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Legacy of Sheila Miech at UW Stevens Point

In a story you heard first here on Newsline 9, UW Stevens Point womens soccer coach Sheila Miech is retiring after 25 years.

The resume for Sheila Miech is impressive.  She's sixth on the all-time wins list in Division III and owns an NCAA record 70 straight conference wins.  
Miech is the only womens head soccer coach in the program's history.  
Her replacement hasn't been announced, but she said the program is in a good position for continued success.  

"My philosophy has always been that when I leave this program, it's going to be in great shape," Miech said.  "And the next person that comes in should be excited about the talent that we have." 

Miech was given the task of building a soccer program from scratch in 1987.  Her first season, The Pointers won just 3 matches.  

"I look back at my first year as just a year of growth," Miech said. "I decided next year we were going to be in the best shape, and to recruit the state to find the best players possible to build this program. After that, we just started winning.  And that became a tradition at Stevens Point."  

Through all the success, she does have one regret.  From the year 2000.  

"One of my goals was to win a national title, we got to the final four, but sometimes the officials can take that away," Miech said, laughing.    

Miech is married to John Miech, the former UWSP football coach who left the program in the fall.  And she will soon join the football program at UW Whitewater.  
The couple met at UWSP, and will no longer be part of the university after more than a quarter century.  

"It's sad, sad that our history will come to a close at Stevens Point," Miech said.  "It's always going to be a special place.

"It's that roller coaster where you love those highs, you live for those highs,  the lows are really low, but the highs are really high and that's why you do it."  

She's certainly had quite the career.  And Miech also wanted to mention there are many people who helped her get to this level of success, and wanted to thank all of them.  



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