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College Spotlight: New ABU Women's Soccer Coach Christian Materazzi

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Glevnille State Woman's basketball has had great success this year replacing a successful coach with a new head man already familiar with the program.

Alderson Broaddus University Women's Soccer is looking to follow suite after former head coach Patrick McGinnis stepped down opening the door for Christian Materazzi.

"I don't think there will be many changes going forward," said Materazzi. "I've been here for four years working with the girls. I was the recruiting coordinator. It's going to be a lot of the same. We'll focus on team chemistry, hard work and having fun."

More of the same is music to ABU's ears.

The Lady Battlers have been very successful in it's six years. Under former Coach McGinnis the Battlers won a WVIAC Tournament, regular season title, and had a birth into the NCAA Tournament.

"These kind of situations where one coach leaves and an assistant coach takes over. For me, it's a time when the team comes together or falls apart. I think we're going to come together real well," said Materazzi.

McGinnis left ABU to start the woman's program at Fairmont State.

Materazzi has coached at ABU for four of the last five years. This season he loses just 3 players and returns a talented squad that finished 3rd in this year's G-Mac tournament.

"You know I'm really looking forward to the spring, spring training, getting the work done, and that first game as a head coach," he said. "I've been an assistant for the past 12 years, I've put my time in and I think ready for that first game, that first whistle as a head coach."