Kansas Soccer Names Marjanovic as Assistant Coach

March 4, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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Marjanovic (pronounced: Mar-YAHN-oh-vich) spent last season as the interim head coach at the University of Nevada-Reno last season, taking over the program in August, 2007. She spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack.

“I’m excited to join the staff,” Marjanovic said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be a part of one of the top programs in the Big 12 and the challenges that presents. I want to thank Mark (Francis) for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the staff and the student-athletes.”

Marjanovic replaces former assistant coach Kara Lowery, who accepted a position at the University of Oklahoma last month.

Marjanovic helped lead the Wolfpack to its best season in program history in 2006 as Nevada turned in program bests for wins (13), goals (43), points (126) and shutouts (12). In addition, she helped guide the Pack to its first WAC Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament appearance. During her time at Nevada, Marjanovic has helped recruit three consecutive Soccer Buzz top-ranked recruiting classes in the WAC.

Prior to her stint at Nevada, Marjanovic served as an assistant coach and as the head coach of the junior varsity program at ElmiraCollege, a Division III school in Elmira, N.Y.

Marjanovic had an impressive playing career while playing for ArizonaState from 1997-2001. She was named ASU’s Rookie of the Year in 1997 as well as being named All-Pac-10 second-team in 1997 and 2000. She was the first ASU soccer player to garner all-conference honors.

She left her mark in the school’s record book, finishing her career second all time in points (64), game-winning goals (seven) and assists (18). She ranks third all-time in goals with 23.

“We are very excited about adding Antoinette to our staff,” Francis said. “She brings a lot of experience, energy, and passion to our program and will be instrumental in helping us win another Big 12 title at Kansas. She was a very good player and will be a key in helping our players continue to develop technically through individual training sessions.”

“I look forward to working with Antionette and helping her continue her development as a coach.”

Marjanovic and the Jayhawks will host MissouriState in a spring exhibition contest Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Admission to Saturday’s match is free of charge.