Chicago’s Julian Cich became the first female coach to win a men’s soccer NCAA championship
The University of Chicago men’s soccer won the NCAA Championship on Saturday.
With a 2-0 win over Williams College in the NCAA Division III finals, Maroons head coach Julian Cich became the first woman in college sports history to win a national men’s soccer championship.
Gatorade shower and all.
Robbie Pino and Ryan Yetyshefsky scored the winning goals, while Chicago goalkeeper Will Boyce kept his third straight clean sheet.
The win capped a 22-0-1 season for Chicago, whose only non-win came on October 28 against New York University. Overall, Chicago outscored opponents 51-11. This is a powerful way to start your career as a college head coach.
Chicago chose Cich, a native of Chicago, to lead its program In April 2022 After two previous stints as a school assistant coach. She also served as assistant coach of the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars and head coach of the Red Stars Reserves, as well as assistant women’s soccer coach at Illinois-Chicago.
Prior to his coaching career, Cich was a star player at DePaul and still holds the school’s all-time points and assists records. His professional career lasted 13 years with three different stints at Red Stars.
Clearly, he’s not a guy who wants to work in Chicago, and now he’s made history by doing it.
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