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MSUB Athletics

BILLINGS – The Montana State University Billings women’s soccer team will have a new direction moving forward, as six-year head coach Wojtek Krakowiak has resigned in an announcement on Tuesday.

“We would like to thank Coach Krakowiak for his service over the past six years as head coach and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said MSUB athletic director Krista Montague. “We are excited for a new direction for our women’s soccer team moving forward, and are committed to fully supporting our student-athletes during this transition.”

“I want to say thank you to the university, Krista, and Chancellor Nook for the opportunity to coach this program,” Krakowiak said. “I really appreciate their help, and definitely will miss the student-athletes I coached and the soccer community in Billings. The program is going in the right direction, and I had some really good times at MSUB on and off the field. As a family we will always remember Billings as a really nice place.”

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MSUB assistant coach Stephen Cavallo has been named the interim head coach, effective immediately, and will handle all coaching duties for the program while the framework for a national search is laid in the coming weeks.

In six seasons in charge, Krakowiak tabulated a record of 53-38-14 (.571) overall and a mark of 40-29-11 (.569) in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. He led MSUB to GNAC Championships tournament appearances in the 2012, 2014, and 2015 seasons, and the ‘Jackets finished as highly as second in the league under his guidance (11-4-2, 9-3-2 GNAC in 2014).

Krakowiak’s teams also experience academic success, as the Yellowjackets recently won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 15th year in-a-row.

MSUB finished the 2016 season with a record of 4-9-3 overall, and took sixth place in the GNAC with a league record of 4-6-2.