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Kim Wyant

Kim Wyant

NYU’S KIM WYANT – FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD A MEN’S SOCCER TEAM TO NCAA TOURNAMENT - https://www.soccertoday.com/nyu-mens-soccer-coach-kim-wyant-on-breaking-barriers/

Men's Soccer Head Coach
New York University

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Kim Wyant has completed four seasons as head coach of the New York University men's soccer program. In 2018, the Violets finished with a 12-4-3 overall record and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, the first appearance for NYU since 2010. The Violets advanced to the second round by defeating Haverford College 5-4 in penalty kicks after a 110-minute, 1-1 deadlock. Wyant’s squad was eliminated after losing to host Montclair State University also in penalty kicks (5-4) after a 1-1 tie. Currently, the only female head coach of an NCAA men’s soccer team, Wyant has led NYU to an overall 35-32-6 record during her four campaigns, which include three consecutive post-season bids. The Violets appeared in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship in 2016 and 2017. Prior to taking over as head coach of the men’s team, Wyant spent the previous four years as an assistant on the NYU women's soccer coaching staff. Under Wyant’s leadership, NYU has steadily improved its standing in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Violets posted a 3-3-1 record in 2018, the team’s best performance since going 4-0-3 in 2010. Six team members earned All-UAA honors (First Team: Grant Engel, Pablo Vargas; Second Team: Louis Meeks; Honorable Mention: Sergio Monton, Maxi Rodriguez; Rookie of the Year: Oliver Kleban). Rodriguez earned UAA honors for the second consecutive season, following former captain Petter Aasa, who also earned the honor twice under Wyant’s direction. Engel, a senior goalkeeper and first-time recipient, allowed a league-low four goals in UAA play. In all, Wyant has coached 12 players who have received All-UAA accolades since her appointment as Head Coach. In addition, Engel and Tristan Medios-Simon (2017) were selected First Team All-ECAC, while Nic Notaro earned ECAC All-Tournament Team laurels for his postseason performance in 2017. The Violets also excelled in the classroom in 2017 as 13 players were named to NYU’s Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee (IAAC) Fall Honor Roll, the ECAC Fall Honor Roll and were chosen UAA Fall Sport All-Academic. That academic success resulted in the Violets winning the Fall Team award for highest GPA among all of NYU’s male fall sports. In 2017, Wyant led the squad to a 9-8-3 overall record and to the semifinals of the ECAC Championship, the team’s second-consecutive postseason bid. Off the pitch, Wyant’s squads have received accolades, as well. In 2015, the entire team was given the Sportsmanship Award from the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA). Prior to NYU, Wyant also accumulated significant coaching experience at the collegiate level. She served as the women's head coach at Florida Atlantic University (1994-97) and Dowling College (2003-04), and as an assistant coach at Stony Brook University (2000) and Dowling (2005). Wyant also served as head coach of the New York Athletic Club women's soccer team which won the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association National Open Cup in 2014. Also a member of the Region I U.S. National Team's goalkeeping staff, Wyant served as a FIFA staff coach and as the head coach for the Long Island Girls' Select Program. She played for the U.S. National Team in the squad’s inaugural game in Italy in 1985. In all, Wyant played 16 games as the U.S. goalkeeper, recording the team’s first-ever win and shutout. In 2008, Wyant received the Special Recognition Award from the National Soccer Hall of Fame for her contributions to the National Team. Wyant also played for the Long Island Lady Riders of the W-League for nine years, helping lead the squads to two W-League Championships. She won W-League Goalkeeper of the Year honors in four consecutive seasons, was honored as its Most Valuable Player of the 1997 Championship Series and was a two-time All-Star. Following retirement, Wyant was named General Manager of the Lady Riders and her teams twice received W-League Organization of the Year honors. In 2002, she served as the Lady Riders' Interim Head Coach, leading them to the playoffs and an 11-1-1 overall record. A 1989 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Wyant had a stellar four-year career with the Knights. As a freshman, she earned UCF Rookie of the Year honors, started in the first-ever NCAA Women's National Championship Game and was named Tournament MVP. As a senior, she was chosen First Team All-American. Wyant’s stellar playing career culminated in three Hall of Fame inductions: U. of Central Florida (2010), the Long Island Soccer Player (2013) and the United Soccer League (2004). A USSF, and NSCAA licensed coach, Wyant also currently serves as a Director on the Boards of The Long Island Soccer Players Hall of Fame and The Met Oval Foundation. A native of Miami, FL, Wyant resides in Garden City, NY

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