Pete Showler, the longest-tenured coach in program history, resigned as Idaho’s women’s soccer coach on Thursday, athletic director Rob Spear announced.
Showler, the Vandals’ coach since 2005, is leaving to become the sporting director of Eastside Timbers in Portland.
Idaho totaled 50 wins during Showler’s nine seasons, including a school-record 14 wins in 2010 when he was named Western Athletic Conference coach of the year. Idaho finished 4-16-0 last season with a roster featuring 11 freshmen.
Assistant Ashley O’Brien will serve as UI’s interim head coach.
Jamie Smith’s team-high 16 points and seven assists guided host Eastern Utah (5-7) to an 88-80 overtime win over North Idaho in a Scenic West Athletic Conference opener at Price, Utah.
Renae Mokrzycki had game highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds and five steals for the Cardinals, who had an eight-game winning streak. NIC shot 27 for 101 from the floor, including 5 of 34 on 3-pointers.
Eastern Utah (12-1) snapped North Idaho’s six-game winning streak with an 84-83 decision in a SWAC opener at Price, Utah.
The Cardinals dropped to 12-3.