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Portland State elevates Schott to become head coach.

Laura Schott
After three years as an assistant coach, Laura Schott was promoted to replace Tim Bennett, her former boss who resigned Tuesday.
-- Portland State University web site photo --

PORTLAND, Ore. (Friday, February 22, 2008) -- Laura Schott, the all-time leading women's scorer at University of California, was named coach at Portland State today.

Schott, a native of Portland, served as an assistant all three years for Tim Bennett, who resigned Tuesday to become associate head coach at Iowa State. In his three years at PSU, Bennett led the Vikings to a 16-34-5 (.336), 9-9-2 in the Big Sky Conference, after going 7-10-2, 3-3-1 in league in 2007.

"Laura brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach and is the perfect person to continue the program's growth," PSU director of athletics Torre Chisolm said in a press release. "As a native Portlander, Laura also brings a renewed focus on building ties to the local community and creating support for PSU soccer."

Schott, 26, becomes Portland State's seventh head coach. "I am excited to put my feet on the ground and get running with this program," Schott said in the release. "This team's prospects are great and our goal is to contend for a Big Sky Conference title every year. I want the girls to know that the goal is not to be just a team, but a program and, eventually, we will contend every year at the regional and national level."

Schott was initially hired by Portland State to organize training sessions during its last head coaching search, following coach Tara Erickson's resignation to take over at Oregon. When Bennett was hired in spring 2005, he named Schott his assistant.

PSU graduated one senior from 2007 and has signed 11 new players. "There will be some adjustment period with the girls and myself, but, I am looking forward to the transition," Schott said. "I want them to feel like they are more than a team, but a part of something special that is developing."

At California, Schott scored 56 goals, breaking the record of 55 by Joy Fawcett who, with the U.S. women, played on two Women's World Cup champions and two Summer Olympics gold-medal sides. As a sophomore, Schott tied Fawcett's single-season record with 23 goals.

In 2003, Schott was a member of the Washington Freedom, which won the final Women's United Soccer League title. With the WUSA defunct, Schott joined the California Storm, leading the club to a Women's Professional Soccer League crown with a league best 14 goals. She played in five games for the United States women in the 2001 Algarve Cup, scoring one goal.

At Iowa State, Bennett will assist Wendy Dillinger, a successful Division III coach who hired January 24 to lead the Cyclones.

At Washington University of St. Louis, Dillinger compiled a 86-25-8 (.756) record in six seasons while leading the Bears to four NCAA Tournaments and three University Athletic Association championships and another shared one. Her winning percentage was 14th best among active Division III coaches.

Dillinger replaced Rebecca Hornbacher, who quit December 3 after six seasons. Iowa State was 8-6-5 in 2007.

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