Nov. 16, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Former Texas A&M soccer standout and All-American Nicky (Thrasher) Adams was promoted to head coach at Rice, the institution's Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan announced Monday.

"I'm really excited for Nicky and for the Rice players because they get someone who is intelligent, energetic, experienced, and only has the players' best interests at heart," said A&M head coach G Guerrieri. "I couldn't be more excited for Nicky and her husband Charlie, and we wish them all the best."

As a member of the Aggie soccer team from 1997-01, the former Nicky Thrasher garnered three All-Region accolades, two Big 12 MVP awards, and two nominations for the Herman Trophy. She led the team to the NCAA quarterfinal in 2001 and was named to the NSCAA All-American third team.

After graduating with a B.S. in kinesiology, Thrasher joined the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association as the second pick of the 2002 draft.

Adams has been with the Rice soccer program for the past eight seasons, serving the last four as associate head coach. She stepped in as the interim head coach in September, leading the Owls to their best conference start in school history (5-0-1). The team qualified for the Conference USA Tournament for the first time since 2008. The El Paso, Texas, native is only the second head coach in the program's history.

"I am honored and thrilled about this opportunity," Adams said. "When I heard my name and `head coach' for the first time I got goose-bumps. I had put my heart and soul into the program, and I'm happy to keep doing that."