KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced today that Williams head women's soccer coach Michelyne Pinard has been named the New England Division III Coach of the Year.
Pinard's 2015 Ephs are 19-1-2 and are preparing to play Centre College in the national semifinal this Friday afternoon in Kansas City at 2:30 p.m. EST. This marks the second consecutive year that Pinard's team has advanced to the national semifinals, a Williams record.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the 2015 Williams Women's Soccer Journey," said Pinard. "As a coach, it has been one of the most fulfilling seasons of my career, watching this team work toward playing their very best soccer each and every week, watching this team find its way competitively in November and watching this team enjoy the challenges of the journey together in such a supportive way. It has been spectacular and any awards that the team compiles along the way is a reflection of that amazing journey."
Pinard is in her 14th season as the Williams women's head coach. She became the all-time leader in wins at Williams this fall when the Ephs defeated TCNJ in the Second Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament on November 15th. Her 197 victories surpasses the 195 of her predecessor Lisa Melendy, now the Director of Athletics at Williams.
Under Pinard, the Ephs have qualified for the NESCAC Tournament all 14 years, while compiling an overall record of 197-43-27 (.783) and 95-24-11 (.781) in NESCAC play. Pinard has coached NESCAC Players of the Year in three of the last 10 years (Sara Wild - 2010, Brianna Wolfson - 2009, and Gabrielle Woodson - 2007).
Williams is 24-8-2 (.735) in NCAA Tournament play during Pinard's tenure, having advanced to the quarterfinals four times and the national semifinals three times. Overall, Williams has reached the NCAA Tournament 10 times in her 14 seasons in Williamstown including the last nine seasons. Last year was the first time a Williams team had advanced to the national championship contest. Williams lost the 2014 title tilt to Lynchburg in a penalty kick shootout after playing 110 scoreless minutes.
A 1998 graduate of Dartmouth College, Pinard, was named head coach of the Ephs in the spring of 2002, succeeding Lisa Melendy. At Dartmouth Pinard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She was a two-sport standout for the Big Green in soccer and ice hockey.
Pinard was a key member of the Big Green soccer team that won the 1994 Ivy League title and earned two NCAA tournament berths. In 1998 she won the Mickey Price Award for leadership and commitment on and off the field.
Pinard earned a Master's degree in psychological services in the Graduate School of Education at Penn in 2002.