Coaching Record Book Update ...


CRADLE OF COACHES – The 2009 NCAA semifinal teams again will feature some of the most accomplished coaches in the history of Division I women's soccer (all lists have been updated, through the quartefinal games):


Coaches who have taken the most teams to the College Cup semifinals

25 – Anson Dorrance (North Carolina; all but 2004, '05 and '07)

10 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara)

8 – Jillian Ellis (UCLA; 2000, '04-'09)

7 – Clive Charles (Portland), Len Tsantiris (Connecticut)  

7 – Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame; 1999-2000, '04, '06-'09)

5 – Kalekani Banda (UMass)


Most College Cup semifinal trips in current decade (2000-09)

8 – Jillian Ellis (UCLA; 2000, '04-'09)
7 – Anson Dorrance (North Carolina; 2000-03, '06, '08 and '09)
6 – Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame; 2000, '04, '06-'09)
4 – Mark Krikorian (Florida State; 2003, '05-'07)
3 – Clive Charles (Portland; 2001-03)
3 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara; 2001-02, '04)
2 – Paula Wilkins (Penn State; 2002 and '05) ... Paul Ratcliffe (Stanford; 2008 and '09)
1 – Becky Burleigh (Florida; 2001) ... Les Tsantris (UConn; 2003) ... Julie Shackford (Princeton; 2004) ... Garrett Smith (Portland; 2005) ... Aly Khosroshahin (USC; 2007)

Note: Dorrance, Ellis and Waldrum have combined for 21 of the 36 (78%) semifinal appearances in the current decade 


Coaches who have taken the most teams to the NCAA title game
22 – Anson Dorrance (North Carolina; all but 1995, 2002, '04, '05 and '07)
4 –
Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame; 1999, '04, '06 and '08) 
4 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut)
3 –
Jillian Ellis (UCLA; 2000, '04 and '05)

Coaches who have taken most teams to NCAA title game in current decade
6 – Anson Dorrance (North Carolina; 2000-01, '03, '06, '08, '09)
3 – Jillian Ellis (UCLA; 2000, '04 and '05) 
3 – Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame; 2004, '06 and '08)
2 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara; 2001 and '02) 
1 – Clive Charles (Portland; 2002) ... Len Tsantiris (Connecticut; 2003) ... Aly Khosroshahin (USC; 2007) ... Mark Krikorian (Florida State; 2007)

Note: Dorrance, Ellis and Waldrum have combined for 12 of the 18 (67%) title-game appearances in the current decade 


Active Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Win Percentage
(min. five years as D-I head coach; includes all victories as coach at 4-year institution)

(1) .938 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2009 … 694-36-22, 32 yrs)

(2) .861 – Garrett Smith (Portland, 2003-09 … 136-19-7, 7 yrs)  

(3) .801 – Jillian Ellis (Illinois 1997-98; UCLA 1999-2009 … 236-54-12, 13 yrs)

(4) .791 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94; Baylor '96-'98; ND '99-'09...339-83-21, 20 yrs)


Active Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Wins
(min. five years as D-I head coach; includes all victories as coach at 4-year institution)

(1) 694 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2009 … 694-36-22, 32 yrs)

(2) 474 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut, 1981-2009 … 474-145-43, 29 yrs)

(3) 356 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara, 1987-2009 … 356-109-36, 23 yrs)

(4) 346 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2009 ... 346-93-29, 20 yrs)

(5) 339 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94, Baylor '96-'98, ND '99-'09...339-83-21, 20 yrs)


All-Time Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Win Percentage
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA D-I school; all wins at four-year institution.)

(1) .938 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2009 … 694-36-22, 32 yrs)

(2) .801 – Jillian Ellis (Illinois 1997-98; UCLA 1999-2009 … 236-54-12, 13 yrs)

(3) .799 – Clive Charles (Portland, 1989-2002 … 226-52-13, 14 yrs)

(4) .791 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94, Baylor '96-'98, ND '99-'09...339-83-21, 20 yrs)

Note – Ellis edged past Charles during the 2009 season ... Dorrance, Ellis and Waldrum have a combined career record of 1,267 - 173 - 55 (.866)


All-Time Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Wins
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA D-I school; all wins at a four-year institution)

(1) 694 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2009 … 694-36-22, 32 yrs)

(2) 474 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut, 1981-2009 … 474-145-43, 29 yrs)

(3) 356 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara, 1987-2009 … 356-109-36, 23 yrs)

(4) 346 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2009 ... 333-87-27, 20 yrs)

(5) 339 –  Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94, Baylor '96-'98, ND '99-'09...339-83-21, 20 yrs)


All-Time NCAA Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders (All Divisions) – Career Win Pct.
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA school; includes all wins at a four-year institution.)

(1) .938 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2009 … 694-36-22, 32 yrs)

(2) .885 – Jeff Bailey (Franklin Pierce/D2, 1996-2009 … 268-28-16, 14 yrs)

(3) .877 – Joe Russo (College of N.J./D-3, 1990-2009 … 370-41-25, 20 yrs)

(4) .851 – Brian McManus (UC San Diego/D-2, 1997-2009 … 385-56-32, 23 yrs)

(5) .846 – Luis Reis (Wheaton, Mass./D-3, 1997-2009 … 252-41-12, 13 yrs)

(6) .801 – Jillian Ellis (Illinois 1997-98; UCLA 1999-2009 … 236-54-12, 13 yrs)

(7) .799 – Clive Charles (Portland, 1989-2002 … 226-52-13, 14 yrs)

(8) .798 – Mike Covone (Barry/D-2, 1984-94 … 140-32-9, 11 yrs)

(9) .795 – Bob Sheehan (Northern Kentucky/D-2, 1997-2009 … 216-51-13, 13 yrs)

(10) .791 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94, Baylor '96-'98, ND '99-'09...339-83-21, 20 yrs)

italics indicate non-active coaches

Note – College of N.J. had advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division II semifinals ... Waldrum cracked the top-10 on this list during the 2009 season


All-Time NCAA Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders (All Divisions) – Career Wins
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA school; includes all wins at a four-year institution.)

(1) 676 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2009 … 676-33-21, 31 yrs)

(2) 474 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut, 1981-2009 … 474-145-43, 29 yrs)

(3) 410 – Terry Gurnett (Rochester/D-3, 1977-2009 … 410-130-63, 33 yrs)

(4) 403 – Aliceann Wilber (William Smith/D-3, 1980-2009 … 403-118-48, 30 yrs)

(5) 393 – Gabe Mehail (Wheaton, Mass./D3 1979-82, Merrimack 1984-2009 … 393-166-41)

(4) 385 – Brian McManus (UC San Diego/D-2, 1997-2009 … 385-56-32, 23 yrs)

(7) 370 – Joe Russo (College of N.J./D-3, 1990-2009 … 370-41-25, 20 yrs)

(8) 356 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara, 1987-2009 … 356-109-36, 23 yrs)

(9) 346 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2009 ... 333-87-27, 20 yrs)

(10) 343 – Pete Felske (Wheaton, Ill./D-3; 1988-2009 ... 343-91-22, 22 yrs)

(11) 339 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94, Baylor '96-'98, ND '99-'09...339-83-21, 20 yrs)

Note – Gurnett and Wilber both recorded their 400th career wins during the 2009 season

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