Michelyne Pinard

Michelyne Pinard

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    Head Coach of Women's Soccer/Assistant Athletic Director
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Michelyne Pinard is in the midst of her 17th season at Williams and has a current mark of 257-46-34, a winning percentage of .813 that makes her the 6th winningest coach (by percentage) in Div. III women's soccer history.

Her Ephs are making their 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 13th overall in the past 17 years. Pinard's Eph have reached the Sweet 16 for six consecutive seasons, one of two programs to have an active streak that long. Williams is 34-10-2 (.761) in NCAA Tournament play during Pinard's tenure, having advanced to the quarterfinals seven times and the national semifinals five times. 

In 2015 —  her 14th season as head coach — Pinard led her Ephs to a national championship-winning season, going 21-1-2. The Ephwomen shutout Washington University (Mo.) 1-0 in the title game to claim their crown. When Pinard's Ephs defeated TCNJ in the NCAA Tournament 11/15/2015, she became the all-time leader in wins in women's soccer at Williams College with 196, eclipsing her predecessor and current Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy

In 2014, the Ephs went 21-2-1, the first 20-win season in program history, and advanced to the national championship, losing to Lynchburg 1-0 in penalty kicks.

Earlier this month, Pinard's Ephs won their 8th New England Small College Athletic Conference championship. 

Under Pinard, the Ephs have qualified for the NESCAC Tournament all 17 years. She is 121-25-13 (.808) in NESCAC regular season play. Pinard has coached NESCAC Players of the Year in 5 of the last 11 years (Danielle Sim - 2017, Kristi Kirshe - 2016, Sara Wild - 2010, Brianna Wolfson - 2009, and Gabrielle Woodson - 2007).

Williams has played in the conference tournament championship game 13 times in Pinard's 17-year tenure. 

Pinard's 2013 Ephs would outscore their opponent 8-1 in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In a hard fought match, the Ephs would finish regulation in a tie only to see their season end in the second overtime when Johns Hopkins found the back of the Eph net. 

In 2012, Pinard would see her team earn their 6th NESCAC championship title since taking over the program in the spring of 2002. After a 2-0 win in the first round of the national tournament, the Ephs season would come to an end in the second round. 

In a season faced with adversity, Pinard led her experienced 2011 Eph squad through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament. However, with a handful of players side-lined due to injury, the Ephs would succumb to William Smith in the Elite Eight match.

The 2010 season saw Williams finish 15-4-2, defeating Lasell College, Brandeis and Eastern Conn. St. in the first, second and third round matchups of the NCAA Tournament before falling, 4-0, to familiar NCAA quarter final foe William Smith in an Elite Eight round match-up.

Pinard's 2009 Ephs compiled a record of 19-1-0, losing in the third round of the NCAA tournament to The College of New Jersey. The Ephs also won the Little Three title and captured their third straight NESCAC title. Pinard was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third straight season.

After guiding the Ephs to a phenomenal 19-1-1 season in 2008, Pinard was named the NESCAC Coach of the year. The Ephs unfortunately saw their season end in Greensboro, NC against Wheaton (IL) in the NCAA Tournament National Semifinal.  

Pinard is also served as the interim head coach of Williams women’s ice hockey for the 2005-2006 season. Prior to coaching at Williams Pinard was an assistant coach for two years at NESCAC foe Middlebury in soccer and ice hockey and at Penn for two years in soccer.

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 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. While at Dartmouth she also coached the Upper Valley Lightning Soccer Club for four seasons.                                         

In ice hockey Pinard was a four-year letter winner for the Big Green and earned All-Ivy League honors in 1998.

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

National Champions: 2015, 2017 & 2018

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

5x- NESCAC Player of the Year

3x - NESCAC Coach of the Year

18 - All-Americans