Former Miner Ashleigh Decker is in her fourth year as an assistant soccer coach for the UTEP soccer program. She was tabbed to the position on Feb. 10, 2012.
She has helped the Miners reach at least 10 wins in each of her three seasons, including consecutive 12-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014. UTEP has finished in third place in Conference USA in back-to-back years.
Decker's strong and physical style of play as a defender from her playing days has rubbed off on the squad. The breakthrough on defense came during a historic 2014 season. The Miners set school standards for fewest goals allowed (15), goals against average (0.67) and overtime games played (10).
As a player, Decker was as steady as can be. She was a four-year starter (2003-06) and captained the 2005 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Decker started all 84 matches during her time with the Orange and Blue, which rates tied as the most in program history. She logged the second-most minutes (6,916) in school history, making a name for herself a strong, physical defender throughout her career. She helped the Miners forge a combined record of 59-23-2 and was a key component in their rise to one of the elite teams in the NCAA's Central Region.
It was no more evident than in 2005 when UTEP rolled to a program-best mark of 20-4-1, including a 3-2 OT victory at Texas to punch its ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Decker was a leader of the back line that forged 33 combined shutouts over her four years in uniform, including the top two single-season efforts (11, 2006; 8, 2005) in program history.
She also got involved in the offense, tallying a pair of goals to go along with 12 assists. At the time of her graduation from UTEP, the 12 helpers ranked as the ninth most in program history.
Decker was a solid student as well, earning academic honors from the conference on three occasions.
She graduated with a degree in business management from UTEP in May 2007.