Patrick Farmer, a soccer coaching legend with enduring championship credentials and a legacy of success, enters his fourth campaign as head coach of the Transylvania women's soccer team for the 2021 season.
Farmer brings to Transylvania over three decades worth of coaching experience across NCAA Division I, Division III and professional women’s soccer levels, and 26 years as a head coach.
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 made his return to the pitch for Transylvania in the fall of 2018 following a brief retirement.
Since arriving to Lexington in 2018, Farmer has replicated the success of his past programs in guiding the rebirth of Transylvania women’s soccer. In his inaugural season at Transy, Farmer oversaw a team which turned in a record of 13-5-2, advancing to the semifinal round of the HCAC Tournament. Despite key losses to his lineup the following season, Farmer furnished four HCAC All-Conference winners with newcomer Meron Roach earning All-HCAC First Team honors.
In his most recent campaign, Farmer deftly guided the Pioneers to a 5-3-1 record in a pandemic-shortened 2020 season contested in the spring of 2021 as Transylvania finished top-3 on the HCAC table. Under Farmer’s tutelage, the Pioneers furnished three All-HCAC First Team awardees and five All-Conference players in total.
Farmer reached his latest career milestone with the Pioneers late in 2018, etching his 300th career head coaching victory in a 5-0 Transylvania win at Bluffton University on October 20, 2018.
With Farmer pioneering the way, his teams have forged new milestones at each of his stops. Regardless of launch point, the veteran head coach has elevated his teams everywhere from the ground level to championship glory with an upward direction serving as the constant trajectory.
Farmer’s first national masterpiece came at Division III Ithaca College in New York from 1987 through 1993 where he constructed a national championship program. During his tenure with the Ithaca, the Bombers assembled a record of 110-23-23 and captured back-to-back national titles in 1990 and 1991. His arrival at Ithaca in 1987 instantly signaled a sign of things to come as he led 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 immortalized further as Farmer was inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Following his tenure at Ithaca, Farmer moved to the ranks of Division I as he took the reins for a brand new women’s soccer program at Penn State University in 1994. 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. The 1999 campaign 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 25 years as a head coach at Ithaca, Penn State, Tennessee Tech, Syracuse, and Cornell, Farmer has amassed a 286-131-46 coaching record. By 2007, Farmer ranked 13th on the all-time wins list among active NCAA Division I women’s soccer head coaches.
Farmer took on a new assignment in 2012 as he entered the Ivy League as the new head coach at Cornell. Again, the Big Red, like all of Farmer’s former programs, marched up through the Ivy League table over his duration at Cornell during his five years at the helm. During Farmer’s tenure, Cornell crested in 2015 with an overall record of 9-4-4, the Big Red’s highest win total in 13 seasons.
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.
His selection as head coach at Transylvania marks a return to the Division III level where his career has come full circle. The Pioneers’ pathway to success has again mirrored the genesis of Farmer’s past teams as Transylvania recorded a record of 13-5-2 in 2018, its highest amount of wins in five years.
“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.
Farmer lives in Lexington.