Skilled coach added to UF's soccer team


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Florida's soccer team will add a very experienced face to its sidelines this fall.
Alan Kirkup, a former Manchester United FC player and one of the NCAA career coaching wins leaders, was named the Gators' new assistant coach Wednesday.
Kirkup replaces Danielle Fotopoulos, who left to join the U.S. Women's National Team earlier this spring.
Kirkup said he understands the expectations at Florida.
"I think my job is to keep them on the right path," he said. "We have a talented team returning and ambitions are huge in the SEC - and nationally. Hopefully I can do my part to contribute and help the team toward its goals."
Kirkup's resume includes five years as a Manchester United player (1972-76) and 25 years as a coach. Kirkup is 16th on the NCAA all-time wins list with a 224-137 career record.
"Alan knows so much about the game and his tactical knowledge is certainly one of the best I've encountered," Florida coach Becky Burleigh said. "The team will gain tremendously from his teaching ability and knowledge. We are looking forward to him being a part of the Gator program."
Kirkup has been the head coach at Arkansas (1999-2003), Maryland (1996-99) and Southern Methodist (1986-1996). Kirkup was also the assistant men's coach at SMU from 1985-88 and a graduate assistant at Eastern Illinois from 1981-82.

Gators earn 18 entries in track and field

Florida's men's and women's track teams each received nine berths in the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, beginning June 7 in Sacramento, Calif.
Florida's 18 entries are the 12th most of any school in the country.
The 11th-ranked men will send seven athletes competing in eight individual events, in addition to the 4X100m relay.
The individuals are: senior Shane Stroup (1,500m), senior Sekou Clarke (400m), senior Alex Harris (triple jump), senior Kayne Dakoski (decathlon), junior Mike Morrison (long and high jumps), sophomore Wes Stockbarger (discus), freshman Willie Perry (200m) and the 4x100 relay team.
The unranked women's team will send senior Nadine Palmer (4x100 and 4x400m relay), sophomore Lakecia Ealey (4x100 relay, 100M), freshman Nene Kamate (4x100 and 4x400m relay), senior Rachel Longfors (discus), senior Jyn Wynn (hammer), senior Dara Altman (pole vault), freshman Shannon Leinert (800m), sophomore Natalie Knight (200m) and sophomore Natalie Moser (pole vault).
The men will be going for their seventh top 10 finish in the last eight seasons, while the women will be going for their fifth straight.

Gal: An All-American

Sophomore women's golfer Sandra Gal has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association's honorable mention All-American team.
Gal is the third Gator All-American under coach eighth-year coach Jill Briles-Hinton and the 20th different All-American in the program's 36-year history.

Men's golfers honored

Seniors Matt Every, Brett Stegmaier and James Vargas, as well as freshman Billy Horschel were named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team Wednesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
A total of 17 golfers were honored in the southeast region, which was one of nine regions throughout the country.

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