Following the publication of inaccurate information regarding the conclusion of Coach Lisa Howe's employment at Belmont University, both Coach Howe and the university wish to correct the errors and move forward without further media distraction. They both agree that Coach Howe did not "resign" from her employment. Neither was she dismissed. Rather, there was a mutual agreement that it would be in the best interests of both Coach Howe and the university for her to conclude her employment as coach.
Belmont Athletic Director Mike Strickland reinforced his gratefulness to Howe for the work she has done and her commitment to women's soccer and Belmont Athletics. "Under her leadership the women's soccer team recently earned its sixth-consecutive NSCAA College Women's Team Academic Award, posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and in 2008, the team won the A-Sun Championship and received its first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. Belmont is grateful for the work Coach Howe has done and her commitment to women's soccer and Belmont Athletics. The university appreciates her years of service and wishes her all the best," said Strickland.
Coach Howe emphasized her appreciation for the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program for the last six seasons where she was able to accomplish career goals that remain some of her greatest achievements. She said, "I was hired to do a job and am extremely proud of what we have accomplished, for it reflects the dedication and hard work of terrific players and the parents who support them in their sports endeavors. I do want to express my deep gratitude to the players, their families, the alumnae and faculty members who have come forward to express their concern over my leaving. I want them to know that I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with all of them."