NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Interim Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis announced the appointment of Jay Woodward to serve as the head women's soccer coach. Woodward is the fifth coach to lead the Corsairs program, replacing Nicole Ross who resigned earlier this month.
"I am thrilled to have Jay Woodward join Corsair Athletics as our next Head Women's Soccer Coach," Van Voorhis said. "Jay possesses a clear understanding of the NCAA Division III philosophy. His experience as a coach in previous roles equipped him with the essential qualities of a leader. It was clear to me from the start that Jay is a relationship builder. His familiarity and connections to club level soccer in Massachusetts will be a key to future recruiting classes. I am looking forward to see what he can accomplish with a talented group this fall."
Woodward is the owner of the American Keeper Company, one of the premiere goalkeeper camps/clinics in the Northeast. The American Keeper Company has provided specialized elite level goalkeeping training since 2008. He has shared his experiences as a player (USL-PDL Cape Code Crusaders) and elite coach (MLS New England Revolution) to enrich his player's technical, tactical, and mental skills.
Woodward recently served as the head assistant women's coach at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He was responsible for organizing and managing the day-to-day operations of a nationally-ranked Division II program transitioning to Division I. During his tenure with the Cardinals, Incarnate Word posted an overall record of 29-17-10 (.607) and a second round appearance in the 2009 NCAA Division II tournament.
He is returning to his Division III New England roots, where Woodward served as the head women's soccer coach at Johnson & Wales (R.I.) between 2006 and 2009. He was responsible for all facets of the Wildcats program, including the management of the team budget, recruitment of prospective student-athletes, and the coordination and implementation of the traditional and non-traditional season. The 2006 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year directed Johnson & Wales to an overall record of 29-41-5 and two appearances in the GNAC Championship tournament. He mentored a total of 10 All-GNAC selections, including the 2006 Player of the Year in Leah Farrar.
Prior to joining the Wildcats, Woodward was the women's assistant coach at Wheaton College (Mass.). Serving as the goalkeeper's coach, the Lyons advanced to the national quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament between 2003 and 2005, including a trip to the national semifinals in 2004. In 2004, Wheaton tied the NCAA record for shutouts (22) in a single-season.
The Weymouth, Mass. native played his intercollegiate soccer at Franklin Pierce and Northeastern University. He currently holds an Advanced National and Advanced National Goalkeeping coaching license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Woodward will face a familiar foe in Johnson & Wales when UMass Dartmouth opens its 26th varsity season at 1 p.m. on August 29. Following a four-match road trip, the Corsairs will return home to Cressy Field to square off against Springfield College at noon on Sept. 13. UMass Dartmouth will begin its seven-match Little East Conference schedule at Rhode Island College on Sept. 20. The Corsairs will close their 2014 regular-season at conference rival Western Connecticut State University on Nov. 1.