Published 12:09 am Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT — The Steve Holeman era of Lamar soccer officially got under way Wednesday as the Cardinals held their first official practice of the season as they prepare for the Aug. 19 season opener against Texas State at the LU Soccer Complex.

“This is an exciting time for us,” Holeman said after Wednesday’s morning session, the first of two practices scheduled for the day. “This is why we do what we do. Sometimes there are so many other responsibilities that we don’t get to coach as much as we’d like. I love doing this.”

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Holeman, who posted a 218-164-42 record over 21 seasons as a head coach at Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia with six trips to the NCAA Tournament, takes over an LU squad that has failed to make the Southland Conference Tournament in each of the past three seasons, a streak he would like to see come to an end this season.

The Cardinals went 8-11-1 last season and 4-6-1 in conference play, missing out in a tiebreaker with Central Arkansas for the final spot in the conference tournament. LU returns seven starters from last season, including sophomore Jordan Mulnix, who was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection last year after setting a school record with 28 points and tying a school mark with 12 goals.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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