Sheikh leaves TSU to coach soccer at Sewanee

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 24, 2002


Qasim Sheikh, (KASS-UM SHEIK) a former University of the South soccer player and head women’s soccer coach at Troy(Ala.) State for the past three seasons, has been hired as the University of the South head men’s soccer coach it was announced today by the school’s athletics director Mark Webb.

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Sheikh, who has coached the past five years at the NCAA Division I level, is the ninth Sewanee men’s soccer coach in the program’s 34-year-history and replaces Matt Kern, who resigned March 29 to take a similar position at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Sheikh played four years for Kern (1993-1996) and was team co-captain as a junior and senior. He ranks in the top 10 in goals scored (38) and total points (92).

Troy State was 11-8 this past season under Sheikh and produced a pair of first team All-Atlantic Sun Conference players. In three seasons, Sheikh was 17-36-0.

His overall college record is 28-56-3, including an 11-20-3 record at Tennessee Tech (two seasons, 1997, 1998) where he was Ohio Valley Conference Coach-of-the Year in 1998.

"I am excited about the opportunity to coach the Sewanee men’s soccer team,” said Sheikh, who led the Tigers to a 45-29-2 record as a player on the Mountain. "I look forward to the challenge of continuing to build upon the Tigers’ success from the past 12 years.”

Webb said, "I am delighted that Qasim has returned to Sewanee to lead our men’s soccer program. He is an outstanding young coach who has a passion for his alma mater. I am confident that the program will continue to prosper under his guidance and leadership.”