QUINCY -- A step backward on the field meant a change was needed off it.
Marc Hager could see that.
After two years at the helm of the Quincy University women's soccer, the second of which ended with a sub-.500 record and without a Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament appearance, Hager resigned Thursday to pursue other coaching opportunities.
"I am very grateful to the alumni and the townspeople of Quincy for their support of the program the last two seasons," Hager said. "I want to wish the program, the players and the incoming recruits the best of luck for the upcoming season."
Hager's resignation came four days after the Hawks ended their season with a 2-1 loss to Missouri-St. Louis in which they squandered a one-goal halftime lead.
Quincy finished 6-10-1 overall and 12th in the 16-team GLVC with a 5-9-1. That's s stark contrast to Hager's first season when the Hawks went into the final weekend of the regular season tied for first in the GLVC, but wound up a half-game out of top spot and in fourth with an 8-3-2 mark.
The difference between the two seasons came down efficiency in close games. The Hawks lost four games 1-0 and three others by one goal.
Quincy finished tied for 11th in the GLVC with just 14 goals scored.
A year ago, the Hawks lost 1-0 only once and finished fourth in the GLVC in goals scored with 29.
The Hawks will graduate three seniors in midfielders Alex Severino and Baylee Smith and center back Mo Rooney, but return a solid unit centered around junior forward Maddie Bauer, junior defender Sydney Gorman and five freshman who played significant minutes.
Marty Bell, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, said a search for Hager's replacement begins immediately.