Transylvania University

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Patrick Farmer

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.

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Ashley Reinecke

Ashley Reinecke is in her first year as an assistant coach with the Transylvania women’s soccer team for the 2019 season.


“I’m really pleased to have Ashley join our Transy women’s soccer staff,” says Transylvania women's soccer head coach Patrick Farmer. “Ashley brings great energy, playing experience, and knowledge, and I believe she will have a major impact on our program, both on and off the field.”


Reinecke brings a transcontinental coaching resume spanning multiple college and youth programs to Transylvania, where she joins a team coming off of a 13-5-2 season in 2018.


A native of Toms River, New Jersey, Reinecke comes north to Lexington after serving as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, where she was part of a staff which led the Lakers to three winning seasons and two postseason appearances during her three-year tenure.


Along with her position at Clayton State which elapsed from 2014 through 2017, Reinecke has held leadership and coaching roles in the Triumph Youth Soccer Association of Tucker, Georgia where she served as an Academy Coach and Club Administrator. Having worked in the organization since 2014, Reinecke earned the Georgia Soccer Select Coach of the Year Award in 2016.


Prior to her arrival in the Peach State, Reinecke cultivated her coaching career overseas. While playing professionally for five years for the Keynsham Town Ladies Football Club in Bristol, England, Reinecke served as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Bath under the tutelage of UEFA B Coach Louise Hutton from 2011 through the spring of 2013. During this timeline, Reinecke also was a youth coach with the Keynsham Town Football Club.


Reinecke’s coaching and playing endeavors in England followed a playing career domestically from 2010 through 2012, during which she played for the New Jersey Wildcats of the United Soccer League’s W-League.


A 2008 graduate of Division I Seton Hall University in Orange, New Jersey, Reinecke started as a midfielder for the Pirates and holds a master’s degree in Brand Design and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.


Reinecke holds a USSF E Coaching License.

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