OGDEN -- Weber State soccer assistant coach Tom VudhiVadhana has announced that he is retiring from his full-time position with the Wildcats, but will remain a part of the program as a part-time volunteer coach.
VudhiVadhana has been a part of the Wildcat soccer program since its inception back in 1996. He served as co-head coach alongside Lynn Kofoed for eight seasons, before transitioning to an assistant coach as current head coach Tim Crompton took over.
"I would like to thank Weber State for the opportunities that they have presented me," said VudhiVadhana. "It has been an honor to be a coach with both the club teams and the NCAA team. It has been a great ride. We have had a lot of success over the years and I have met a lot of good people and made a lot of great friends.
"The best part of being involved in the programs at Weber State has been watching all of the girls come through the program. It is because of the kids that we are there, and it has been really fun to see them create great moments on the field, have success in the classroom, and to watch them develop into great, successful people."
As co-head coaches, the duo of VudhiVadhana and Kofoed compiled a 72-68-10 record, three Big Sky regular season championships and one Big Sky postseason championship.
Before being named co-head coach for the varsity program, VudhiVadhana was WSU's women's soccer club head coach from 1993 to 1996 and compiled a three-year record of 63-11-1. In 1993, his club placed third in regionals and went on the next year to win the National Club Soccer Association title.
In 1995, his club won the regional title and placed third at nationals.
VudhiVadhana played a major role in the early success of the program, creating a seamless transition with a group composed mostly of former WSU club soccer players that produced an impressive 7-7-2 first-year record.
"Tom VudhiVadhana is the godfather of collegiate soccer here in this community," said Crompton. "If it wasn't for him, I don't know that Weber State would have had a Division I women's program as soon as it did. Certainly, he was the bridge that gapped the club program to the Division I program."
Over the next few years, the duo of VudhiVadhana and Kofoed raised the bar for Weber State soccer, creating a program that has been one of the most dominant programs in the Big Sky Conference nearly every year. During the pair's tenure, WSU recorded a Big Sky record of 29-15-1 (.659 winning percentage).
In the program's sophomore season, Tom and Lynn coached the 1997 team to a nine-game improvement and a second place finish at the first-ever Big Sky Championship. One year later they were the conference regular season champions, and defeated the defending conference champion Montana Grizzlies in a 2-1 double overtime thriller for the school's first Big Sky post-season championship.
In 2001, the Wildcats added another regular season title to the coaches' list of accomplishments, going 6-0-0 in Big Sky play, but were upset in the conference championship game by Idaho State. In 2003, the Wildcats gave up only a single goal in conference play as they went 4-1-1 and earned another Big Sky regular season title. The team fell in the Big Sky semi-finals 1-0 to Montana.
Kofoed and VudhiVadhana were awarded their third Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year award in 2003. The duo also won the honor in back-to-back years in 1997 and 1998.