Aug. 15, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss women's soccer coach Scott Ebke announced Wednesday the hiring of Betty Casey to fill the assistant coach vacancy in his staff.
Casey will begin her duties immediately as the Golden Eagles open up their season on Friday at Mercer.
"I have known Betty since she was a star prep player and I recruited and coached her during my time at Mississippi State," said Ebke. "She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge about the game of soccer as a whole, and has a real knack for the offense. I believe she will be a great addition to our team and her skill set fits perfectly with where we want to be as a team this season and beyond."
The Mississippi State graduate comes to Southern Miss after rocketing up the soccer coaching and playing ranks. Following her graduation from MSU in 2006, Casey joined on with Miami Kickers F.C. of the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) where she was named All-Sunshine Conference in 2008 and led the league in overall points and scoring points that season. She was also named the Offensive MVP. She added to her professional playing career in 2009 when she joined on to play with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League in Canada.
As a coach, Casey has served on numerous camp coaching staffs as well as led teams on the high school and premier level.
Immediately following graduation, Casey served as the head coach of the Coral Springs Christian Academy junior varsity and varsity squads. She then made the move from Florida to Canada where she served as the coach and speed trainer for fundamental futbol training squads.
As a collegiate player, Casey is among the most distinguished players in Bulldog history. Her career marks for points (51), goals (20), assists (11), shots (191) and game-winning assists (6) all rank in the top 10 in MSU history. She led the Bulldogs is scoring, shots and points for three consecutive seasons (2003-05), and in two of those years, she also led the team in assists.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Mercer on Friday and have a pair of road games before opening their home slate on August 31 during the Courtyard Marriot Southern Miss Tournament when they host Georgia State and Louisiana-Monroe.