Open Announce

Lobo Soccer Welcomes Lebel and Wurster To Staff

by Alma Solis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico soccer team has announced two additions to its coaching staff, welcoming volunteer assistant goalkeepers coach Bethany Lebel and student manager Nathaniel Wurster to their staff.

Lebel joins the staff with nearly eight years of coaching experience under her belt. She is joining the Lobos after serving as the interim head women’s soccer coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine since July 2021. She took over the reins after serving as the assistant coach from June 2020 to July 2021.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington in May 2014 and immediately began her coaching career at her alma mater in August of the same year. She was the assistant women’s soccer coach from August 2014 to May 2020, while also taking the reins of the women’s lacrosse team as head coach from June 2016 to May 2020.

While studying at UMF, she played for the women’s soccer team for four years and for the lacrosse team her senior season. She finished her collegiate soccer career at UMF with career rankings in saves (fifth), saves per game (fifth) and wins (tied for second). She was one of two captains for both the soccer and lacrosse teams her senior season.

Lebel also has her United States Soccer Federation (USSF) D License and United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Level 1.

“I’m really grateful to be joining the New Mexico Soccer program,” Lebel said. “During my interview process, the entire staff stood out to me as knowledgeable, collaborative, inclusive, and just genuine people. A huge thank you to Heather, Karley, Paul, and Pascale for affording me this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what this group of dedicated student athletes accomplish over this next competitive season. Maine to New Mexico is a big move, but I’m so excited to be a small part of it all.”

The Lobos have also added Nathaniel Wurster as a student manager. He is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Design with a concentration in Community Transformation and Placemaking at UNM. He spent two years on the Youth Development Academy Staff for Albuquerque United Football Club’s Thorns and Timbers club before joining the Lobos.

“I am really grateful to be a member of the Lobo Soccer family,” said Wurster. “Coming to New Mexico from Michigan, this program allowed me to find a home here in the state and the university. These past two years have been incredibly educational, fun, and a truly meaningful experience. This staff and team has welcomed me with open arms and I’m looking forward to a future with Lobo Soccer.”

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