Lisa Howe has resigned as Belmont's women’s soccer coach, the university announced in a statement Thursday night.
The news comes hours after the Belmont Vision first reported she was dismissed after telling her players earlier this week that she was going to have a child with her same-sex partner.
Belmont athletics director Mike Strickland released an official statement: “Women’s soccer coach Lisa Howe has informed the university of her intent to conclude her employment with Belmont. This was a decision Coach Howe made. Belmont is so grateful for the work Coach Howe has done and her commitment to women’s soccer and Belmont athletics.”
According to Belmont Vision, Howe said in a statement: “I appreciate Belmont University giving me the opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program for the last six seasons… I want to thank all the student-athletes who worked so hard for and dedicated themselves to me and the program. I am at a point in my life where I am satisfied to move on, and I wish the Belmont women’s soccer team continued success.”
Howe was named the Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year in 2009 and the Bruins’ complied a 52-48-16 record during her six years as head coach. It was announced two weeks ago that the team earned its sixth straight NSCAA College Women’s Team Academic Award, which is awarded to those who have a team GPA of at least 3.0.
Messages to Howe’s work phone late Thursday night were not immediately returned.