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July 4th, 2012

Williamson is named Vassar soccer coach

POUGHKEEPSIE - Laura Williamson, who has served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Stevens Institute of Technology for the last three seasons, was recently named head women’s soccer coach at Vassar College. The announcement came from Dr. Sharon Beverly, Director of Athletics & Physical Education.

Williamson, who was involved in all aspects of coaching and administration at Stevens, comes to Vassar following a highly successful stint with the Ducks. Following a 6-12 season her first year in 2009, Williamson was instrumental in a program that won the Empire 8 Conference as the No. 3 seed in 2010 and defended its title the following season without losing a single conference game and capturing both the regular season and conference championships.

She was part of the 2011 Empire 8 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and helped lead the Ducks to a first round victory in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships.

“Laura Williamson is one of the brightest young coaches in Division III women’s soccer and we’re excited to have her as our new coach,” said Beverly. “She brings to Vassar College all the attributes necessary to lead our program to its ultimate goal - a Liberty League Championship.”

Williamson is a proven recruiter who helped land the previous two Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year selections to Stevens. Off the field, the Stevens team distinguished itself by earning five straight NSCAA Team Academic Awards with a team GPA of 3.34.

Prior to joining Stevens, Williamson was an assistant women’s soccer coach and Administrative Fellow at Smith College from August 2007 to May 2009. She has served as head coach of the Brooklyn Patriots U-18 team since August 2011. Williamson has been involved in various capacities with the NYC American Youth Soccer Organization (2009-present), the Western United Soccer Club U-13 (2008) and the Maine Coastal United U-16 (2007).

Williamson is a 2007 graduate of Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Education. She earned her Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College in 2009.

A women’s soccer team captain at Colby in the 2006 season, Williamson graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer in goals and points. She was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2003 and earned All-Conference selection all four seasons.

She earned CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades as a senior in 2007, the same year she was Colby’s Marjorie D. Bither Award, presented to the senior female athlete who showed outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and leadership skills.

The Brewers will open the 2012 season on September 1st, playing in the Husson (ME) Tournament.

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