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Coaching Aug 06, 2020

University of Oklahoma adds Maryse Bard-Martel as goalkeeper coach

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head soccer coach Mark Carr announced the addition of Maryse Bard-Martel (first name pronounced mah-REESE) to the coaching staff.

Bard-Martel will serve as assistant coach and work with the OU goalkeepers following coaching stops at Missouri State and IMG Academy in Florida.

“We are really excited to welcome Maryse into our Sooner family,” said Carr, who is in his first year at OU. “We had some really incredible finalists for this position but we felt that Maryse would be the perfect complement for both myself, (assistant coach) Kat (Mertz) and our entire support staff and student-athletes.

The Boisbriand, Quebec, native joins the Oklahoma staff after one year at IMG where she served as assistant coach for the girls soccer team.

“I am excited to finally be in Norman and honored to be welcomed into the Sooner family,” said Bard-Martel. “I want to thank Coach Carr, Coach Mertz and (volunteer assistant) Tom Stone for the opportunity to join one of the best women’s soccer staffs in the country.

“OU Athletics has a tremendous tradition of excellence, and I am looking forward to working at this prestigious university with great people to serve our outstanding student-athletes and help Coach Carr build a championship program.”

Prior to her time in Florida, Bard-Martel spent two seasons at Missouri State as assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. She helped the Bears to a Missouri Valley Conference title and the program’s second NCAA tournament appearance in 2017.

Bard-Martel helped MSU’s Kaitlin Maxwell to MVC Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2018, becoming the second player in program history to win the award.

The newest addition to the Oklahoma staff also brings a wealth of playing experience at the Division I and international levels.

A four-year letterwinner at the University of Memphis (2013-16), Bard-Martel holds numerous career goalkeeper records with the Tigers.

She ranks first in career goalkeeper minutes played (7,259), second in career wins (44) and second in career saves (267). Additionally, Bard-Martel set freshman program records in saves (79), shutouts (6) and minutes played (1856:59).

On the international stage, Bard-Martel was a part of the U-17 Canadian National Team in the 2012 FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijan and was in the U-20 Canadian National Team Pool.

Bard-Martel earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Memphis in 2017 and her master’s in kinesiology from Missouri State in 2019.

She holds a United States Soccer Federation “C” national coaching license, U.S. Soccer Grassroots 11v11 and 7v7 licenses and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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