BANNER ELK, N.C. - Assistant women's soccer coach Anna Betton will depart from the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcat women's soccer program to pursue a graduate degree in physical education at Western Carolina University and be a graduate assistant for the Lady Catamounts.
Betton spent a season with the Lady Bobcats and saw the team improve from a 5-15 season in 2007 to a 11-9 record in 2008.
"Coach Betton has been given a fantastic opportunity to earn her masters degree, while working under a great coach and friend of mine, Tammy DeCesare, who has won two conference championships in the past four years in the Southern Conference at Western Carolina," Lees-McRae head coach Renee Lopez said. "We are extremely sad to see Anna go as she helped take our program to the next level over the past year. She will be truly missed by both the girls and myself. We wish her the best of luck and know that Western Carolina is getting a huge asset to their program."
"I am very excited about adding Anna Betton to our staff," DeCesare said. "As a former standout in this conference, her knowledge of our opponents and ability to succeed at the highest level will be an incredible asset to our attacking players. She brings an arsenal of ideas to improve our attack, which I am excited about. It's been the area we've struggled the most in over the past two years. "
Betton played for Division I Furman University, in the Southern Conference, where she was honored with Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2007. Anna was a four-year starter at midfield and forward, tallying 32 career goals. Her junior year she led the Southern Conference in goals and scoring, and her senior season she lead the conference in goals, scoring, and assists. Her Paladin squad made it to the SoCon Finals during each of her four seasons, winning twice and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Anna finished her Furman career as the sixth all-time goal scorer and seventh in total points in school history. She was twice named First Team All Conference.
"I loved being a part of the Lees-McRae coaching staff and would like to thank everyone who gave me this opportunity," Betton said. "It has been a great learning experience and incredible first step in pursuing my dream to be a coach. I am sad to leave such a great school and community, but excited about the opportunity to continue my coaching career, while obtaining a masters degree in physical education."