KANSAS CITY, KS. — Williams College women's soccer coach Michelyne Pinard was named the Div. III National Coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Wednesday.
Pinard's Ephs captured the first national championship in program history December 5th with a 1-0 win over Washington-St. Louis at Swope Park Village in Kansas City. The Ephs finished 21-1-2, the second straight 20-win season in program history and the only such seasons.
The Ephs are 26-8-2 all-time in NCAA Division III Tournament play.
Pinard guided her team to back-to-back Final Four appearances, also for the first time in Williams history.
Pinard will be presented her award Friday, Jan. 15 at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore.
"I'm humbled to receive this honor given how many great coaches and programs there are in Division III women's soccer," Pinard said. "I will gladly accept an honor for this 2015 team and the WWS program because I am so proud to lead such an amazing group of young women. They continue to inspire me every day with their work rate, passion, commitment, and selflessness to their studies, their sport and their community.
"I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work within a campus culture and department that creates an environment where the pursuit of excellence and the pursuit of joy through sport is the norm and highly supported by the Williams community."
Having just concluded her 14th season at Williams with the national championship game, Pinard is the all-time winningest coach in program history with a record of 199-43-27 (.790).