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Rumor: Women’s soccer coach Kerrigan fired UPDATE: Kerrigan "steps down," confirmed at

November 4, 2008
Per one of State’s more connected posters on the free message boards at, he stated he’d heard that Laura Kerrigan had been fired as of yesterday afternoon. James Henderson of then confirmed later in the thread he’d heard the same thing.

This afternoon, confirmed it.

It brings to an end an 11-year run of very poor women’s soccer coaching results by Kerrigan.


The Pack never fielded a competitive team in-conference under her watch, finishing with no more than three conference wins in a season at any point in her tenure. The Pack started this season strong out of conference, winning seven straight. But when the ACC schedule rolled around the team went belly up in tragic fashion, failing to score a goal against a conference foe until the Wake Forest game seven games in.

State would score only three more goals the rest of the way, finishing winless in-conference for the second-straight year and for the third time in her career at her alma mater (2001, 2007, 2008).

The bigger news is that Fowler actually pulled the trigger on an under-performing coach! So the standard of performance has been set under Fowler: As long as you can avoid three winless conference marks in a span of 11 years, you should be fine.

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