01/28/2014 – Mark Fales, the leader of the women's soccer program at Aquinas College for the past decade, has informed the athletic department that he has decided to retire from his coaching position. During his ten seasons Fales amassed a record of 103-77-16 including the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) championships in the 2007 and 2011. Fales was named WHAC Coach of the year in both of those championship years.
Fales possessed 27 years of coaching experience and prided himself as a hard worker and someone deeply involved in the soccer community. He previously served as head coach at Lansing Eastern High School, Lansing Catholic Central High School and Olivet College prior to accepting the position at Aquinas.
Athletic Director Terry Bocian commented, "I have deep appreciation for the effort, sacrifice, and direction that Coach Fales exhibited during his years at Aquinas College. He embraced the term “student athlete”. His players graduated, played hard on the field and were always positive representatives of the college. We wish him all of the best in his future endeavors."
The search for Fales’ successor will begin immediately. In the meantime assistant coach Rodger Garner will serve as interim coach.