April 18, 2012

Brianne Weaver Named Head Coach of Bowdoin Women's Soccer Program

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Director of Athletics Jeff Ward has announced the hiring of Brianne Weaver as the new head coach of the Bowdoin College women's soccer program.

Weaver comes to Bowdoin from St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she graduated in 2000 and held the head coaching position for the last six seasons.

"It is an honor to be selected as the next women's soccer coach at Bowdoin," said Weaver. "The opportunity to contribute to the educational experience of Bowdoin's student-athletes is a great privilege, and I look forward to serving as a mentor to these accomplished young women as we strive for excellence on and off of the field. My family and I are excited about joining the Bowdoin community."

Weaver led St. Mary's to three Capital Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship Tournament finals (2006, 2008, and 2011) in six seasons at the helm of the Seahawks, collecting the school's first-ever CAC championship crown in 2008 and earning CAC Coach of the Year honors that same year.

In 2008, Weaver was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after helping the Seahawks achieve their first-ever NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Tournament berth.

She mentored three all-region selections, two CAC Players of the Year, two conference Rookies of the Year, and 15 Seahawks to 28 All-CAC awards, including 13 first-team honors.  Weaver's squads have also been positive stewards of the game on and off the field, receiving five NSCAA Team Ethics Awards (two Gold and three Silver) over the last five seasons and four NSCAA Team Academic Awards.  St. Mary's posted a six-year record of 48-45-13 (26-15-6 CAC).

Weaver also served as the department's Senior Woman Administrator and as the liaison between athletics and the Office of Advancement.  She spearheaded the formation of the Seahawk Alliance, the department's booster organization, and was the athletic representative at the newly formed Staff Senate.

Weaver assumes the post formerly held by Maren Rojas, who stepped down in February. The Polar Bears posted a 6-6-3 record last fall, with five of their six setbacks coming by a single goal.

"We are thrilled to have Brianne joining our community," said Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "The pool of candidates was outstanding, but when we met Bri in person it was clear that she's a great coach for Bowdoin.  She's bright, charming and a student of soccer."

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