A 1st: Sitch leads men’s team to NCAA soccer title
Julianne Sitch was the first woman to lead a men’s soccer team to an NCAA title when she led the University of Chicago past Williams College by 2-0 in Saturday’s Division III title match.
Sitch, a former star player for DePaul and the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars, guided the top-seeded Maroons to a 22-0-1 record in her first year as coach. After two stints as assistant coach, Sitch was back in Chicago as head coach eight months ago.
This was the first NCAA men’s soccer title in program history. It also caps a season in that the Maroons set a school-record for wins.
— NCAA (@NCAA) December 3, 2022
Sitch is one of only two women coaching a men’s NCAA soccer team in Division III (NYU’s Kim Wyant is the other).
” The credit goes to the group,” Sitch stated after the win in Salem. “I mean, these guys never had a female coach before and they welcomed me in as one of their own. That was a moment that I will never forget.
” Just to watch them play is enough to make me extremely proud,” she said. “They show their heart every day, they show up every single day… the energy and support, this is a team. “
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