|Hughes Named Head Coach of Women's Soccer|
Hughes Named Head Coach of Women's Soccer
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College has named Jen Hughes its head women’s soccer coach after three years as the interim head coach. Hughes has led the Lord Jeffs to an overall 32-7-9 record over the past three seasons, including an eye-popping 15-2-2 mark in 2006. Prior to Amherst, Hughes was the assistant women’s soccer coach for her alma mater Colgate University.
Last season, Amherst went undefeated in NESCAC regular season play (7-0-1) and entered the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Amherst was the conference tournament runner-up and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hughes led Amherst deep into the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the national quarterfinal round, where they fell to The College of New Jersey in a penalty shootout. Amherst finished the season ranked 7th in the nation in the year-end NSCAA poll.
Athletic Director Suzanne Coffey shares that she is, “delighted to have Jennifer Hughes join our staff as the full time head coach of women's soccer. She was a superb athlete and accomplished student while at Colgate.”
Hughes was one of the best women’s soccer players in Colgate history, leading the Division I Raiders to three consecutive Patriot League Championships and a trio of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) titles. She capped her collegiate playing career with a host of honors, including Soccer Buzz All-America, three-time NSCAA Regional All-America, four-time First-Team All-Patriot League, 1996 ECAC Tournament MVP, 1996 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, 1996 Patriot League Tournament MVP, and 1996 Colgate Team MVP, and graduated as Colgate’s all-time leader in goals, assists, and points.
Hughes is one of two players in Colgate women’s soccer history to have her number retired and was recently inducted into the Colgate Hall of Honor and East Syracuse-Minoa High School Hall of Fame.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to stay on as head coach of women’s soccer at Amherst College,” explains Hughes. “I am proud of my work over the last three years with the program, and I am excited about the future of the program. I feel honored to be part of the Amherst community and to work with such a tremendous group of very talented women.”
”In three years as the interim head coach at Amherst Jen has continued to set high marks for this talented group of student-athletes,” elaborates Coffey. “We expect Jen and the team to build on their successes of the past season, extending the ride into NCAA National Championship play when the 2007 campaign commences.”
Hughes has continued her education on and off the field, playing professional soccer, then going on to earn two masters degrees, a degree in sports administration and an MBA. Jen continues to set a great example for the program academically, and is currently in law school at the University of Connecticut.
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