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Aug. 19, 1997

Red Raider Soccer Program Adds Assistant Coach

Chura Returns to Tech After One-Year Stint at James Madison

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Barb Chura has been named assistant women's soccer coach for the second time in her coaching career, head coach Felix Oskam announced today. Chura joins Oskam who took over the program in late July.

"Felix and I have always had a great working relationship. We are not only coaching peers, but also good friends. That kind of relationship is important when you are trying to continue to build a program. That is one of the reasons that I am excited about coming back to Tech. I want to help Felix make this program into one that is nationally recognized. Besides, I love the people and the weather," Chura said.

Chura returns to Texas Tech after spending a year at James Madison University. The Dukes finished the 1996 season with a first place finish in the CAA Conference, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a final rank of 14th in the Division I national poll.

"I am very excited to have a coach of her caliber. Her experience at James Madison will definitely help us out. Also, she is already familiar with over half of our kids, which is a big plus," Oskam said.

A 1993 graduate of Connecticut, Chura helped lead the Huskies to a Top 10 national ranking during her playing seasons, and to the NCAA Final Four in 1990. She was named team captain in 1992. She still ranks among UConn's all-time assists (21st) and point (33rd) leaders.

Chura has also served as a staff coach for the North Texas Soccer Association for two years. In 1993-94 she coached the Under-19 Eagle Elite Soccer Club in Connecticut, and in 1993 she was an assistant coach with the Under-19 Capital United Soccer Club that won the New York State Championship.

During her previous tenure at Tech, Chura reserved her place in Texas Tech athletic lore by being the first assistant coach in women's soccer history. In her first season, Chura helped lead the Lady Raiders to a 9-5-1 mark. The following season, the Red Raiders finished with a 12-7-2 record and advanced to the second round of the first and only Southwest Conference.

Chura played on the Olympic Development Program Region I team and the Eastern New York State teams while in high school. She was also a member of the Connecticut Cuervo Women's Soccer Club, which consists of current and former U.S. National team members and former collegiate All-Americans. Chura claimed a gold medal in 1989, 1991 and 1992 as a member of the Adirondack Region at the Empire State Games.

She currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "C" license and a USSF "D" license. She will pursue her USSF "B" license in January of 1998.

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