BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Samar Azem, a 2007 graduate of Campbell University, has been promoted to co-head coach of the CU women's soccer program, director of athletics Bob Roller announced today.
Azem, who has served on Campbell's staff for the past three seasons, joins co-head coach Stuart Horne in leading the Camels' soccer team into the 2017 season. It was also announced that Jamie Corti will be named associate head coach.
"This is the right move for the quality coaching staff that we've been fortunate to assemble for Campbell women's soccer," Roller said. "Samar has absolutely earned the right to this deserved promotion as she is a tireless worker for our program seven days a week. Stuart Horne has enjoyed three successful seasons at the helm and was also aware of the need to keep this strong staff intact and to increase the role of Jamie to the day-to-day operations."
With Horne and Azem on the coaching staff the past three seasons, the Camels have enjoyed a record of 34-23-3, including three-straight Big South semifinal appearances and a title match appearance in 2015. The duo has coached a Big South Attacking Player of the Year, six First Team All-Conference honorees, one Second Team All-Conference honoree, four All-Conference Honorable Mentions and five All-Freshman team members. The staff has also been known to put a great focus on academics, with 44 Campbell women's soccer student-athletes being named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in 2014 and 2015.
"I am very thankful to Bob Roller, Dr. Bradley Creed, Jim Roberts, and the rest of our administration for the opportunity to have a broader role in our continued efforts to lead this program," Azem said. "I'm beyond thrilled to do so side-by-side with Stuart Horne, Jamie Corti, and a group of young women that I have the utmost respect for and belief in."
"I think it's great that we are able to recognize and promote Samar and Jamie to Co-Head Coach and Associate Head Coach, respectively," Horne said. "They are both very involved in so many facets of the women's soccer program on and off the field, and they are very committed to Campbell University and the players. These promotions are fitting because Samar and Jamie have and continue to be such a huge part of the success that this program has had and is going to have in the future."
Horne and Azem will be the only co-head coaching duo in the Big South for the 2017 season, and one of few in all of Division I athletics. The duo is looking forward to working together as pioneers of this uncommon role.
"The idea of two co-head coaches and an associate head coach leading a program is groundbreaking," Azem said. "I think it speaks volumes about the support Bob Roller and our administration have in our program's future, and mirrors the progress that we visibly see on every corner of campus."
"There is definitely some uniqueness to this set up," Horne said. "I think it's going to maximize all of our strengths as coaches and in the end will benefit our current student-athletes and the women's soccer program."
Corti, who served last season as Campbell's assistant coach, has been promoted to associate head coach and will see increased involvement in the program's day-to-day operations. After seeing all of the hard work she put in last season, Horne and Azem are proud to strengthen Corti's role within this staff.
"We have a balanced staff, and Jamie is an integral part of that make up," Azem said. "She is a fantastic training coach, and is very astute at studying and breaking down the important pieces of the game that are necessary for our program and player development. Add to that her resume of winning and her incredible ability to relate to and motivate our players, and she's definitively earned their respect.
"She's one of the hardest working recruiters I know, and is not only well-connected but has one of the most specific recruiting eyes. She has and will continue to add critical strides in our program's development. She knows her information and she knows how to teach it. To be able to promote her into an Associate Head Coach role is an exciting step forward for our program, and one I am personally thankful for."
Horne and Azem each enter their fourth season with Campbell this fall, while Corti will be in her second season with the program. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell women's soccer, follow @GoCamelsWSOC on Twitter.