November 27, 2012 3:22:46 PM
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University soccer program will begin a new era with the hiring of Aaron Gordon as its next head coach.
Gordon, who has never gotten the opportunity to be a head coach at the collegiate level, was established as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation during his six-year tenure at Texas Tech University.
The Red Raiders made the program's debut in the NCAA Soccer Tournament after advancing to the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament for the first time in school history. Texas Tech, which finished the season with a school record 16 wins, advanced to the second round this season after defeating North Texas 2-0 in a home postseason match.
Gordon arrived at Tech after a three-year stint with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer where he served as the director of coaching for the second largest youth club program in north Texas.
Gordon, 43, oversaw all facets of the Red Raiders program including recruiting, scouting, team training and video match analysis.
"Coach Gordon has been an integral part of this Texas Tech soccer program from day one," Stone said in 2011 when he promoted Gordon. "After three years in the WUSA together, I was thankful to be able to partner with Aaron and his wife Ashley in the process of building this team at Texas Tech"
Aaron Gordon will also bring his wife Ashley as a member of the MSU coaching staff. She arrived at Tech in 2007 alongside her husband, Aaron Gordon, after leading Richland College to the National Junior College Athletics Association Division III National Championship the previous season. The title win earned Gordon National NJCAA Coach of the Tournament and National Coach of the Year honors.
The couple has two daughters, 11-year-old Addison and seven-year-old Avery.
This February Texas Tech announced a 10-member signing class that was ranked one of the top classes in program history. The signing class included forward Janine Beckie, who was named the Big 12 Conference rookie of the year led the Red Raiders with 14 goals on the season, five of which were game-winners.
"Aaron's keen eye for talent, as well as his ability to organize a team, have been invaluable assets as our program has developed through the last five seasons," Stone said.
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