Grambling, LA—Grambling State University has named Marcia Oliveira as the fourth head coach of the Lady Tigers soccer program, as announced by GSU Director of Athletics J. Lin Dawson. Oliveira comes to Grambling after most recently serving the University of South Dakota for two years in the same capacity where in 2008 she guided the Coyotes during their transition into Division I.
Before joining the Yotes staff, Oliveira served six years as head women’s soccer coach at Sam Houston State where she was responsible for building the program from the ground up. After being initially hired in 2002 one year later the Bearkats played their inaugural season and in 2003 were ranked sixth nationally out of the 13 first-year programs in Division I (Soccer Buzz Magazine). In 2004 they closed out the season with their first Southland Conference win by defeating Southeastern Louisiana in overtime.
“There are two ways of showing success in college athletics – Winning or Building. I have been successful building. It has prepared me for new challenges. I now seek an opportunity that has the structure and tradition to carry on winning programs where I can make a difference”, said Oliveira. “Grambling State has a unique history and a great potential. I have a lot to learn about the past and present of this institution and I am eager to do so. The soccer program has a new phase ahead – rebuilding is the key. Support and patience will pay off. I am excited for the opportunity.”
Since 2002, Oliveira has served on the support staff in the United States for the Brazilian Soccer Federation. She has served in an administrative, scouting and training role as the Brazilian team prepared for the 2003 World Cup, the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2007 World Cup. She is a member of the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA), United States Soccer Federation (USSF), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administration (NACWAA), NCAA Women’s Coach Academy and the Brazilian Soccer Coaches Association.
A native of Brazil, Oliveira, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and exercise and sport science from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1995. While working on her bachelor’s degree, she was also a member of the UMHB women’s basketball team. In 1998 she received her master’s degree in physical education pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.