RICHMOND, Ind. – Sam Byrd, who recently completed his fourth season as head coach of the Earlham College men's soccer program, has announced he will be leaving the program at the end of the month.
Sam's spouse, Sarah Byrd, who is currently Earlham's director of Alumni Relations, has accepted a new position as executive director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement at Knox College in Illinois, and Sam will be joining her in the relocation.
"We are grateful for Sam's many years of dedication to our men's soccer program and his service to his student-athletes, our department, and to Earlham College," said Julie Kline, Earlham's senior director of athletics. "I wish Sam the very best as he forges ahead into new career opportunities."
Byrd, who was only the sixth head coach in the 70-year history of the program, posted a
21-44-2 record over his four seasons at the helm of Earlham men's soccer. He guided the Quakers to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament berth in 2015 with a 9-7-1 overall record, and eight Earlham men's soccer players earned All-HCAC honors under Byrd's tutelage.
Byrd, a 2003 graduate of Earlham College, served as an assistant coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and was on the touchline as an assistant to Earlham legend Roy Messer when the Quakers captured the 2013 HCAC championship – Earlham's first conference title since 1986. Previously, he guided the Richmond High School boys' soccer team to four sectional championships and one conference title as the program's head coach between 2009 and 2012. Byrd also assisted Messer as an assistant coach at Earlham between 2005 and 2008.
A national search for Byrd's replacement will begin immediately.
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