Dec. 5, 2022 — Historical past over the weekend


I didn’t need to go too far with out mentioning some school soccer historical past that occurred Saturday in Salem, Va. Within the NCAA Division III males’s soccer remaining, the College of Chicago defeated Williams Faculty 2-0.

Becoming a member of within the celebrations was Julianne Sitch, an NWSL veteran for a number of seasons as nicely a former coach with the Chicago Pink Stars Reserves.

Sitch, notably, is the College of Chicago’s head soccer coach. She is grew to become the primary feminine head coach in historical past to steer an NCAA males’s soccer program to a nationwide title. And it was the Maroons’ first nationwide title in this system’s 75-year historical past.

Now, we’ve seen girls teaching males on a sporadic foundation over time, particularly in basketball. Teresa Weatherspoon, Nancy Lieberman, Kara Lawson, Becky Hammon, and Kristi Toliver have been within the teaching bins inside the G-League and the NBA over the 12 months.

However that is one thing completely different. Sitch has gotten her workforce to play via a maze of Division III males’s soccer groups. There are at present 414 groups taking part in Division III soccer from coast to coast. One way or the other, she was capable of steer the Maroons to a 22-1 report and thru a bracket of 62 groups to get to the Division III Faculty Cup remaining.

It’s a exceptional story, however I additionally suppose Sitch goes to get a few telephone calls within the subsequent week from folks trying to rent a very good coach. And one native candidate could possibly be concerned.

Extra on that Wednesday.



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