University of Wisconsin-Platteville athletic director Mark Molesworth announced the hiring of separate head coaches for each of the soccer programs. The Pioneers’ women’s program will now be directed by Allison Sanyi, who has been an assistant for both programs since 2008. She served as the Pioneers’ head men’s and women’s coach during the 2009 season.

As an assistant coach for the Pioneers, Sanyi and UW-Platteville soccer has reached new levels of success, both on and off the field. She has been involved with the coordination of practice and game planning as well as the development of the student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, she has served as an instructor in the University’s Physical Education Department. As the head coach in 2009, the Pioneers’ men’s program posted a 9-8-3 mark and the women finished 8-10-2. Four women and 10 men have earned all-WIAC honors since Sanyi joined the Pioneers in 2008.

For the last five years, she has served on the coaching staff of the women’s soccer team at nearby Dubuque Wahlert High School. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, she was a four-year standout at Loras College. At Loras, she was a two-time team captain and the college’s Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year as a sophomore. She was a three-time Iowa Conference All-Academic Team selection. Sanyi was involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her four years, including serving as President as a senior.

She graduated from Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa, where she was a three-time all-state selection in soccer and named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.