Oregon announces the resignation of Carl Ferreira,

<center>Media Release</center><br><br> EUGENE -- University of Oregon women's volleyball coach Carl Ferreira has resigned his position effective immediately following five seasons of heading the school's intercollegiate program, according to the Ducks' Athletics Director Bill Moos.

The 43-year-old Ferreira has directed the Ducks' volleyball program since 2000, accumulating an overall record of 43-104 and 4-86 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Ducks posted a 10-19 record in his final year, including a 1-17 mark and a last-place finish in Pac-10 play. The team, however, was forced to play without the services of as many as two starters throughout the majority of the season due to injuries. Oregon's leading attacker, senior Lauren Westendorf, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the team's 11th match of the season, with the Ducks sporting an 8-2 ledger at the time of her injury. Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Mason also was forced to miss six matches due to an ankle injury.

With a squad featuring 11 underclassmen, Ferreira's 2004 squad got off to an 8-1 start before dropping 18 of its last 20 matches. However, his teams were unable to win more than 11 matches (2002) in any one year while their highest conference finish was a tie for ninth in his first season at the Oregon helm in 2000.

Prior to his arrival in Eugene, he served as head coach at Idaho for three years (1997-99), accumulating a 48-43 record. Ferreira also served as head coach at Cal State Bakersfield (1994-96) where he posted a 100-13 mark, including a 1994 record of 41-3 and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national championships.

He gained his first exposure to the Pac-10 as an assistant coach at top-ranked Stanford in 1994. During his Oregon tenure, Ferreira coached five Pac-10 honorable mention and four Pac-10 all-fresh-man team honorees. His 2004 squad featured six players who earned Pac-10 academic all-conference status.

The Ducks are anticipating the return of 13 of the 15 players from this year's team in 2005, including four of its top five attackers.

A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.

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