William Smith Soccer Head Coach Aliceann Wilber P’13 appears in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated in Faces in the Crowd, which hit newsstands on Thursday, Dec. 23.
The only head coach in the program’s 31-year history, Wilber led the Herons to an 18-3-3 mark this fall, tying the school record for wins in a season. In the third round of the NCAA Tournament, William Smith defeated No. 13 Oneonta State 2-1 for the 422nd win of her career, tying University of Rochester Head Coach Terry Gurnett (422-136-65) for the most wins in NCAA Division III women’s soccer history.
The following afternoon, Wilber’s Herons defeated No. 9 Williams 1-0 for win No. 423. The victory also propelled William Smith to the program’s seventh national semifinal appearance.
The most successful woman in collegiate women’s soccer, Wilber’s career record stands at 423-121-49. She trails only two Division I bosses, North Carolina’s Anson Dorance (715) and Connecticut’s Len Tsantiris (484), in career victories.
Wilber has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year four times (1987, 1988, 1991, 2008). In 2003, Wilber became the first woman to receive the NSCAA’s prestigious Bill Jeffrey Award for her outstanding achievement and longtime dedication to college soccer.