Julianne Sitch became the first woman to lead a men’s soccer team to an NCAA championship when her University of Chicago squad claimed the Division III title Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:
- The Chicago Maroons defeated Williams College 2-0 to win its first-ever national title.
- Sitch is in her first season as coach of the men’s team after previously coaching with the school’s women’s team and in the NWSL.
- Sitch played professionally for 14 seasons, finishing her career with the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL, with whom she made 31 appearances.
Sitch guided the Maroons to a 22-0-1 record in her first season at the helm, the best record in the team history. Sitch’s squad opened the season as the nation’s No. 4 and held its top ranking throughout.
The only contest Chicago failed to record a victory in was against New York University on Oct. 14, a historic matchup. The game was the first-ever meeting between two NCAA men’s soccer programs to be coached by women.
Julianne Sitch — head coach of the University of Chicago men’s soccer team — becomes the first woman to lead a men’s soccer team to a NCAA National Championship.
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— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) December 3, 2022
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