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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 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 four seasons.
The 2009 season was culminated by the naming of three Bearcats to the All-MIAA team – most since 2000 – including Kira Lazenby who became the first player in program history to be named the league’s top goalkeeper. Forward Andrea Tritz and defender Jessica Braun also earned all-conference honors. All three became two-time honorees.
Lazenby posted a record 18 shutouts in just 39 games at Northwest. She signed a professional contract with the Santa Clarita Blue Heat of the USL’s W-League in the spring of 2010.
Hoza, meanwhile, has coached eight student-athletes who have earned 12 All-MIAA selections at Northwest. Lazenby and midfielder Holly Ramaeker have provided the Bearcats first-team choices in back-to-back seasons.
Hoza is the second coach in program history, the longest tenured and holds the most wins. She arrived in Maryville from Toledo University in Ohio where she served as an assistant at the Division I program for two seasons.
Prior 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.
Hoza is 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. Her and her husband, Matt, reside in Maryville.