Vandals land new women's soccer coach

University of Idaho athletic director <b>Mike Bohn</b> took away the word interim, naming <b>Arby Busey</b> as the school's women's soccer coach on Thursday.

(Reprinted with permission by The Lewiston Morning Tribune)

Vandals land new women's soccer coach; Idaho promotes Busey

Bert Sahlberg

MOSCOW -- University of Idaho athletic director Mike Bohn took away the word interim, naming Arby Busey as the school's women's soccer coach on Thursday.

Busey, 30, takes over for Larry Foster, who resigned six weeks ago.

When Foster resigned, Busey, an assistant at UI the past two seasons, was named interim coach.

After going through applications and interviews, Bohn on Wednesday offered the job to Busey.

"This was a very comfortable selection," Bohn said. "There was an overwhelming sentiment from the selection committee, the players and parents, that Arby was the best choice. We are fortunate to have a quality head coach emerge internally from a competitive pool of candidates.

Busey becomes only the second coach in the short history of the program. Last year, in its fourth year of existence, Idaho finished 9-8-3.

"I'm excited for the opportunity," Busey said. "I'm excited about what we can do. We have created some big shoes here and the challenge is just try to maintain the success we have had. We have a strong foundation here."

Idaho has posted 20 wins over the last two seasons and placed third in the Big West Conference in 2000.

Busey spent the last two seasons working primarily with the goalkeepers, but Foster also delegated many duties to his assistants so Busey has experience in several areas, including recruiting.

"It definitely makes it easier to plunge into a head coaching position," Busey said. "The move should be a subtle one in a lot of areas. There won't be many changes in the way we recruit or coach."

But there will be a few changes.

While Busey said Foster had a pretty relaxed style of coaching, he said he's fairly relaxed too. But he's certainly not shy.

"If a player needs to be spoken to, they will be," Busey said. "In the past, some of those words didn't come out. Players will be very clear where they stand."

His familiarity with the program was a big plus, Bohn said.

"We believe coach Busey has played an integral part in building our program the last two years," Bohn said. "He has represented Idaho soccer with a high degree of professionalism and that shined through even more during the hiring process. We anticipate immediate and long-term positive results from coach Busey."

Busey said the parts are in place for a solid season this fall and believes the team can compete for the league title.

"With the kids returning and the seven new players coming in, we will put a quality team on the field," Busey said. "The foundation is solid here and I couldn't have a better situation. I'm champing at the bit to start fall practice."

Busey has retained Steve Crump as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. With that, Busey said he doesn't feel big changes have to be made for the team to have success.

"Last fall we had some cohesion issues where the team wasn't functioning well together," Busey said. "Our goal this spring was to overcome those problems and get better. The girls have done an amazing job coming together. This spring, their focus was on the same goal."

Busey came to UI prior to the 2000 season after spending seven years as an assistant coach at Mercer Island High School, his alma mater. He spent four seasons helping with the girls' team and three with the boys.

Busey also coached girls U16 an U17 programs for the Washington Soccer Club and has been a staff member of the Washington State Olympic Development Program. His involvement helped UI be selected as an ODP regional site for two straight years.

Busey played soccer at Villanova in 1989 and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting there in 1993.

The Vandals begin fall practice on Aug. 13 and start the season Aug. 31 at Boise State. The Vandals return seven starters from a year ago.

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