Longtime women’s soccer coaching legend Patrick Farmer is in his first season as Transylvania women’s soccer interim head coach for the 2018 season.
After completing a successful five-year run as head coach of NCAA Division I Cornell University of the Ivy League in 2016, the Hall-of-Fame coach makes his return to the pitch for Transylvania for the upcoming 2018 fall season following a brief retirement.
Farmer brings to Transylvania over three decades worth of coaching experience across NCAA Division I, Division III and professional women’s soccer levels, 23 years as a head coach.
Farmer constructed a national championship program at Division III Ithaca College from 1987 through 1993, assembling a record of 110-23-23 and leading the Bombers to back-to-back national titles in 1990 and 1991. His arrival at Ithaca in 1987 was marked by an instant impact, leading Ithaca to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.
Farmer followed the 1987 season with back-to-back trips to the NCAA National Semifinals in each of the next two seasons, resulting in Farmer being named the 1989 NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. His monumental tenure at Ithaca was recognized as Farmer was inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Following his tenure at Ithaca, Farmer took over at Division I Penn State University in 1994 when the Nittany Lions were starting a brand new women’s soccer program. Like Ithaca, Penn State enjoyed immediate success under Farmer as it went 14-4-1 in the 1994 season. One season later, Penn State advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and the program won its first Big Ten championship in 1998. 1999 was a season to remember for Farmer and Penn State as the Nittany Lions made an NCAA National Semifinal appearance in 1999 and Farmer was named the NSCAA/Adidas Division I National Coach of the Year.
In 2001, Farmer ascended to the realm of professional women’s soccer, becoming the head coach of the New York Power of the Women’s United Soccer Association. Following a two-year stint with the Power, Farmer served as head coach at Tennessee Tech and Syracuse, and later as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin.
In 23 years as a head coach at Ithaca, Penn State, Tennessee Tech, Syracuse, and Cornell, Farmer has amassed a 286-131-46 coaching record. After his final head coaching stint in 2007, Farmer ranked 13th on the all-time wins list among active NCAA Division I women’s soccer head coaches.
Farmer’s soccer coaching credentials include an NSCAA Premier diploma, a Prelim badge from the England Football Association, and a United States Soccer Federation “A” license.
“I really enjoyed my previous coaching experience in Division III soccer and am looking forward to the opportunity to be involved again,” adds Farmer.
Farmer comes to Transylvania from Old Forge, New York of the Adirondacks region. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Lawrence University, where he began his coaching career as a head coach for the men’s skiing team and an assistant with the men’s soccer team.