February 9, 2012

Maren Rojas Steps Down as Head Coach of Bowdoin Women's Soccer Program

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced that Maren Rojas has stepped down as head coach of the women's soccer team.

Rojas has accepted a position at Boston College, where she will serve as assistant coach for the Eagles women's soccer team under Alison Foley. The Eagles are one of the top programs in Division I, having reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last eight seasons.

The third head coach in the history of Bowdoin women's soccer, Rojas served for five years at the helm of the Polar Bears, accumulating a record of 39-30-10 and pacing the squad to five consecutive NESCAC Tournament berths. She led the Polar Bears to their first-ever NESCAC championship game appearance in 2007 and returned the team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.

Under her direction, five Bowdoin players earned First Team All-NESCAC distinction, including Ellery Gould '12, who was named Bowdoin's first-ever NESCAC Player of the Year in 2011.

"We are very sorry to see Maren leave," says Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "She is a fantastic coach and an even better person.  The impact that she made on Bowdoin Women's Soccer and the entire Bowdoin community will be felt for a long time.  We wish her the best of luck at B.C."

A 1994 graduate of William & Mary, Rojas has Division I coaching experience, having served as an assistant coach for James Madison, Syracuse and Virginia.

Bowdoin will begin an immediate national search for her replacement.