TACOMA, WA–– (school release) The Puget Sound athletic department is pleased to announce Joseph Vari as the new women’s soccer head coach following an extensive nation-wide search. Vari spent the previous seven years as the women’s soccer head coach at Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee). He takes over for Randy Hanson, who announced his retirement following 20 seasons at the helm of the Loggers.
“First and foremost, I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Vari. “I’d like to thank Director of Athletics Amy Hackett and the Puget Sound athletics staff for selecting me to build upon Puget Sound’s renowned tradition in women’s soccer.”
“We are delighted to have Joe ready to join our staff and continue our strong tradition of women’s soccer success,” said Hackett. “Joe has a tremendous appreciation of the NCAA Division-III student-athlete experience and in seeking athletic and academic excellence. ”
Vari compiled a record of 75-43-14 (.621) as the head coach at Rhodes College. The Lynx were Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament finalists in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Rhodes College earned a share of regular-season SAA title in 2012.
The Lynx placed 35 All-SAA student-athletes under Vari’s tutelage. Vari also produced five National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region student-athletes, and four NSCAA All-Region Scholar student-athletes. Rhodes College was named an All-Academic Team by the NSCAA from 2009 through 2014.
In addition to his duties as a head coach, Vari served as the Assistant Athletic Director for the Lynx starting in July 2014.
“My goal in leading Puget Sound through this new chapter is to continue the program’s success, but also leave my imprint,” said Vari. “We’re going to play a high-energy, up-tempo style, and it’s going to be fun.”
Prior to becoming the head coach at Rhodes College in May 2009, Vari spent one year as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s Lynx soccer teams. Prior to that, Vari was an assistant coach for both men’s and women’s soccer teams at Lynchburg College, one of the premiere soccer programs in the country.
Vari earned a B.A. in psychology from Hiram College in 2003, where he was a four-year goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team. He completed his Masters of Education in Counseling at Lynchburg in 2006.