Seattle University head women’s soccer coach Julie Woodward added to her illustrious coaching resume Sunday by earning her 200th career victory. Woodward, who is in her 15th season at the helm of the program, is the No. 5 all-time winningest coach in a single sport at Seattle U and the winningest coach in women’s soccer program history.
Woodward will be honored for her outstanding accomplishments at a pregame ceremony this Friday before the Redhawks take on the University San Francisco for their home opener at 4 p.m.
“It is been special for me because it has been at SU. I enjoy what I do so much and love working at Seattle University. The credit goes to the student-athletes that I have had the pleasure to coach. They are the ones who are out on the field battling and earning the wins,” said Woodward, who earned her 200th win in a 3-1 victory over San Diego State.
|Surrounded by her team, Julie Woodward earned her 200th career victory on Sunday with a 3-1 Redhawks win over San Diego State.|
“The really fun part of this accomplishment of 200 wins for Julie is they were all at her alma mater. We are thrilled that the women’s soccer program has accomplished so much under her guidance, especially already at the Division I level in just a few short years,” said athletics director Bill Hogan.
A decorated player during her four-year starting career at Seattle U from 1989-93, Woodward took over the women’s soccer program in 1997. Since transitioning from a player to head coach, she has guided the program throughout their divisional transitions, beginning at the NAIA level, to the NCAA Division II level and most recently through the reclassification process back to the NCAA Division I level.
In addition to coaching 13 10-win seasons, she has coached numerous Redhawks to conference, regional and national accolades. At the NAIA level, 27 student-athletes earned All-America accolades, including five first team recipients.
After transitioning to the DII level, the Redhawks continued to excel under Woodward’s tutelage. The squad reached the NCAA Tournament three times, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2004. That same season Woodward was named the Far West Region Coach of the Year. Seattle U produced 18 All-Far West Region honorees, including 13 first team selections. As members of the GNAC, the Redhawks won the conference title in 2006 and went to DII NCAA Tournament that season. They made it consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, earning a bid in 2007, as well. Woodward’s teams fielded three NSCAA/adidas Division II All-Americans, three GNAC Players of the Year and eight All-GNAC honorees.
In 2009, Woodward’s team began playing a full Division I schedule. Since reclassifying, SU is 25-19-3, boasting a 7-3 record 10 games into the 2011 season. The Redhawks earned their biggest win in program history on Sept. 2, 2011, when the team shutout then-No. 4 Portland, 2-0. The victory also marked the highest ranked opponent a Seattle U team has defeated since reclassifying back to DI.
Woodward’s teams have fielded great success both on-and-off the field. She has coached five CoSIDA Capital One/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, 20 Academic All-District VIII selections and following the 2006-07 season, Ana Gutierrez was an NCAA Woman of the Year finalist.
Among active coaches, Woodward is also ranked in the NCAA Division I and II all-time coaching record books. For active coaches with less than five years at the DI level, she is the No. 5 winningest coach and is ranked No. 2 in victories. She is also the No. 19 winningest active coach among DII coaches.
Woodward, a member of the Seattle U Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Redhawks will continue to work towards an at-large bid to the Division I NCAA Tournament in 2011. On July 1, 2012 Seattle U will officially join the Western Athletic Conference, providing new challenges and opportunities for Woodward and the Redhawks.