Saying it was time for a new challenge, Don Trentham is leaving Montana State University Billings to become an assistant coach for the University of Wyoming women's soccer program.
Trentham was the head coach of the Yellowjackets for nine seasons. He finished 87-75-10 with the Yellowjackets, the only coach to have a winning record with the program.
MSUB officials announced that assistant coach Wojtek Krakowiak has been promoted to interim head coach and will remain in that role for the upcoming 2011 season. School officials also said they will immediately begin a search for a new assistant coach.
Krakowiak was the head coach at Rutgers-Newark, an NCAA Division III program, for two seasons before joining the Yellowjackets last year.
This past season, Trentham guided MSUB to its first NCAA Division II national tournament appearance where the Yellowjackets also won their first postseason game, 1-0 over Cal State-Los Angeles.
Trentham was also heavily involved in the Magic City soccer program in Billings.
"Basically, my goal is to become a head coach at the Division I level,'' Trentham said. "I view this as a necessary step to get there.
"My wife Jenn and I have nothing but positive things to say about our time in Billings ... the community, MSUB, Dr. (Gary) Gray and Dr. (Ron Sexton) both who were always very supportive... that's what made it a difficult decision.
"But it's time for a new challenge."
Trentham leaves a Yellowjacket team that finished 13-6-1 last fall and was among the top teams in the West Region.
"It took me nine years to get the program to where it is now,'' Trentham said. "They have a great team coming back for next year and we had a great recruiting class. There is a lot of momentum surrounding the program.
"I'm leaving the program in a good place."
He joins a Wyoming team that finished 7-10-3 overall last year and 1-3-3 in the Mountain West Conference.
Trentham will help with on-field coaching and recruiting for the Cowgirls. The head coach at Wyoming is Danny Sanchez, who won NCAA Division II national titles with Metro State in 2004 and 2006.
"I've known Danny a long time, this is a great opportunity to learn from someone I respect,'' said Trentham, who was also among the finalists for the University of Montana head coaching position earlier this year.
"Danny has great plans for the University of Wyoming and they have the resources to do very well."
Trentham, his wife and new son Landon (born Jan. 18) plan to be in Laramie, Wyo., in early April. His last day with MSUB is April 4. He will join a Cowgirl program already in the midst of its spring season.