Williams Women’s Soccer Staff Named National Coaching Staff of the Year by USC

Left to Right: Erin Cummings (hands on hips), Michelyne Pinard (crouching) & Sarah Raymond (pointing)
Left to Right: Erin Cummings (hands on hips), Michelyne Pinard (crouching) & Sarah Raymond (pointing)

KANSAS CITY, MO – The United Soccer Coaches (USC) has named the Williams women's soccer coaching staff of head coach Michelyne Pinard and assistant coaches Sarah Raymond and Erin Cummings the National DIII Women's Staff of the Year.

Williams won its second NCAA title in the last three years earlier this month downing previously undefeated Hardin-Simmons 1-0 in the national semifinal and then topped the University of Chicago 1-0 in the title tilt.

The Ephs compiled a season record of 22-1-1 (.938)

Pinard just completed her 16th season at Williams and has a current mark of 239-46-29, and a winning percentage of .807, which gives her the 6th best winning percentage in NCAA DIII women's soccer history.

In 2015 — her 14th season as head coach — Pinard led her Ephs to the school's first NCAA championship-winning season, going 21-1-2. Williams shutout Washington University (Mo.) 1-0 to claim the title. Pinard was named the National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

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 earned a Master's degree in psychological services in the Graduate School of Education at Penn in 2002.

Assistant coaches Sarah Raymond and Erin Cummings joined Pinard's staff in the summer of 2016.

Raymond came to Williams with 13 years of head coaching experience having coached at both Skidmore College and Clarkson University in the Liberty League and she served two years as an assistant coach at DI Long Island University when she began her U.S. collegiate coaching career.

At Skidmore Raymond led the Thoroughbreds to seven consecutive Liberty League titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Raymond played international soccer for Australia for 10 years and served as captain in 1996. She represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1995 and 1999. She also played for the World All-Star team in 24 matches against the US in a professional indoor tour in 1999 and 2000.

Raymond has a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Coaching Diploma.

Erin Cummings joined the Eph staff as the goalkeeping coach after graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Geology in May of 2016.

During the 2015 season, Cummings was Colgate's lone goalkeeper, starting all 18 games. She finished with a .757 save percentage and 1.22 goals against average and notched six shutouts.

During Cummings' freshman season, Colgate won the Patriot League Tournament Championship and earned a berth into the NCAA tournament. Academically, she was the recipient of the Victor Krivitski '12 Memorial Scholarship.

As a junior, Cummings was named to the Patriot League and Raider Academic Honor Roll.

Previous to Colgate, Cummings was a member of her 2010-11 Potomac School team that was ranked No. 1 in the Washington Metropolitan Area and won the 2010-11 Independent School League regular season and tournament championships.

"It's an honor and a reflection of the dedicated hard work not just the women's soccer staff, but of the entire department," said Pinard of the USC honor. "It's an inspiring environment within which we get to coach and teach. Erin's expertise coaching goalkeepers showed in the performance of Olivia Barnhill in the NCAA Tournament. She was brilliant and Erin got her to that point of playing with complete confidence at exactly the right time. Sarah has been the defensive visionary for our program for the last two years. Our team has completely evolved defensively during that time and that too showed at the exact right time as we didn't allow a goal in the tournament against several incredible teams. The coaching staff felt very much like a team this year, it was perhaps the most enjoyable year of my career. The team played with joy, grit, composure, and creativity. What else could a coaching staff ask for? It was incredible." 

The Eph coaching staff will be honored at the United Soccer Coaches Awards Banquet on January 19, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.

Head Coach Michelyne Pinard's Williams Career Highlights:

NCAA DIII Champions: 2015 & 2017

NSCAA National Coach of the Year: 2015

USC National Coaching Staff of the Year: 2017

NESCAC Champions: 2004, 2007-2010, 2012, 2015 & 2017

5x – NESCAC Player of the Year

3x – NESCAC Coach of the Year

14 – All-Americans

1 – National Player of the Year

1 – National Scholar Player of the Year