Head Coach Jen Hughes
Jen Hughes enters her third year as the head coach of the Amherst women's soccer program in 2006, after replacing current Senior Women's Administrator Michelle Morgan in 2004. Hughes burst onto the scene in her inaugural campaign, leading Amherst to a 9-2-4 (6-0-3 NESCAC) record and the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Amherst finished 16th in the nation and 2nd in the NESCAC in goals against average (.56), led the NESCAC in fewest goals allowed (9), and tied for second in the NESCAC in shutouts (8). The Jeffs rose as high as 11th in the NSCAA national rankings during the regular season, and produced two All-Region and two All-Conference selections.
A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, Hughes spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater before earning masters degrees in both business administration and sport management at UMass Amherst. In addition to working countless camps and clinics and assisting at Colgate, Hughes is a former head coach of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Blitz Avalanche under-14 team.
Hughes was one of the best women's soccer players in Colgate history, leading the Division I Red Raiders to three consecutive Patriot League Championships and a trio of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) titles, earning NCAA Division I Soccer Buzz All-America, NSCAA Regional All-America, First-Team All-Patriot League, ECAC Tournament MVP, Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Patriot League Tournament MVP, Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Colgate Team MVP honors as a senior co-captain. She capped her collegiate playing career as a four-time First-Team All-Patriot League, three-time NSCAA Regional All-America and two-time First-Team All-Northeast Region selection, and graduated as Colgate's all-time leader in goals (40), assists (26) and points (106). Hughes was a 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and a winner of the ECAC Merit Medal for excellence in academics and athletics, and was one of 32 players chosen for the 1997 Umbro-Select Senior All-Star Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida .
Following her senior season, she was selected to play on the Region 1 team at the 1998 U.S. National Soccer Festival and earned a spot on the W-League team for the New York Magic of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). Hughes went on to play professionally for Tyreso FF of the Damallsvenskan Futbol League in Stockholm, Sweden, and was one of 250 players worldwide invited to the inaugural Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) combine and player draft.
Hughes is one of only two players in Colgate women's soccer history to have her jersey number retired.
Jen Hughes' Career Coaching Record