Exhibiting “drive and desire” over her five years in Fort Wayne has reaped benefits for Margaret Saurin.
The IPFW women's soccer coach earned a promotion Tuesday to interim senior women's administrator within the Mastodons athletic department.
"We are excited to have someone with the drive and desire of Margaret join our athletic department in an administrative role," IPFW athletic director Tommy Bell said in a release. “She not only brings experience of playing and coaching in the United States, but brings a wealth of international experience to our leadership team."
Saurin has been at IPFW since the 2007 season. Each of the past three seasons, the Mastodons have either improved or equaled their previous mark.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to be a part of the administration at IPFW," Saurin said. "Having been here for as many years as I have, I have always found that our administration to be very supportive and I look forward to being that kind of support for other staff members.”
Prior to coming to IPFW, she was the assistant coach at Akron University for three seasons and has been a part of the Ohio Northern Olympic Development program. Saurin holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" License.
Saurin was a member of the Irish national soccer team 1996-2003 and was a Dana Cup gold medalist and MVP in 1996.
As a collegian, Saurin was a two-time All-American at NCAA Division II Christian Brothers. She helped lead the Lady Buccaneers to the NCAA division title in 2002 and is the current NCAA record holder for assists in a season.
“I am honored to be asked to take on this role,” Saurin said. “I will do my best for IPFW and our athletics program."