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Morgan Tabbed NSCAA/Adidas New England Coach of the Year

November 30, 2001

Cathy Poor '02
New England Coach of the Year Michelle Morgan led the Jeffs to their first-ever NCAA Championship game in 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College head women's soccer coach Michelle Morgan was selected by her peers as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas NCAA Division III New England Coach of the Year after leading the Jeffs to a 16-5-1 overall record and a first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship game. She will be formally recognized at the College Coaches Luncheon at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, January 17, 2002.

Morgan's Jeffs set a new single-season school record for victories in 2001 and won the NESCAC Championship Tournament, earning an automatic bid to their sixth-ever NCAA Tournament. Despite entering the postseason unranked, Amherst won the NCAA New England Regional, trouncing Endicott College, 6-0, in the first round, handing Wheaton (MA) College - which entered the game as the number-three team in the nation with a 20-0 record - a 4-1 loss in the regional semifinals, and capturing the regional crown with a 2-1 victory over Western Connecticut State University, then the 11th-ranked team in the nation.

From there, Morgan guided the Jeffs to a 1-0 win over fourth-ranked William Smith College in the national quarterfinals and a 1-0 victory over Wheaton (IL) College in semis to earn the College's first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship game, where they fell to national champion Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0.

Her 2001 team produced a bevy of individual award winners. Senior tri-captain midfielder Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA) earned NESCAC Player of the Year honors and was the leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament with 14 points, en route to winning the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award. She was also a NESCAC All-Academic selection, and capped her career as Amherst's all-time leading scorer after shattering the College's single-season scoring record, finishing her senior year with 16 goals and nine assists for 41 points. Junior back Katharine Shipley (Newton, MA) and senior tri-captain Margaret Rubin (McLean, VA) joined Poor on the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Shipley, Poor and senior midfielder Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) were also First-Team All-NESCAC selections.

With an overall head coaching record of 198-106-36 in 25 seasons, Morgan is just two wins shy of her 200th career victory, earning 10 Little Three Championships and berths in seven ECAC, six NCAA and three NIAC Tournaments along the way. Her 2000 Jeffs won the College's first-ever ECAC Championship and she has led Amherst to a pair of NCAA Finals Fours, once in 1996 and again this season.

Morgan was a standout field hockey, basketball and softball player at the Colorado Women's College before graduating in 1974 and later gained valuable experience as a teaching assistant and three-sport coach at Smith College, earning a master's degree in physical education in 1976. After a brief stint as the director of athletics at the Vail Deane School in Hillside, New Jersey, Morgan took over at Amherst in 1978 and has since coached women's squash, basketball, lacrosse and golf in addition to soccer. She also works as a professor of physical education and athletics and currently serves as the athletic department's senior women's administrator.