Placek resigns as Ozarks' soccer coach

Release Date: 1/23/1999

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks men's soccer coach Scott Placek announced his resignation this month to take a position in a private law firm in Austin, Texas.

Placek, who started both the men's and women's soccer programs at Ozarks three years ago, led the Eagles to their first winning record this past season, a 12-8 mark .
    
 "I received a very attractive offer in Austin to practice law and this is the best thing for me right now in reaching some of my personal goals," said Placek, who earned his law degree from University of Texas School of Law and who was in private practice for four years prior to coming to Ozarks. "I'm very proud of some of the things we accomplished here. We advanced further that I would have imagined and I think we exceeded even the highest of expectations in three years."
     
Placek was the head coach of both the men's and women's soccer programs for the first two years before turning over the women's program to former assistant Aaron Metzger and focusing on just the men's team this past season. The Eagles were winless in 1996 before improving to 5-13-1 in 1997. Last year the Eagles were 12-8 despite having a roster of primarily freshmen and sophomores.
     
"Scott did a tremendous job of starting a program from scratch and taking it to where it is now," said Ozarks Athletics Director Jack Jones. "The way the program has continually improved and grown is a tribute to his recruiting and coaching style. He leaves the program in excellent shape and it should be an easy transition for whoever comes in and takes over."
     
Placek said the one area of the soccer program he is most proud of is that in three years he did not have one player lose his or her eligibility because of academics.
     
"My players always got the job done in the classroom and on the field and that's something I'm very proud of," he said. "My goal was to develop a well-rounded program that was strong in all areas and I think we had that."
     
Jones said he has already begun a search to replace Placek.
     
"We need to move pretty quickly because recruiting is important in the spring," Jones said. "Scott is not going to be easy to replace, but the good thing is that it's an attractive job because of the work he put into the program."