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Northwest Missouri State University

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Tracy Hoza

Tracy Hoza
Head Coach

Tracy Hoza has been the head coach of Northwest Missouri State's soccer program since 2003 and every year that passes seems to be for the better.

The Bearcats made their second consecutive trip to the postseason under Hoza in 2013. Northwest finished with an 8-7-3 record. Northwest played in 12 games decided by one goal or less including an MIAA tournament loss to Northeastern State 2-1.

The Bearcats won a program-record 11 games in 2009 and placed fifth in the MIAA standings, the team's best finish since 2001. That performance followed a 10-win season in 2008 and a nine-win mark in 2006. The three best records in the program's 11-year history have come in the last five seasons.

The 2012 season saw six Bearcats earn All-MIAA honors. Under Hoza, 25 Bearcats have earned All-MIAA accolades while Kira Lazenby was the program’s first Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009. Lazenby went on to sign a professional contract with the Santa Clarita Blue Head of the USL’s W-League in the spring of 2010.

Hoza is the second coach in program history, the longest tenured and holds the most wins at Northwest with 69 wins. She arrived in Maryville from Toledo University in Ohio where she served as an assistant at the Division I program for two seasons.

Tracy HozaPrior to Toledo, Hoza was the assistant coach at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania where she helped lead the Lady Eagles to a 32-6-3 mark in two seasons. Lock Haven won two PSAC championships, advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in 1999 and to the Elite Eight in 2000 with Hoza on board.

Hoza was a four-year letterwinner at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and was a two-time NSCAA All-American for the Lakers in 1994 and 1995. She was also a three-time all-region honoree and captained the Lakers' 1994 NCAA Division II Final Four team. Before that, Hoza played for the Irish junior and senior national teams from 1987-91.

A native of Limerick, Ireland, she earned her undergraduate degree from Mercyhurst in sports medicine and received her master's degree in liberal arts from Lock Haven. Hoza and her husband, Matt, have one daugheter, Cora, and reside in Maryville.