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Head Coach LEn tsantiris University of Connecticut 28 NCAA Appearances

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Len Tsantiris Head Coach 32nd Season Connecticut ‘77 Head Coach Len Tsantiris embarks on his 32nd year as the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Connecticut. Under his leadership, UConn has advanced to 28 NCAA National Tournaments, including 26 straight from 1982-2007. Four of those postseason appearances included visits to the NCAA Championship Game in 1984, 1990, 1997 and 2003. During his tenure, Tsantiris has created a women’s soccer program that has received national attention for the team’s successes on and off the field. In his 31 seasons in charge of the UConn women’s soccer program, Tsantiris, an inductee of the Class of 2012 for AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame, has compiled an outstanding 491-163-48 record and is only the second women’s soccer coach to record over 450 wins. The Huskies struggled in the 2011 campaign posting a 7-8-2 record as it was the first time the squad failed to reach the BIG EAST Tournament with a 4-5-2 conference mark. Under Tsantiris’ direction, Connecticut finished the season 4-2-2 at home at Morrone Stadium, including a thrilling 3-0 victory over No. 20 Boston University. 2010 saw Connecticut reach the NCAA Tournament for the 28th time. The Huskies recorded one of the most momentous victories in BIG EAST history on October 31 when UConn ousted eventual National Champion Notre Dame from the BIG EAST Tournament with a 2-0 victory in South Bend. UConn became the first BIG EAST team to defeat the Irish in 77 games. The 77-game conference winning streak was the longest of its kind in any sport. UConn continued the long history of academic success as well. The Huskies finished the year with the highest GPA of any team at Connecticut. 22 players earned BIG EAST All-Academic Honors while graduate student Annie Yi was named the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year. In 2009, the Huskies made their return to the NCAA Tournament. UConn finished their regular season with a 10-7-1 record going 9-1-1 at home in Morrone Stadium. Under Tsantiris’ direction, in the first game of the NCAA Tournament, a doubleovertime game winner by Brittany Taylor handed the Huskies the 500th program win and Tsantiris his 474th career victory. Under Tsantiris’ direction in 2008, a young squad returned to the BIG EAST Championship match for the first time since 2005. After starting the season slowly, the team rallied back earning some key road victories which helped the Huskies into the BIG EAST tournament for the 15th time in program history. During the BIG EAST Championship game, the Huskies forced overtime with the nationally ranked No. 1 Notre Dame shutting the Fighting Irish out in regulation, the only team to do so during the 2008 season. The Huskies fell during the overtime period ending their season prior to the NCAA tournament for the first time in the school’s history. The 2007 Huskies advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. It was their 26th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team finished with a 14-6-2 overall record, 8-2-1 in the BIG EAST. UConn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 tie with Boston College. They then defeated Wake Forest 1-0 two days later in the second round. The following weekend they went across the country to defeat top seeded Stanford 2-0 in the third round. Traveling again in the quarterfinals, the Huskies led Florida State 2-1 with eight minutes to go before the Seminoles were able to score the tying goal. Florida State then won the game with a goal in the second overtime. During the course of the regular season, UConn shutout their opponents 11 times and allowed only 14 goals, the fewest they’ve allowed since giving up 12 in 1998. The 2006 Huskies earned a berth in their 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after finishing the season with an 11-7-4 overall record, 7-3-1 in the BIG EAST. UConn reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, posting a 1-1 tie against top-seeded Texas. The Longhorns, however, advanced to the next round after winning in penalty kicks. In an early season tournament, the Huskies nearly defeated eventual national champion North Carolina. In that game, UConn took a 2-0 lead into halftime, handing the Tar Heels their first two-goal halftime

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deficit since October 18, 1999. Later in the year, UConn played to a 0-0 draw with national runner-up Notre Dame at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The scoreless draw marked the first time an opponent had held Notre Dame without a goal since October 22, 2004. The tie would be the only blemish on the Notre Dame record until falling to North Carolina in the national championship game. In 2005, the Huskies advanced to their 24th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and earned a BIG EAST divisional regular season championship. The team held a 10-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 9 through Oct. 9 and posted a 15-5-2 overall record. In BIG EAST play, the Huskies finished 10-1. The 2004 Huskies had a remarkable run through the season and finished with an 18-7-1 overall record. UConn maintained a nine-game winning streak, a sevengame shutout streak in the middle of the season and captured their second BIG EAST Tournament Championship by beating Notre Dame. The Huskies advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before being knocked out by Notre Dame, who went on to win the 2004 National Championship. In 2003, UConn finished the season with an impressive 15-6-3 overall record. They won the Northern Division BIG EAST title and advanced to the NCAA tournament, fighting their way into the finals of the College Cup tournament. In the first two rounds, the Huskies faced local rivals Boston University and Central Connecticut. In the third round, the Huskies dominated Michigan with a 5-0 victory to advance to the quarterfinals against BYU. After beating the Cougars, 3-1, the Huskies went on to defeat Florida State 2-0 in the semifinals to advance to their fourth NCAA title game against North Carolina. The Huskies won their first-ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship in 2002, as they also claimed the regular season Northeast Division title. UConn made their

The Tsantiris File at UConn AS A PLAYER...

Four-year letterwinner for UConn Men’s Soccer Team ...........1973-76 All-Yankee Conference selection................................................... 1974 All-New England selection............................................................. 1975

AS A COACH...

Guided UConn To: 8 National Tournament Semifinals . ............ 1981-84, ‘90, ‘94, ‘97, ‘03 19 National Tournament Quarterfinals . ..........1981-84, ‘86-87, ‘90-91, ‘93-’00, ... ‘02-’03. ‘07 2 BIG EAST Tournament Championships...........................2002, 2004 Named: NSCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.............................. 1997 Division I Northeast Coach of the Year............1983, 1987, 1995, 1996 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year...........................1995, 1998 Earned: 450th Career Win............................. Oct. 7, 2007 (2-1 Def. Seton Hall) 400th Career Win..............................Sept. 12, 2004 (3-0 def. Hartford) 350th Career Win................................. Sept. 28, 2001 (5-0 def. Miami) 300th Career Win............................... Oct. 4, 1998 (2-0 def. Syracuse) 250th Career Win..................... Sept. 15, 1997 (1-0 def. Oregon State) 200th Career Win.....................Oct. 9, 1993 (2-0 def. New Hampshire) 150th Career Win.....................Oct. 9, 1990 (4-1 def. New Hampshire) 100th Career Win....................Oct. 20, 1987 (2-0 def. Boston College) 50th Career Win......................Oct. 25, 1983 (3-0 def. Boston College) 1st Career Win...................... Sept. 16, 1981 (2-0 def. Plymouth State)

2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide

2012 UConn Women's Soccer Media Guide  
2012 UConn Women's Soccer Media Guide  

Information and the history of the UConn women's soccer program with biographies on the coaches and athletes

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