#10: Coaching Successes
St. Louis, Mo., July 1, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis had a banner year in 2013-14 – with 17 teams competing in the NCAA Tournament and a fourth-place finish in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup. The Bears also won 10 University Athletic Association (UAA) titles and had three individual national champions.
With all the success in the 2013-14 season, what was the top sports moment in Washington University Athletics? A new highlight will be revealed every Tuesday and Thursday until we reach No. 1 on Thursday, July 31.
#10 Coaching Successes
Across the board, Washington University boasts one of the finest coaching staffs in all of NCAA Division III. Four head coaches recorded a milestone win in the 2013-14 season, while three earned national awards and nine earned University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staffs of the Year.
• Softball coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté earned the 300th win of her career when Washington U. defeated Principia College 10-0 in five innings in game one of a doubleheader April 24. Pineda-Boutté has a career record of 304-134-1 (.694) in 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
• Men’s soccer coach Joe Clarke picked up the 400th win of his career in Washington U.’s 3-0 win at Principia Oct. 24. He became the 17th active coach in NCAA men’s soccer to reach the 400-victory plateau. After 17 years at Washington U. and 30 years as a collegiate head coach, Clarke has an overall career record of 402-162-67 (.690).
• Men’s basketball coach Mark Edwards became the 12th NCAA Division III coach and 81st men’s college basketball coach to win 600 games when Washington U. defeated the University of Rochester 77-61 Feb. 7. Edwards, the winningest coach in school history with a 607-267 (.695) overall record, has led the Bears to 30-consecutive winning seasons, 18 NCAA Tournaments and the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championships.
• Women’s golf coach Sean Curtis was named the Eaton Pride Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National and Regional Coach of the Year. Curtis also earned the honors in 2012.
• For the second straight season, women’s soccer coach Jim Conlon earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Central Region Coach of the Year.
• Men’s tennis coach Roger Follmer was named the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (2006, 2009, 2014).
• WUSTL had nine coaching staffs named UAA Staffs of the Year in 2013–14 (football, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track, men’s and women’s outdoor track).