Two UHV Coaches Get Promotions

UHV soccer head coach Adrian Rigby and assistant golf coach Christi Cano received job promotions on Thursday.

Rigby has been named the Assistant Athletics Director, while Cano has been named the new head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams. The promotions become effective immediately according to UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow.

Rigby’s new duties, along with his coaching duties with the men’s and women’s soccer teams, will be to coordinate and oversee the UHV athletics internship program and to develop and oversee a UHV student-athlete workforce readiness program.

Rigby has piloted an internship project the past couple of semesters and will expand on that in collaboration with the UHV School of Business. The program helps provide students the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience and better positions them to obtain employment upon graduation and is an affordable way for UHV athletics to gain extra manpower to support the needs of the department.

He will also be tasked with developing the student-athlete workforce readiness program in which all UHV student-athletes will be required to participate in graduation-year specific learning each semester to prepare them to successfully obtain employment and enter the workforce upon graduation.

“This is a great opportunity for the athletic department and our student-athletes,” said UHV Walyuchow. “It’s been identified as a need both locally and nationally and we can be pioneers in this type of skill training.

“This is an exciting endeavor that I don’t believe is being done on the NAIA level and I know only of couple of NCAA programs that have started moving in this direction.”

Rigby helped start the UHV program and has served as the men’s and women’s head soccer coach since the program’s inception in 2010.

His teams have each made four appearances to their respective conference tournaments while his has compiled a 59-49-10 record with the men’s program and a 52-59-4 record with the women’s program. Each of the last three years he has won 10 or more games on the men’s side, while has recorded 12 wins each of the last two seasons on the women’s side.

Cano served as the assistant coach for the Jaguars this past season and took over the reins along with Walyuchow after former head coach Brian Williamson resigned just before the start of the season.

“Christi did an excellent job this past year after being thrown into a tough situation and has proven she is more than capable to handle the job,” said Walyuchow. “She really connected and reached out to the kids and has done an excellent job recruiting her first class of student-athletes. I am confident she will do an excellent job leading the programs.”

A native of San Antonio where she began her golfing career, she has competed at all levels from junior golf, to college and the professional level.

Her journey to being a collegiate golf coach has been a rather unique one. It began at a later age than most, but that allowed her to obtain some skills and experiences that a select few have had the opportunity to achieve.

Gaining experience at the Division I Level as a student-athlete and her professional experiences teaching and playing on the LPGA Tour have provided her with some incredible knowledge that she has been able to pass on to her student athletes.

Since taking the assistant coaching position in 2016 at UHV, two players made the Dean’s List in the fall of 2016, two players earned Red River Athletic Conference Players of the Week in 2017 and most recently one player was recognized as a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete. She was one of 174 women’s golf student-athletes to be recognized for this national honor. Both men’s and women’s teams have also racked up numerous top five finishes. Cano coached her first team victory at the 2017 PGA Minority Championship.

“I am very excited and thankful to UHV for this incredible opportunity,” Cano said. “I look forward to building two competitive golf programs for years to come. Recruiting has been my No. 1 focus this past year as I believe that is the foundation of growth for our program. With a strong recruiting class coming in, I am excited to get to work and win championships.”