Loyola Head Coach Accepts Same Position At Villanova

Feb. 26, 2008

BALTIMORE - Loyola Head Women's Soccer Coach John Byford has accepted the head coaching position at Villanova University, Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan announced today.

Byford, who was head coach of the Greyhounds for three seasons, led Loyola to its sixth NCAA College Cup appearance this season following a victory in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Game.

"John has done a terrific job for us, both on, and off, the field," Boylan said. "Villanova is fortunate to have a coach the caliber of John. We will miss him, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

Byford became head coach at Loyola in 2005 after spending two seasons on the staff as an assistant coach. He was named the MAAC Coach of the Year following the 2006 season.

"I would like to thank Joe Boylan for giving me the opportunity here at Loyola," Byford said. "It was a tough decision to leave the school and particularly my team who are a fantastic group of young women. I will miss the people that I have worked with in my time here but look forward to an exciting new challenge at Villanova."

He led Loyola to a 10-6-5 overall record this season, and the Greyhounds then shut out Fairfield and Marist in the MAAC Championships to advance to the NCAA College Cup where they lost in the first round to Virginia.

Byford amassed a 35-18-7 record in his three years as Loyola's head coach. He coached two MAAC Defensive Players of the Year (Sarra Moller, 2005; Brittany Henderson, 2007) and a MAAC Offensive Player of the Year (Ali Andrzejewski, 2005).

Byford was an assistant coach at Villanova from 1995-1997.

A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.