|2016||19||2||3||.833||1st||NCAA National Champion|
|TOTAL||169||35||16||.805||7 UAAs||10 NCAAs|
|CAREER||373||140||31||.714||7 UAAs||15 NCAAs|
Jim Conlon took the Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer program to a new level in 2016 after the Bears claimed the programs' first national championship with a 5-4 shootout victory over Messiah Dec. 3 in Salem, Va.
WashU recorded a 19-2-3 overall record in 2016, the second most wins in school history, and won the University Athletic Association (UAA) title for the fourth time in the last five years. He mentored three All-Americans in 2016 – Lizzy Crist (first), Maggie Crist (first) and Katie Chandler (third). Lizzy Crist was named the 2016 NSCAA National Player of the Year and NSCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, in addition to being named 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Conlo has led the Bears to three national championship game appearances, including National Runner-Up finishes in 2009 and 2015, seven Universith Athletic Association (UAA) titles and 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament in his 10 seasons. He has 169-35-16 (.805) overall record leading the Bears.
Conlon and the Bears tied a single-season record with a 20-3-1 overall record in 2015, and finished as the NCAA Division III National Runner-Up. The Bears advanced to the Final Four for the third time in school history and claimed a share of their 10th UAA title. In addition, Conlon and his staff earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
In 2009, Conlon made his mark at WashU in just his second season, leading the Bears to an NCAA Runner-Up finish after falling to No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Messiah College, 1-0, in San Antonio, Texas. WashU tied a then-school record with a 17-4-3 overall mark, and won its fourth-straight UAA championship.
Conlon led WashU to an 18-5 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2011, and then posted a 19-2-1 mark in 2012 and a second-consecutive trip to the Elite 8.
The Bears posted a school-record 20-1-1 mark in 2013, advancing to their third-straight NCAA Quarterfinal and won their second-straight UAA Championship with a perfect 7-0 mark. WashU had a 14-game winning streak, second longest in school history, and outscored its opponents 78-8. Conlon and his staff was also named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time in his career, and he was also named the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.
He has mentored 11 student-athletes to 16 All-America awards, including 2014 D3soccer.com Midfielder of the Year Lillie Toaspern.
Conlon arrived on the Danforth Campus on March 13, 2008, after serving for eight seasons as the head women’s and men’s soccer coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He is the third women’s soccer coach in WashU history and the second full-time coach.
As the first full-time soccer coach in Wartburg history, Conlon posted a 108-48-10 overall record with the men’s team and a 96-57-5 mark with the women’s team. He led the men’s squad to five NCAA appearances, advancing to the Sectional semifinals in 2005 and 2006, and to the Sectional final in 2004.
In 2007, the Wartburg women’s team won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) title and advanced to the NCAA Sectional round, the squad’s first NCAA berth in school history.
Conlon was named the NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year in 2006, and garnered IIAC Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004. He had 64 student-athletes earn Academic all-IIAC honors, four ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honorees and four NSCAA All-America selections while at Wartburg.
He has a 373-140-31 (.714) record in 18 seasons coaching collegiate soccer, which includes eight seasons as the men’s and women’s soccer coach at Wartburg College (2000-07). Conlon coached the 500th game of his career in the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship Dec. 5 in Kansas City.
A 1998 graduate of Loras College, Conlon played for four seasons on the Loras men’s soccer team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business management and sports management.
Upon graduation, he served as the assistant women’s and men’s soccer coach at his alma mater for two years, while pursuing a Master of Arts in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration.
Conlon and his wife Jeanne have two children: Courtney (12) and Carson (10).
- 169-35-16 (.805) in 10 seasons at WashU
- 373-140-31 (.714) overall record as a collegiate head coach
- 2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
- Three Final Fours (2009, 2015, 2016)
- 10 NCAA Appearances (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Seven UAA Championships (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- 2016 D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year
- Two-time NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year (2013, 2016)
- Two-time UAA Coaching Staff of the Year (2013, 2015)
- 16 All-Americans, including 2016 NSCAA National Player of the Year (Lizzy Crist) and 2014 D3soccer.com Midfielder of the Year (Lillie Toapsern)
- Four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans®
- 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year (Lizzy Crist)
- 2016 NSCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year (Lizzy Crist)
- 2016 Division III Honda Award (Lizzy Crist)
Updated August 1, 2018