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Farmer leaves Penn State for WUSA Power; Waldrum stays at Notre Dame.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.(Tuesday, December 5, 2000) -- Patrick Farmer, who led the Penn State women’s program to national prominence over the past seven years, resigned yesterday to become coach of the New York Power of the new Women’s United Soccer Association.

Pat Farmer
Pat Farmer, who led Penn State's women since their inception since 1994, resigned to take over the New York Power of the WUSA.
"Pat Farmer has done an outstanding job for the women's soccer program, and we hate to lose him, but are understanding of the opportunity presented to him," PSU athletic director Tim Curley said in a written statement. "We wish him the very best and appreciate the momentum he has provided for our program."

While the WUSA has not announced Farmer’s hiring, league officials confirmed it will happen soon.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame coach Randy Waldrum, who took the Irish to the NCAA semifinals last weekend and the national championship match in 1999, has decided to stay in South Bend. He was believed to have agreed to coach the WUSA’s Bay Area CyberRays before changing his mind and contacting team officials over the weekend.

Farmer guided Penn State’s program since its inception in 1994 and took the 1999 Nittany Lions to the Final Four. This fall, PSU was 22-3-1 and proceeded to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third year in a row.

The Lions also captured Big Ten tournament for the second straight year in 2000 and established school bests with 22 victories, most shutouts (17), fewest goals allowed (11) and lowest goals-against average (0.40).

Farmer’s record at Penn State was 123-34-8 (.770). Including seven years at Ithaca College, his mark was 234-57-28 (.777).

Farmer was named the national "Coach of the Year" by a panel of his peers in 1998.

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