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Updated: 08/03/2013 08:00:54AM

WIU names new women’s soccer coach

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Ashley Cockrell is the new women’s soccer coach for the Lady Warriors.

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BABSON PARK, Fla. – Webber International University Athletic Director, Bill Heath, has announced that Ashley Cockrell is the new women’s soccer coach for the Lady Warriors. Cockrell replaces Coach Jami Hagy, who ran the program for the past six years. Hagy resigned in June, to pursue other interest, had a 53-41-4 record during her career at WIU.

Cockrell comes to Webber from Lake Wales High School where she led the Highlanders to the Class 3A, District 13 title last season. In five years as the Lake Wales Coach, Cockrell led her teams to two district championships. She was named Coach of the Year for the 2013 season.

Cockrell played four years as a starting forward for NCAA-I Jacksonville State University (AL). She scored 20 goals and had 11 assists during her four year career. Cockrell was named to the Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference Team for three years and won numerous Atlantic Sun Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week Awards.

Also, in 2001 she was the backup place kicker for the JSU football team. She became the first woman to score in a NCAA Division I football game on Aug. 30, 2001.

“We are elated to have Ashley as our women’s soccer coach,” stated Heath. “She will be a great role model, mentor, and coach for our ladies,” added Heath. “We had 46 applications from around the world and we found our coach, seven miles from our campus, in Lake Wales,” Heath said.

“I did not have a plan to leave Lake Wales,” Cockrell said. “I wasn’t looking to make a change. Going through the interview process I just fell in love with the campus and the athletic department. I then really wanted to be a part of Webber,” said Cockrell.

Cockrell graduated from Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama, with two degrees – Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in Psychology – she is a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. Ashley is an avid competitor in triathlons, half marathons, half iron man events, and mountain biking endurance racing.

Cockrell resides in Lake Wales with her husband and three children. Aug. 1 was her official first day on the job. The Lady Warriors soccer team reports for pre-season practice on Thursday, Aug. 8.