Damon Gore enters his fifth season as head coach of the Golden Hurricane women?s soccer program and his sixth season overall at TU.
Gore begins his fifth season with a career mark of 37-33-7 in four seasons. He has guided TU to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in three out of his four years and led Tulsa to a 13-win campaign and WAC Tournament runner-up finish in 2000. Gore also has the Hurricane making high marks off the field. Tulsa has excelled academically with 13 different Golden Hurricane players receiving all-WAC Academic team honors and a total of 36 players have earned spots on the TU Athletic Director?s Honor Roll, Dean?s List and President?s List.
Gore?s fourth season of 2002 saw the Hurricane finish with a 7-8-4 overall record and a WAC fourth place mark of 4-2-2. TU fielded a young team with a recruiting class ranked 37th nationally and fourth in the 65-team Central Region. On Oct. 30, Gore led the Hurricane to a 2-1 victory over SMU and handed the Mustangs their first conference loss since 1999. Two Tulsa players were named to the all-WAC first and second teams and Julie Twellman was named to the Verizon Academic All-District VI At-Large First team for the third straight season. The women?s soccer team placed 17 players on the TU Athletic Director?s Honor Roll, Dean?s List and President?s List.
In 2001, Gore led the Hurricane to a 9-9-2 finish and to an appearance at the WAC Tournament. He claimed his 30th coaching victory in TU?s 2-1 win over Nevada. Off the playing field, Tulsa placed seven of its players on the all-WAC Academic team and two players, Melissa McCormick and Julie Twellman, were each named to the Verizon Academic All-District VI At-Large First team.
For the second straight year, Tulsa landed a top-25 class among Central Region teams. The Hurricane?s 2001 seven-member newcomer class was selected as one of the Central Region?s top-25 squads and one of the nation?s top-100 recruiting classes by Soccer Buzz. Tulsa's 2000 class was the eighth-best in the region according to the same publication.
The 2000 campaign saw Gore lead the Hurricane to its best season in five years. Behind Gore?s steady hand, Tulsa posted a 13-6-1 overall record and a 5-2 WAC mark, the best conference finish in school history. Tulsa then advanced to the school?s first-ever WAC Tournament championship game, coming within one victory of playing in its first-ever NCAA Tournament. TU?s 13 wins were the most wins since 1995 and the second-best win total in school history. Tulsa won seven consecutive games in 2000, which was the second-best effort in school history and the five conference wins were also the most for the Hurricane since becoming a member of the WAC in 1996. Gore became just the second coach in school history to win 20 or more games in his first two seasons.
TU was as stellar in the classroom as it was on the playing field in 2000. A total of six different players earned all-WAC Academic team merits and 15 different Hurricane players were listed on the TU Athletic Director?s Honor Roll. Junior Melissa McCormick and sophomore Julie Twellman were named to the Verizon Academic All-District VI At-Large First team.
In his first season, Gore led Tulsa to an 8-10 overall record. Following an opening day loss to Southwest Missouri State, the Golden Hurricane ran off a season-best four-game win streak. With a 4-1 record after five games, Gore tied the school record for the best start by a first-year head coach. Other highlights in Gore?s first season included back-to-back double-overtime victories against Denver and ORU, first-place team honors at the ORU Tournament and a 3-1 non-conference home record. Two Hurricane players were named to the all-WAC second team including senior Kaci Epp and freshman Julie Twellman. Twellman was also named to the Soccer Buzz Central Region All-Freshman team.
Gore became just the fourth head coach in the history of the Tulsa women?s soccer program on July 7, 1999.
Before his appointment as head coach, Gore spent the 1998 season as an assistant coach helping guide TU to a 12-7 overall record and a 3-2-1 conference mark, which was good for a third-place finish. He helped Tulsa earn its third straight trip to the WAC Tournament. During his first campaign, he played an influential role in helping six different players earn all-WAC Mountain Division first or second team honors. Two players were also selected to the all-Central Region squad. Off the playing field, six players received all-WAC Academic team merits.
Prior to coming to Tulsa, Gore was the goalkeeper coach for the Alabama Olympic Development program for five years. He also coached three seasons at his alma mater, the University of South Alabama from 1993 to 1995. He served as associate director at the No. 1 Goalkeeper and Striker Camp in Branford, Connecticut, for 10 years.
Gore played collegiately at South Alabama (1990-93), where he was a four-year starter for the Jaguars. He earned all-conference honors as a goalkeeper during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Following his college career, Gore played professionally in the NPSL and USISL for four years. Gore, 33, earned his bachelor?s degree in education from South Alabama in 1996, and a master?s degree from Alabama-Birmingham in 1998.
Gore and his wife, Kim, reside in Tulsa.
Gore?s Year-By-Year Year W L T Pct. Conf. Finish 1999 Tulsa 8 10 0 .444 1-5 7th 2000 Tulsa 13 6 1 .650 5-2 2nd 2001 Tulsa 9 9 2 .500 4-4 5th 2002 Tulsa 7 8 4 .466 4-2-2 4th Total 4 seasons 37 33 7 .528 14-13-2
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