Feb. 1, 2008
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Alan Koch, who guided Baker University’s men’s soccer team to the second round of the NAIA Region V playoffs in 2007, announced his resignation on Friday and will return to his alma mater, Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Koch was an NAIA All-American soccer player for Simon Fraser in 1998 and was an assistant coach for his alma mater from 2001 to 2003. He will officially take over head coaching duties at Simon Fraser on March 1.

“It is his dream job,” Baker athletic director Dan Harris said. “I support him in this move.”

Koch compiled a 22-16 record in two seasons at Baker, including a 13-7 mark last fall when the Wildcats were ranked as high as 15th in the NAIA.

“He really provided a lot of enthusiasm to the program,” Harris said. “The returning athletes bought into his coaching philosophy and he had a lot of success. A lot of returning talent and strong recruiting class should make us a conference contender next year.”

Baker women’s coach Nate Houser has been named director of soccer and will be the head coach of the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s programs, Harris said. Houser, a 1994 Baker graduate and former professional soccer player, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.