Mizzou soccer coach Blitz to retire after 25 years in charge

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri women’s soccer coach Bryan Blitz, who has led the program for the entirety of its 25-year existence, said Sunday that he is retiring to spend more time with his family.

Blitz went 254-216-39 with the Tigers, and he was 299-260-47 in 30 seasons as a college head coach. His tenure at Missouri is the fifth longest in school history behind baseball coach John Simmons (35 years), basketball coach Norm Stewart (32), men’s and women’s track coach Rick McGuire (27) and men’s track and field coach Tom Botts (26).

Blitz led the Tigers to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, one regular-season Big 12 title and one Big 12 Tournament title. He was coach of the year in the Midwestern College Conference while at Butler, then won coach of the year awards in the Big 12 in 2007 and 2009 and the Southeastern Conference in 2015.

Missouri finished 6-5-3 with a season-ending 1-0 victory over longtime rival Kansas on Saturday.

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