Azusa Pacific University will stick with the status quo.
Dave Blomquist, a Cougars assistant men's soccer coach the past three years, was elevated to head coach Wednesday, replacing Phil Wolf, who resigned May 4 to become an assistant for NCAA power Southern Methodist University.
"We wanted to find the best possible candidate to carry on the proud tradition of Azusa Pacific men's soccer," said Bill Odell, APU director of athletics. "As an assistant, Dave has already had a profound impact on the men's soccer program, and we are thrilled to be able to give him the opportunity to continue to build that tradition.
"Dave is an outstanding leader for our young men, and his familiarity with our men's soccer program makes him the ideal candidate to ensure a smooth transition to the next chapter in Azusa Pacific's men's soccer history."
APU has been an NAIA power during Blomquist's three seasons in the Canyon City. APU was national runner-up in 2006, won the NAIA title in 2007 and has won an NAIA-best 50 games since 2006.
APU was 13-4-3 last season, losing the Golden State Athletic Conference championship game to Westmont.
"I'm honored to have such a great opportunity," Blomquist said. "I'm very excited to take over a program like Azusa Pacific. It's an opportunity that I could only have dreamed about three years ago when Phil brought me here. With all the tradition of Azusa Pacific soccer, along with the level the program has played at the past three years, I couldn't ask for a better situation."
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