Vixen soccer welcomes new head coach

Former assistant coach Eric Struble has been named interim head soccer coach at Sweet Briar College, replacing Kevin Fabulich.

Eric Struble and Kevin Fabulich
Eric Struble (back) is taking over as head coach for Kevin Fabulich (front).

Struble will organize and coach the team’s non-traditional practice sessions in the spring, along with continuing recruiting efforts for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year.

Fabulich, who led the Vixen program for the past eight years, has accepted a position as executive director of Central Virginia United Soccer Club in Lynchburg.

He departs with a Sweet Briar record of 22 victories. He and Struble helped the College to its best season yet in 2014, equaling or breaking team marks for wins (seven), ODAC victories (four), winning percentage (.467) and shutouts (five). That included a 5-2 opening month and the first 4-0 start in school history. The Vixens just barely missed their first ODAC playoff spot since 1997 on head-to-head tiebreakers. A young 2014 roster featured seven underclass starters, including the team’s top-five leading scorers.

“We wish Kevin the best as he ventures into this new direction outside of college athletics,” said Sweet Briar athletic director Teresa Boylan. “We have been fortunate to know him as a colleague and friend, and see the soccer program grow in a positive direction.”

Struble has been with the College for the past three seasons and has helped the Vixens improve by three or more wins for two consecutive seasons. He was a four-year player on Randolph College’s men’s soccer team, holds an NSCAA Goalkeeping II Diploma and a USSF National D License, and has also coached in the Alta Vista High School varsity girls’ soccer program.

“The team is in very capable hands with Coach Struble,” Boylan said. “I have confidence the soccer players and program will continue forward with what we have in place for spring season.”

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