John Cullen

John Cullen

One of the most successful coaches in school history, John Cullen led the women’s soccer team to extraordinary heights during his tenure and, as a beloved member of the Athletic Department staff, left an indelible mark on a generation of Bowdoin students. Over 22 seasons as head coach of the Polar Bear women’s soccer program, Cullen accumulated 238 wins against 85 losses and 24 ties, ranking among the top 15 in Division III history in both victories and winning percentage. The team made the postseason each year, winning the NIAC Championship in 1987 as well as back-to-back ECAC crowns in 1992 and ’93. Seventeen players were recognized as All-Americans under Cullen’s leadership and Cullen himself was named New England Coach of the Year in 1989, ’92 and ’95. In 1995, he received his sports’ highest honor when he was recognized as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III National Coach of the Year. Also a coach for the softball team, he helped steer the team to the 1992 NESCAC Championship, and also served as a long-time assistant for the men’s ice hockey program. Following his retirement in 2007, he was recognized with “Coach Emeritus” status by the College.