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Oct. 4, 2002

Columbus, Ohio – Andy Geiger, The Ohio State University director of athletics, announced today that Buckeye women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker has signed a new three-year contract that will keep her at the helm of the OSU program through the 2006 season.

Now in her sixth campaign as head coach, Walker has amassed a 53-50-6 record (.514) with OSU, including two 12-plus win seasons. She is 18-28-4 (.380) in Big Ten play and stands 66-73-7 (.476) overall as a collegiate coach following a two-year stint at Kansas.

The second women’s soccer head coach in the history of the program, Walker was the recipient of the 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year award as she reversed a 4-7 start to the season into a 10-9-1 campaign that included victories over nationally-ranked Connecticut and Penn State. The Buckeyes also fell in a tough 2-0 battle to then-No. 1 North Carolina in front of over 3,000 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last November.

Walker is excited about the stability that the new contract brings to the program and feels it will allow her program to make strides toward national prominence.

“The three-year contract exemplifies the commitment Ohio State has to the women’s soccer program. This contract shows the trust that the athletics department has in my goals for the program and that the department has confidence in the direction we are headed.” Walker said. “That sense of trust validates our pursuit of being a national contender for years to come. The new contract will definitely help us in recruiting. It certainly makes me feel good about where we are and should motivate those in the program to continue to climb the ladder on the national stage.”

Geiger is pleased to extend coach Walker’s tenure at the university.

“We are delighted to have Lori continue her work in building the Ohio State women’s soccer program into a Big Ten and national contender.” Geiger said. Ohio State (3-5-1, 1-1-1) continues play this weekend with a trip to the state of Michigan for matches with both Michigan State (7-2-0, 3-1-0) and Michigan (8-1-0, 3-1-0). The Buckeyes face the Spartans, ranked No. 5 in the Sept. 30 NSCAA Great Lakes regional poll, Friday at 4 p.m. and will battle the Wolverines, slotted in the 13th position in the latest NSCAA national poll and 14th in the last SoccerBuzz rankings, Sunday at 2 p.m. Michigan will mark the fifth nationally-ranked opponent OSU has faced in the early going this season.