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Emily Madril: FSU soccer players ‘not respected’ during coach search

Emily Madril also announced that she is forgoing her final NCAA season to turn pro. (Erin Chang/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Emily Madril shared her frustrations with the Florida State soccer program while announcing she would forego her final year of NCAA eligibility to turn pro.

In a statement on Twitter on Saturday, the star midfielder said the administration failed to consider the players’ voices during the search for a new head women’s soccer coach.

In April, Florida State announced Brian Pensky as the new head coach of the women’s soccer program. Pensky replaced Mark Krikorian, who abruptly resigned from the team after 17 years and three national championships. In June, the Washington Spirit hired Krikorian as the NWSL club’s general manager.

“It was very unfortunate how this situation was handled, and I wish the communication from the leaders in the athletic department was more honest and direct,” Madril said of the hiring process. “We, as student athletes, have rights and would have had valuable voice in this matter, unwavering in our commitment to the long-term success of the program.

“Our entire team is in agreement that this should have been handled differently.”

Krikorian parted ways with the FSU program in April over reported conflicts with the athletic administration. At the time, he was the highest-paid coach in women’s college soccer with an annual salary of $450,000.

Pensky, hired as Krikorian’s replacement on April 25, spent 10 seasons as head coach of the Tennessee women’s soccer team. He led the Vols to a 118-58-25 record and was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2021.