ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis head women's soccer coach Kat Mertz has resigned to accept the same position at the University of Oregon.

"While here just one year, Kat clearly made an impact on our student-athletes and the SLU women's soccer program," SLU director of athletics Chris May said. "There was an overwhelming interest in our head-coaching position last year, and we anticipate that will be the case once again. We will conduct a national search to ensure we find the best candidate who will continue to build our program and put our student-athletes in a position to succeed on and off the field."

"This past year has been a wonderful opportunity and a great experience," Mertz said. "I can't put into words how great it was to work with this team and the staff at SLU. I have grown as a coach and I'm sad to leave the Billiken family, but I am excited for the next chapter in my career. I would like to thank the University leadership, in particular Chris May. I know that under his leadership, this program will be successful."

The Billikens went 5-9-4 in Mertz' one season with the squad.