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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: August 31, 2012
WATERVILLE, Maine ---- Colby College graduate Laura Williamson, one of the great players in women’s soccer program history, is the new head women’s soccer coach at Vassar College.
Williamson, a 2007 graduate of Colby, is a head coach for the first time after spending the past three seasons at Stevens Institute of Technology as an assistant coach. She was assistant women’s soccer coach and an Administrative Fellow for two years at Smith College during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Williamson is Colby’s all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer and was the New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year. She made the All-NESCAC Team all four seasons with the Mules. Williamson still has Colby records for most points in a career (103), most goals in a career (44), most points in a season (35 in 2003), and most goals in a season (14 in 2003). The Mules had a 31-16-10 record in her four seasons.
A captain for both soccer and basketball during her time at Colby, Williamson was an English major and had a minor in education. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and NESCAC All-Academic honors. Williamson also was awarded Colby’s Marjorie D. Bither Award, presented to the senior female athlete who showed outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement, and leadership skills during their collegiate careers.
After earning her master’s degree in exercise and sports studies from Smith in May 2009, Williamson helped turn the Stevens program around. The Ducks went 6-12 in her first year as an assistant, but won the Empire 8 Conference Tournament title in 2010 and 2011. Stevens went unbeaten in conference play during the regular season and the tournament in 2011. The Ducks made the NCAA Division III Tournament the past two years and she was honored with the other coaches as part of the 2011 Empire 8 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
Williamson also has been heavily involved in youth soccer. She has served as head coach of the Brooklyn Patriots Under-18 Team since August 2011. Williamson also has had affiliations with the NYC American Youth Soccer Organization (2009-present), the Western United Soccer Under-13 Club (2008), and the Maine Coastal United Under-16 Team (2007).
Williamson, who earned her National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma in January 2011, brings her new team to Maine to open the 2012 season Saturday at 1 p.m. against the host school in the Husson University Classic.