By Brian Murphy
Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle will make his first coaching hire with the Broncos after opting not to renew the contract of women's soccer coach Steve Lucas.
Lucas went 111-116-28 in 13 seasons with the Broncos. He was an assistant coach for two years at Boise State before becoming head coach in 2000. His contract expires on Jan. 31, 2013. The Broncos went 9-9-2 this season.
He said he found out Tuesday afternoon.
"I decided a long time ago, if this day ever came, that I would be able to leave without any regrets. I can do that," Lucas said. "It's a sad day."
Lucas said the next coach is well-positioned to succeed at Boise State.
"I know what we have coming back. I know the recruits we have," said Lucas, who added that Boise State is in good shape academically. "The team we had, the way we were playing at the end, it was going well. He or she, whoever it is, is coming into a good situation."
Coyle took over as AD in January.