May 1, 2012 12:03 am
Soccer Coach Alumnus Leaves After Sixth Season
After six years as both the St. Mary’s women’s head soccer coach and the Athletic Department’s Senior Woman Administrator, Brianne Weaver, ’00, will step down and pursue a head coaching position at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
During her time as head coach, Weaver led the team to three Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Finals in 2006, 2008, and 2011, winning the title in 2008. She was named the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and will leave the team with an overall record of 48-45-13, and 26-15-6 in the CAC.
“It really has been a very positive and rewarding opportunity,” Weaver said, about her time as head coach. “It’s going to be difficult to leave. We formed a lot of great relationships.”
About her decision to take the job at Bowdoin, Weaver commented that it reminds her of and is very similar to St. Mary’s. “It’s beautiful and near the water, and everyone is very collaborative. It’s a place that I think I’ll feel very comfortable, and I’m excited about the opportunity.”
After graduating from St. Mary’s in 2000 with a degree in English, she immediately starting coaching, picking up jobs where she could until the position opened at St. Mary’s in 2006. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to go back and coach at your alma mater,” she said. “In many ways, St. Mary’s has shaped me.”
Under Weaver, the team has also consistently been recognized by the conference. Within six years, she has coached two CAC Players of the Year, two conference Rookies of the Year, three all-region selections, with 15 players earning 28 All-CAC honors. In the last five years, Weaver’s squads have also earned five NSCAA Team Ethics Awards and four NSCAA Team Academic Awards.
Though Weaver has been a very positive influence on the program, she believes the team will succeed without her as well. “They are very well prepared for next season. We are returning many of the same players and now they have another year of experience,” she said.
“I think the world of this team. They’ve taught me a lot, and I believe in their ability to continue to be a strong team without me there,” Weaver added. “I’ll be watching from afar.”
Junior and team co-captain Virginia Williams expressed that Weaver will be sorely missed by her and the team next season. “[Coach Weaver] has put countless hours into this team to make us who we are today and has never given up on us even when times were tough throughout the season,” she said. “Her unchanging faith in us was something that really helped me to be the best leader I could be for the team. We will definitely do our best to move on and continue to grow.”
According to the athletic department website, a national search for Weaver’s replacement will begin in the next few weeks. The website quotes St. Mary’s College of Maryland Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine, who said, “I look forward to beginning the search for our next head women’s soccer coach, because I know this will be a great opportunity for the right person to come in and pick up where Coach Weaver has left things. Having advanced to the CAC Championship game this past season, the team returns a talented group of student-athletes, so there is no doubt this is a great situation someone will be stepping into.”