The 14th-ranked William Smith College soccer team defeated RIT this past weekend in the final regular season match for both teams. With the 1-0 win, Head Coach Aliceann Wilber recorded her 400th career victory, a milestone only one other Division III women’s soccer coach has reached.
Wilber has guided the William Smith program for 30-seasons, from its inception in 1980, and has been called one of the winningest coaches in women’s collegiate soccer. Her efforts have been recognized with numerous accolades, including unprecedented consecutive selections in 1987 and 1988 as the Division III Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. She is also a four-time winner of the National Coach of the Year Award and a seven-time Regional Coach of the Year recipient. More recently in April 2008, Wilber was honored as the WHAM College Coach of the Year.
As the only head coach the program has ever known, Wilber has become synonymous with William Smith soccer. She has led the Herons to 17 consecutive winning seasons and a record-breaking 15 consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including 10 trips to the quarterfinals, four semifinals, and three championship games. Wilber’s overall record currently stands at 400-118-47.
Wilber graduated magna cum laude from The College at Brockport with a degree in physical education. She also earned her master’s degree in physical education from Goddard College.
More information about the win at RIT is on the HWS athletics site: http://www.hwsathletics.com/news/2009/10/31/WSSQ_1031092652.aspx