Illini seeking soccer coach

Illini seeking soccer coach

Illinois women''s soccer will begin its sixth season with its third head coach.

Tricia Taliaferro, who led Illinois to a 38-24-3 record and two NCAA tournament appearances, has taken the head coaching job at Miami (Fla.).

The Hurricanes had been seeking a replacement for Jim Blankenship, who resigned in May after four seasons. Blankenship went 42-34-3 in four seasons, leading Miami to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2001.

Taliaferro was with the UI program since its inception in 1997, serving as an assistant to Jillian Ellis. Taliaferro, whose father quarterbacked the Illini''s Rose Bowl team in 1963-64, was hired as head coach when Ellis left for UCLA in 1999.

Taliaferro could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Illinois reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in Taliaferro''s second season. Last season, Illinois went 12-8-1, advancing to the title match at the Big Ten tournament for the first time and losing to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament.

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