Division I collegiate women’s soccer is coming to St. Francis Brooklyn.
Beginning in the fall of 2019, the Terriers women’s soccer team will officially become the 10th and final member of the Northeast Conference (NEC) in the sport and compete annually for the conference automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s College Cup. The team will also be the school’s 21st Division I squad.
Other NEC members include; Bryant University, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson University, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s University, Sacred Heart University, Saint Francis University, Robert Morris University and Wagner College.
“There are a significant number of youth and high school female soccer players in New York City,” said Miguel Martinez-Saenz, president of St. Francis College. “The amount of competitive leagues and youth programs makes this a great opportunity for us to provide yet another competitive NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer program right here in New York City.”
Talk of adding a women’s soccer program has been building for several years. Now, with the support of the college administration, that talk is becoming a reality.
“This is a great thing for our program,” said Tom Giovatto, head coach of St. Francis’ men’s soccer team. “Our men’s team has had great success throughout its 50 years and I have no doubt our new Women’s program will follow suit.”
“Adding a women’s soccer program at this point in the college’s history makes us that much more excited to see this program succeed,” said Irma Garcia, St. Francis’ Director of Athletics. “It’s an amazing chance for young women from all over the world to come to our ‘Small College of Big Dreams’ and achieve their goals in life through the whole-hearted education our student-athletes receive here at St. Francis College.”
St. Francis Brooklyn will begin a national search for a women’s soccer head coach in the upcoming weeks where she/he will have a year to recruit and build the program, before kicking off competition in the fall of 2019.