KANSAS CITY, MO. — Williams College senior Mai Mitsuyama (Natick, MA) has been named the D3 Soccer.com Midfielder of the year while Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard has been named the site's Coach of the Year, it was announced today.
Previously, Mitsuyama was named an Academic All-NESCAC honoree for the third year, First Team All-NESCAC for the third consecutive year, First Team NSCAA All-New England for the third year in a row, a three-time First Team ECAC All-New England selection, and a repeat First Team NSCAA All-American as well as being named to the All-NCAA Tournament team when the Ephs won the 2015 NCAA title in Kansas City on December 4.
She was also selected as the NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year. In addition, Mitsuyama was named an NSCAA Scholar-All-American First Team honoree for the second consecutive year. To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.
Mitsuyama is majoring in Japanese and Psychology, is a Class Marshall, and last year served as a Junior Advisor residing in a first year student residence.
TIn 2015, Mitsuyama scored twice with no assists. The goals were the first of her collegiate career and both came by converting a penalty kick in regulation. For her career, the Ephs' field general netted two goals, registered nine assists and 13 points while playing, and starting in 84 games for Williams.
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). Under Pinard, the Ephs have qualified for the NESCAC Tournament all 14 years . She is 95-24-11 (.781) in NESCAC regular season play. Pinard has coached NESCAC Players of the Year in three of the last nine years (Sara Wild - 2010, Brianna Wolfson - 2009, and Gabrielle Woodson - 2007).
Williams is 26-8-2 (.750) in NCAA Tournament play during Pinard's tenure. Overall, Williams has reached the NCAA Tournament 10 times in her 14 seasons in Williamstown. Pinard has coached the Ephs to back-to-back 20-win seasons, the first such seasons in program history.