K-State Tabs Pair as Equestrian Co-Head Coaches

By: From: KSU Sports Information
By: From: KSU Sports Information

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Athletics Department announced
Wednesday that current assistant coaches Ashley Duda-Foster and Casie
Lisabeth-Williamson will take over as co-head coaches of the equestrian
program. The duo will take over for Teresa Slough, who resigned her
position in June to become a full-time faculty member in the Department
of Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State. Duda will remain in
control of the English squad, while Lisabeth will continue to lead the
Western squad.

“Ashley and Casie have been tremendous assets to Kansas State and the
equestrian program as assistants and we are extremely pleased to have
them remain as co-head coaches of the program,” Athletics Director Tim
Weiser said. “We are grateful to Teresa Slough for her contributions to
the program and believe she has helped take our equestrian program to
the next level. Under the leadership of Ashley and Casie, we are
confident that the program will continue to be among the nation’s
best.”

In her first two seasons on the Wildcat staff as an assistant,
Duda-Foster spearheaded an English team that finished sixth at the 2006
Varsity Equestrian National Championships and 10th nationally at the
IHSA National Championships. This past season, the English squad took
third at the 2007 Varsity Equestrian National Championships and helped
Kansas State to a fourth-place overall finish at the championships.

Duda-Foster came to Kansas State in 2005 from Virginia Tech, where she
graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in
political science. While at Virginia Tech, Duda-Foster competed for the
Hokies in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and
Intercollegiate Dressage Association. She qualified for both the IHSA
National Championship Horse Show and the IDA National Championship
Horse Show in 2004 and also represented the United States in two
International student riding competitions.

“I am really looking forward to sharing the head coaching position with
Coach Williamson,” Duda-Foster said. “I feel that the co-head coach
position is really going to help our team become more unified. Over the
past few years, great things have been happening to KSU Equestrian.
Coach Slough did an incredible job with this program and has left big
shoes to fill. I am honored to follow in her footsteps.”

This past season, Lisabeth-Williamson made an instant impact on the
staff in her first season as she led the Western squad to a sixth-place
finish at the VENC. Individually, senior Sara Weller was one of a
select few nationally chosen to compete at the prestigious NRHA Derby
at the Collegiate Reining Invitational.

Prior to coming to Kansas State in 2006, Lisabeth-Williamson had served
one year as a student coach at Texas A&M University, where she assisted
with an Aggie squad that placed third nationally in Western at both the
Varsity Equestrian and IHSA Championships.

As a four-year member of the Aggie equestrian team, Lisabeth-Williamson
was the Reserve High Point Regional Rider of the Year in 2005 and also
had two top-four finishes at the Varsity Equestrian Championships as a
senior. She earned her bachelor of science degree in animal science
from Texas A&M in 2006.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to co-head coach next year with
Coach Foster,” Lisabeth-Williamson said. “We worked so well together
this year and I am looking forward to great things next season. Coach
Slough started a great program and it has been great working under her
this year. I am delighted she gave me this opportunity and put so much
faith in me to maintain the Western squad. I have high expectations for
next season with the experience we have returning coupled with some
very talented riders moving into the program.”


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