Aug. 13, 2009
The Auburn soccer team kicks off the season in on Sunday, August 23rd at Samford at 6pm. In the days leading up to the season-opener, AuburnTigers.com will count backwards from 10, pointing out significant facts about the number of days left until the opener.
10 - Years that Karen Hoppa has been the head coach at Auburn (115-76-13 / .594)
For the past 10 years, Auburn Head Soccer Coach Karen Hoppa has ruled the sidelines on the pitch at Auburn. Owning a 115-76-16 (.594) mark at Auburn and a career record of 179-120-25 (.591) in 16 seasons, she is the winningest coach in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division since taking over at Auburn. Since the start of the 2001 season, two years after her arrival at Auburn, she has guided the program to eight 10-win seasons, seven NCAA Tournament berths, six SEC Western Division Titles and an astounding 30-6-4 (.800) mark against Western Division Teams.
Owning an eye for spotting talent and the ability to coach players to the best of their ability, Hoppa, who is also heavily involved in the state and region ODP programs, has helped five different players collect a total of 11 All-America honors, has coached 10 All-SEC First Team selections, 10 All-SEC Second Team selections, a pair of SEC Players of the Year (Sarah Steinmann - 2002; Ronda Brooks - 2006) and two SEC Freshmen of the Year (Megan Rivera - 2001; Katy Frierson - 2008). There have also been 29 All-Region honors handed out to Auburn players during Hoppa's tenure. Her teams continually achieve great success in the classroom as the Tigers have earned 99 spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, while Jenn Johnson and Erin Hinson were both named to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, with Hinson winning the accolade in 2003 and Johnson in both 2007 and 2008. Her work with ODP has included her being named the assistant head coach of the Region III team in 2008, one of many positions she has held over the past 10 years.
Hoppa has continually brought in some of the top recruiting classes in the nation, which included the 15th-best class in 2002 and the 17th-best class in 2006, with each class winning three SEC West Championships during their time at Auburn.