Former Miner Ashleigh Decker Named Assistant Soccer Coach
Feb. 10, 2012
EL PASO, TEXAS – Former Miner Ashleigh Decker has been tabbed as an assistant coach for the UTEP soccer team, as announced by head coach Kevin Cross Friday. Decker was a four-year starter for the Miners (2003-06), including captaining the 2005 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“I am very excited and honored to add Ashleigh Decker to the UTEP Soccer coaching staff,” Cross said. “She is a leader, and she knows how to win. She has a strong passion for UTEP Soccer, and knows how to lead and motivate players.
“Ashleigh has bled for UTEP Soccer, and now is returning to her alma mater to help us accomplish what she did as a player. I know UTEP Soccer and the El Paso community will love Ashleigh Decker.”
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.
“I can't even begin to express my excitement to be reunited with UTEP soccer!” Decker said. “The opportunity to work with this program is really special to me, and I'm honored.
“It's a real privilege to be able to positively impact these young ladies and help the team become even stronger.”
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.