Petrucelli Helms Women’s Soccer

Chris Petrucelli, head women’s soccer coach

Two-time National Coach of the Year and 1995 NCAA Championship coach Chris Petrucelli has been named SMU’s head women’s soccer coach. In 22 years as a head coach, Petrucelli has compiled a 340-110-36 record. His career win total and winning percentage (.737) rank eighth among active Division I coaches.

The six-time conference coach of the year comes to the Hilltop after spending the past 13 seasons as head coach of the University of Texas women’s soccer program, where he compiled a 165-88-26 mark and signed some of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Under his guidance, Texas captured back-to-back Big 12 postseason titles (2006-07) and the program’s first Big 12 regular season title in 2001. He guided the Longhorns to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-08, 2010-11), and was lauded as the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2006.

Before joining UT, Petrucelli developed the Notre Dame women’s soccer program into one of the nation’s best from 1990-98. He was honored by the NSCAA as the National Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995 en route to becoming the only collegiate coach to win the award in consecutive years. During his tenure with Notre Dame, he led the Irish to the 1995 NCAA National Championship, three National Championship title matches (1994-96) and six NCAA Tournament appearances.

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