DURHAM, N.H. – Marty Scarano, director of athletics at the University of New Hampshire, has tabbed Carlos Pinhancos and Kyle Bak as interim co-head coaches of the Wildcat women's soccer program following the departure of former head coach Sam Lopes. On April 10, Lopes was named head coach of the Providence College women's soccer team.
Pinhancos and Bak, who served as assistant coaches under Lopes in 2013, will lead the team through the remainder of spring camp. A national search for a new head coach is underway.
"Carlos and Kyle will do a great job finishing out the spring season as we conduct a search for a head coach," Scarano said. "Sam made a decision for personal reasons to rejoin Providence College, and we wish him well."
In addition to head coaching duties, Pinhancos still serves as the recruiting coordinator for the program and works primarily with goalkeepers. Bak continues to work with field players and coordinates practices.
Lopes, who became the third head coach in UNH women's soccer history February 12, 2013, guided the Wildcats to a 4-8-6 record (2-3-3, America East) in his only season at the helm. He returns to Providence, where he spent two years as an assistant coach in 2011-12.
"Sam has done much for the soccer program in a short period of time," Scarano said. "His departure was unexpected, but I am confident we will carry the momentum that has been established."