Amherst Women's Soccer Assistant Coaches
Lyn Wojcik ’06 joins the women’s soccer coaching staff at Amherst College this season shortly after finishing a distinguished career as a player for the Jeffs. A product of Ware, Mass. and St. Peter-Marian H.S., she graduated with a degree in Geology and anchored the defense for Amherst for the last four seasons, receiving numerous awards. As a sophomore, Wojcik was named Second-Team All-New England while helping the Jeffs to a NESCAC Championship and the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Round of 16. In 2005, Wojcik led the team to a 9-3-3 record as a captain, and was recognized with the Friends of Amherst Award, given to a student-athlete who demonstrates a desire for excellence through sportsmanship and hard work. Wojcik was an important part of the Jeff’s defense during her career and will certainly be a positive addition to the coaching staff this season.
Julia Rucker ’06 returns to join classmate Lyn Wojcik as a first-year coach after being awarded the 2006-2007 Hitchcock Fellowship in Athletics. Each year a graduating student-athlete is given an opportunity to coach a varsity team at Amherst College in each season. This position, unique to Amherst College, gives a graduate with a passion for sports and a desire to teach, a window into coaching. Rucker will also serve as the coordinator of Intramural Athletics as part for the fellowship. Rucker played soccer competitively for the Minneapolis United club growing up, and throughout high school in Twin Cities area as a sweeper and outside back. While graduating with a degree in Religion, Rucker was a four-year track athlete and team captain in 2006. She was a member of the team which currently holds the Amherst College indoor 4x400 meter relay record.