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University of Connecticut

Head Coach len tsantiris 1 4 B I G E A ST P l a y e r s o f t h e Y e a r 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, being tabbed the fourth seed in the 64-team bracket. The team bowed out in the NCAA quarterfinals, ending the season at the hands of Penn State in a 2-1 loss. The Huskies compiled a 21-3-1 record for the year. The 2001 season added another winning effort to Tsantiris’ resume, as the Huskies finished 18-6-0 overall and captured their third straight BIG EAST Northeast Division title. In addition to leading the team to its 20th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Tsantiris became only the second women’s soccer head coach to win 350 games in his career. In 2000, the team was nationally-ranked for the majority of the season, compiling an overall record of 17-7-2, and 5-0 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies were crowned the BIG EAST Northeast Division Champions and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. After upsetting No. 2 Nebraska in the Sweet 16 of the tournament, Connecticut advanced to the Elite Eight for the eighth straight season, the 15th time under Tsantiris. The 1999 season was another in a long line of highly successful campaigns for Tsantiris and the UConn women’s soccer program. The Huskies won the BIG EAST Northeast Division title and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive season. The Huskies won the BIG EAST Conference regular season championship in 1998 with a 10-0-1 record and Tsantiris was honored as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. He also posted his 300th career win during the season and UConn concluded the overall year 212-2, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 1997, Tsantiris fielded one of his best teams ever as the Huskies posted a single-season school record 23 wins en route to an overall record of 23-4-0. Connecticut won four NCAA contests and advanced to the NCAA Division I National Championship game for the third time. For his efforts, Tsantiris was named the 1997 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Women’s National Coach of the Year. As the architect of the Connecticut women’s soccer program, Tsantiris has also been honored as the NCAA Division I Northeast Coach of the Year four times (1983, 1987, 1995 and 1996) and BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1998. In 1981, Tsantiris, a highly successful scholastic soccer coach, took over the reigns of the women’s soccer program at Connecticut, his alma mater. Going into the 2008 season, the Tsantiris-led Huskies have averaged 16.9 wins per season. The 26 consecutive NCAA appearances under Tsantiris resulted in an impressive three consecutive national championship semifinal appearances in 1982, 1983 and 1984 and four more semifinal appearances

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in 1990, 1994, 1997 and 2003. The Huskies were NCAA Tournament runners-up in 1984, 1990, 1997 and again in 2003. In addition to its seven NCAA national semifinal appearances, UConn advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Both Tsantiris’ 1982 and 1983 Connecticut squads completed the regular season with undefeated records and the No. 1 ranking in the final NCAA National Top 20 poll, earning the top seed in their respective NCAA national tournaments.

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Tsantiris Over The Years 1981 17-3-1 .833 Post Season Third, AIAW Final Four 1982 16-1-1 .917 Post Season 3rd, NCAA Semifinal 1983 19-2-1 .886 Post Season 4th, NCAA Semifinal 1984 17-4-2 Post Season NCAA Finalists

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In 1982, the Huskies went 14-0-1 in regular season play while the 1983 squad fashioned an 18-0-1 record at the end of the regular season and finished the season with a then school-record 19 wins (19-2-1).

1985 14-5-0 .737 Post Season NCAA First Round

In 1983, Tsantiris was awarded the Jorgensen Award, which is given by the UConn Alumni Association to an alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of intercollegiate athletics at UConn.

1987 16-5-3 .729 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals

Tsantiris holds an “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and serves on numerous soccer boards and organizations. Tsantiris is also a member of the Connecticut Soccer Ambassadors, a statewide organization created to promote soccer at all levels. In October of 1989, Tsantiris received an award from the Connecticut Soccer Ambassadors in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of women’s soccer in the state of Connecticut. Success followed Tsantiris to Connecticut in 1981 after a four-year stint as girls’ head soccer coach at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Conn. While at E.O. Smith, his Panthers captured three straight state championships. The Panthers also set a Connecticut state record for most consecutive games without a loss (56) while out-scoring their opposition by an incredible 254-18 margin over a three-season span. A 1977 UConn graduate with a B.S. in physical education, Tsantiris was a varsity soccer forward under former men’s soccer mentor Joe Morrone. A four-year letterwinner, Tsantiris received All-New England and All-Yankee Conference honors. During those four seasons, the Husky squad qualified for the NCAA national tournament three times, advancing to the Final Eight in 1971 and 1974 and to the Final Sixteen in 1975. Upon graduation from UConn, Tsantiris played professional soccer with the Connecticut Yankees in the former American Soccer League. During the summer months, Tsantiris serves as the director of the Pioneer Girls’ Soccer School at the University of Connecticut. He and his wife, Susan, reside in West Hartford, with their son Chris, 26; and daughters: Tina, 24, and Kathy, 21.

NCAA Women’s Soccer Active Coaching Wins List

Name School Record 1. Anson Dorrance............................... North Carolina (33 Years).....................................728-44-26 2. Len Tsantiris................................... Connecticut (31 Years)....................................491-163-48 3. Becky Burleigh...................................... Florida (22 Years).........................................382-103-32 3. Jerry Smith........................................ Santa Clara (25 Years)..................................... 382-118-44 5. Randy Waldrum................................. Notre Dame (23 Years).......................................371-94-26 6. David Lombardo............................. James Madison (29 Years)..................................349-205-40 7. John Daly........................................William & Mary (25 Years)...................................347-140-41 8. Chris Petrucelli....................................... Texas (22 Years).......................................... 340-110-36 9. G. Guerrieri.........................................Texas A&M (21 Years)......................................335-108-24 10. Peter Albright.....................................Richmond (31 Years).......................................320-220-48

1986 15-5-1 .738 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals

1988 15-5-2 .727 Post Season NCAA First Round 1989 14-3-2 .789 Post Season NCAA First Round 1990 15-8-1 Post Season NCAA Finalists

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1991 16-5-0 .762 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 1992 15-5-1 .738 Post Season NCAA First Round 1993 17-6-1 .729 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 1994 19-4-0 Post Season NCAA Semifinals

.826

1995 19-3-2 .833 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 1996 22-3-0 .909 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 1997 23-4-0 Post Season NCAA Finalists

.851

1998 21-2-2 .880 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 1999 17-8-0 .680 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 2000 17-7-2 .692 Post Season NCAA Quarterfinals 2001 18-6-0 .750 Postseason NCAA Third Round 2002 21-3-1 .860 Postseason NCAA Quarterfinals 2003 15-6-3 Postseason NCAA Finalists

.688

2004 18-7-1 .712 Postseason NCAA Third Round 2005 15-5-2 .727 Postseason NCAA First Round 2006 11-7-4 .591 Postseason NCAA Second Round 2007 Posteason

14-6-2 .659 NCAA Quarterfinals

2008 7-9-6 Postseason BIG EAST Finals 2009 Postseason

.454

11-8-2 .571 NCAA Second Round

2010 10-10-3 .500 Postseason NCAA First Round 2011 7-8-2 Postseason ---------

Totals

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491-163-48 .734

2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide

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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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