BU Women’s Football Head Coach Nancy Feldman Announces Retirement
BOSTON- After 27 seasons as one of the most decorated head coaches in the history of Boston University athletics and women’s college football, head coach Nancy Feldman announced his retirement. Feldman will serve until the end of the spring semester.
“I feel so lucky to have dedicated the past 27 years as the head coach of women’s soccer at Boston University,” Feldman said. “While it is a difficult decision to step away from training, I leave feeling fulfilled and satisfied with what this program has achieved. I know the future is bright for BU Women’s Soccer, based on the return of female students- athletes and the exceptional athletic and academic prestige of Boston University to continue recruiting the nation’s top prospects.
“I am extremely grateful to the late Gary Stickler and my dear friend Averill Haines, who were BU’s sporting administrators in 1995, who chose to hire a young, unproven Division I coach. And the support that Steve Bamford, my Athletic Director at Plymouth State College lent me to apply and ultimately accept the position. These mentors gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to start a program from scratch with all the resources needed to build a successful one.
“Mike Lynch, then, and now Drew Marrochellocurrent Boston University Athletic Director, have continued to fully support me and BU Women’s Soccer, enabling us to achieve conference, regional and national recognition as a program with a winning tradition.
“I have been surrounded by incredible administrative and coaching colleagues for the past 27 years. I will sorely miss the camaraderie and friendships that I have relied on. There is no more caring or generous group of professionals in a the country’s university athletic department.”
As the sole head coach since the Terriers became a college program in 1995, Feldman has built BU into a premier women’s soccer powerhouse at the conference and national level. The Terriers have won 13 conference tournament titles and 14 regular season championships across the America East and the Patriot League under Feldman’s leadership. She guided BU to 14 NCAA Tournament selections, winning five games in those appearances.
At BU, Feldman is 326-169-54, winning over 64% of his games. Including her seven seasons with Lake Forest and Plymouth St. before arriving at Commonwealth Avenue, Feldman has 418 head coaching victories, which ranks 22nd all-time among women’s football head coaches in the NCAA history. She is 13th all-time in wins as a women’s soccer head coach with over 10 seasons at a Division I institution.
“One of the greatest coaching careers in college football has come to an end and words really can’t describe what Nancy meant to BU and to all the women who were lucky enough to call her ‘Coach’. “, said Marrochello. “Nancy has set a high standard of excellence with an incredible mark of consistency, passionately dedicated to her team and its growth each fall. All the numbers and records speak for themselves and, most importantly, she has built leaders and lasting relationships decade after decade. .
“It was a privilege to work with Nancy – she was not only a valued colleague, but also a friend and mentor to many. Everyone associated with our department owes a debt of gratitude to Nancy and her legacy, as she simply made them better. . We all congratulate Nancy on her retirement and thank her for all she has given to BU.”
In 2014, USA today named Boston University the third-best Division I women’s soccer program in the United States based on team success, overall school quality, and student-athlete academic record.
Feldman has won 12 Conference Coach of the Year awards, was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Region Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2013, and was selected as the coach of the division I of the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA). the Year in 1997.
Under his leadership, 149 Terriers earned All-Conference accolades, including 25 All-Rookie selections, 11 Defensive Players of the Year, seven Midfielders of the Year, six Offensive Players of the Year and six Goaltenders. of the year.
In his first college campaign under Feldman, BU went 10-3-2 to start a seven-game winning streak of 10 or more. Joining America East the following season, the Terriers won their first conference title in 2000 thanks to a perfect 9-0 league streak. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, BU beat Holy Cross 1-0 for their first playoff victory.
BU have won a total of nine America East titles with Feldman at the helm, including five in a row from 2007 to 2011. The Terriers maintained their dominance after joining the Patriot League in 2013, winning the conference championship in their three first seasons in PL and their fourth in 2018.
Feldman oversaw the development of several Terriers that reached the professional ranks. All-time leading scorer Deidre Enos ’01 was drafted into the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) Supplemental Draft in 2001. Marisha Schumacher-Hodge, ’09 played for the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) , the Boston Aztecs in the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat of the W-League.
The 2010 WPSL Draft featured Class of 2009 graduates Mara Osher and Casey Brown as the seventh sixth-round pick for the Washington Freedom and the fifth seventh-round pick for the Boston Breakers, respectively.
In the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), three-time All-Patriot League, Anna Heilferty, ’20 became the first Terrier to be drafted into the NWSL, as the Washington Spirit selected her 19th overall in 2021. Kylie Strom, ’14 currently plays for Orlando Pride, while Class of 2016 graduates Clare Pleuler and McKenzie Hollenbaugh have made appearances at training camps across the league.
Nationally, Feldman has coached eight NSCAA All-Americans, highlighted by Enos’ first-team selection in 2000. Sixty Terriers have achieved all-region recognition through the NSCAA and United Soccer Coaches.
“The legacy I hope to leave is one where individual growth and development was a central tenant, coupled with an environment where teammates were committed to each other,” Feldman said. “Building meaningful relationships, competing with each other to achieve our program goals, and experiencing the joy and satisfaction of playing the football we love were the outcomes I was looking for.
“The strength and conditioning, associate head coaches, assistant and volunteer coaches, as well as the athletic trainers, equipment managers, facility staff, academic support, and athletic information associates with whom I have had the privilege of working, have been the most committed and loyal comrades that I have Their efforts behind the scenes are one of the main reasons we have been able to accomplish so much They have played a role important in the individual growth, development, experience and well-being of our student-athletes.
“To the student-athletes and alumni of the BU women’s soccer program, I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude and thanks. For allowing me the honor of coaching you. For trusting the process and being fully committed to the team and the program. To be your all and give us your best.”
Feldman’s impact extended beyond BU’s women’s soccer program and to Boston University as well as the city of Boston. Feldman helped run the Summer Day Camp soccer program at BU for Boston kids and served on the board of directors for City Kicks, an organization that provides soccer programs as well as academic support for middle school students.
On December 11, 2018, former Boston City Mayor Marty Walsh declared Coach Day Nancy Feldman Day, acknowledging his contributions to the university and to the city. Feldman also received an honorary Scarlet Key from Boston University at the end of the 2008-09 academic year, which recognizes a faculty or staff member who has had a positive influence on student life and is the one of BU’s highest academic honors.
A member of United Soccer Coaches since 1985, Feldman has chaired numerous United Soccer Coaches committees to support the organization’s annual convention as well as regional and national awards and ranking initiatives, shining a light on the college football landscape. In 2010, she received the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award.
United Soccer Coaches honored Feldman in 2017 with the Long-Term Service Award. Now known as the Bill Jeffrey College Long-Term Service Award, the honor is given to an individual who has elevated intercollegiate football to new heights through long-term dedication to the game.
A year later, Feldman won the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Football Excellence Award. In coordination with the Women’s Soccer Advocacy Group and WAGS (Women and Girls in Soccer), the honor recognizes individuals who have provided long-term service to women’s soccer on behalf of the association and sport in the United States.
BU Athletics will immediately begin a nationwide search for Feldman’s successor.