UW-La Crosse head women's soccer coach Sara Burton will accept a new administrative position in the athletics department, the school announced Wednesday.
“It’s been a privilege and joy to be a part of the women’s soccer program since it’s near inception at UW-L,”Burton said in a release. “The players have created a great tradition that they can be proud of and I know that as the program moves forward the future is bright."
Burton's move marks the end of her 20 seasons as women's soccer coach. Hired in 1994, her 173 overall wins rank first in school history and third in the WIAC. She was the second coach in school history; the program was elevated to varsity status in 1992. UW-L recorded 13 winning seasons, including eight of the last 11 years.
“In a coaching career that has spanned two decades, Sara can be proud of the program she has built and the lasting impact she has had on generations of UW-L soccer players," UW-L Athletics Director Josh Whitman said. "Now she has the opportunity to make a similar impact on all UW-L student-athletes, not just the women’s soccer team.”
Burton will be the school's "Student-Athlete Success Coordinator," providing academic counseling and support services, as well as coordinating the athletic department's community service efforts. In addition, she will advise Whitman on matters including diversity and inclusivity, gender identity and sexual orientation, hazing, drug and alcohol use and abuse, body image and self-concept.
“I truly enjoy working with the people at UW-L and I value the relationships I’ve had with team members in the soccer program over the years," Burton said. "I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to support our student-athletes beyond their sport experience as they pursue personal growth and identity.”
She will begin her new position immediately.