The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls soccer program is looking for a new coach after Natasha Churches didn't have her contract renewed for next season.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls soccer program is looking for a new coach after Natasha Churches didn't have her contract renewed for next season.

In three seasons under Churches, the Lions went 30-17-6 overall, including 11-4-3 this fall.

"It was a very difficult decision that was made looking at the big picture," athletics director Dustin Cullen said. "We are looking for people who are professional, who are leaders and role models. I felt like the girls soccer program needed a change. Coach Churches did a great job the last three years putting a winning product on the field.

"There were a lot of factors. It was not a knee-jerk reaction, just a combination of things throughout the season."

Gahanna went 5-10-2 in Churches' first season in 2013 but improved to 14-3-1 and tied for second (5-2) in the OCC-Ohio Division behind Pickerington Central (7-0) in 2014.

This fall, the Lions tied for second (5-1-1) in the league behind Pickerington North (6-0-1). They were seeded fifth for the Division I district tournament and lost to fourth-seeded Thomas Worthington 2-1 in a district semifinal.

Gahanna lost in a first-round tournament game in 2013 and in a district semifinal in 2014.

Churches, who is a teacher at the school, was disappointed in the decision.

"I am beside myself," she said. "I've been so great for that program."