Michael Coll enters his ninth year as head women's soccer coach in 2022. Named the head coach on March 11, 2014, Coll has guided UNCG to a 69-62-22 overall record, including a 41-23-8 in Southern Conference action, while winning the 2018 and 2017 SoCon Tournament Championships.
The Spartans concluded the fall 2021 season 4-8-6 overall and 3-4-2 in Conference play, including seven shutouts. Sophomore Caroline Woods led the Spartans with four goals and one assist, earning All-Conference second team honors, while freshman Chloe Lausell was tabbed on the All-Freshman Team. Senior Ashley Avelino was recognized on the SoCon All-Tournament Team, following the Spartans' appearance in the SoCon Quarterfinals, falling to No. 3 Western Carolina 1-0 in overtime. UNCG was ranked in the top 50 in three categories: 17th in save percentage (.848), 28th in shot accuracy (0.535), and 33rd in saves per game (6.22). Fifth-year goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper climbed the UNCG and SoCon record books in multiple categories. Among UNCG history, Tyler-Cooper now leads the way in career saves with 360, tied for second in shutouts with 25, fourth in minutes with 6,444:56, and fifth in goals against average with 0.98. She is tied for sixth in SoCon career history in shutouts and tied for 15th in goals against average. Tyler-Cooper was also the fourth women's soccer player in the past five years to sign a contract after the completion of her career in the Blue & Gold. The goalkeeper signed with FC Málaga City Femenino in Spain.
UNCG fell short of the SoCon Tournament in the Spring 2021 season with a 4-5-2 overall record and 4-4-1 Conference mark, tallying five shutouts. Defender and redshirt sophomore Ashley Avelino earned All-Conference second team honors. Avelino, Maddy Gilhool, and Caroline Woods each contributed two goals apiece to lead the team.
The Spartans entered the SoCon Championship Tournament as a No. 3 seed in 2019, finishing with a 7-2-0 record in conference play. UNCG had three players earn All-Conference designations including an All-Freshman selection in Gabi Santora. UNCG went as far as the SoCon semifinals before the team's season ended against No. 2 Furman. The Spartans recorded five clean sheets as a team on the year, including four in conference play alone, tied for the most in the SoCon.
In 2018 Coll led the Spartans to their ninth SoCon Tournament Championship in program history as the second-seeded Spartans defeated fifth-seed Furman 2-1 in the championship game. Midfielder Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir was named the SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player, and defender Emily Jensen and forwards Grace Regal and Cienna Rideout joined Vidarsdottir on the All-SoCon Tournament Team.
UNCG outscored conference opponents 34-8 and possessed the league’s top offense, averaging a SoCon-high 2.38 goals per game and 2.29 assists per game while having a goals against average of 0.99 with eight shutouts on the year.
Rideout was named Southern Conference Player of the Year while forward Nicole Souply was selected Freshman of the Year. Joining Rideout on the first-team were Jensen, Ragney Vidarsdottir and defender Marissa Ferrantino. Goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper and midfielder Grace Kennedy garnered second-team all-conference honors. Defenders Kayla Campbell and Gracie Timbario were also chosen to the all-freshman team, marking the 10th-straight season UNCG has placed a member on the team and the third-straight year the Spartans had multiple recipients.
In 2017 Coll guided UNCG to its first SoCon Tournament Championship since 2010 as the third-seeded Spartans defeated fourth-seeded Western Carolina 1-0 in the championship game. UNCG won six-straight games and outscored opponents 11-1 before falling to No. 1 seed Duke 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Defender Regan Lehman was named the SoCon Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Spartans’ defense to two shutouts and just one goal against in 281:12 minutes of play in tournament action. Jensen, Rideout and Ragney Vidarsdottir joined Lehman on the all-tournament team.
Jensen was named to the All-SoCon First Team while Lehman and Vidarsdottir were named to the second team. Forward/midfielder Kaley Tucker and midfielder Quiqui Hita were chosen for the all-freshman team.
UNCG garnered five All-SoCon selections in 2016, including a fourth-straight all-conference nod for defender Georgia Brown, who was named to the second team. Joining Brown on the second team were Lehman and goalkeeper Chloe Buehler. For the second year in a row the Spartans placed two players on the freshman team in Marissa Ferrantino and Rideout.
2015 saw UNCG earn seven all-conference awards including Caylin Prillaman being named SoCon Freshman of the Year. Chesney White and Brown earned first team honors while Zoe Fishman, Ashley Eddleman and Lehman were picked for the All-SoCon Second Team. In addition to being named SoCon Freshman of the Year, Prillaman was selected for the All-Freshman team with Gabbi Charles.
In 2015, UNCG faced three nationally ranked teams in Kentucky (23), Virginia Tech (10) and defending national champions Florida State (2). The Spartans topped NC State on the road, 2-0, for their first win over an ACC team since defeating Wake Forest in 2012. The Blue and Gold finished the season 9-9-3, garnering a 6-2-1 conference mark to earn the No. 3 seed in the SoCon Tournament.
In Coll's first season, four Spartans made All-Conference honors in White (first team), Brown (second team), Rebecca Burrows (second team) and Buehler (freshman team) during the 2014 season. Academically, six UNCG players were named to the SoCon All-Academic team in Coll's first season.
Coll has over 20 years of Division I soccer coaching experience including previous experience at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Penn State University and Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania.
Coll came to Greensboro from Las Vegas where he spent the previous two years as the head coach at UNLV posting a 22-12-7 overall record. In his first season at the helm of the team, Coll simply guided the Rebels to a school-record 12-4-4 season, as the .700 winning percentage is the highest in UNLV soccer history. The 12 wins accomplished by the squad is also tied for the second-highest in school history, and the four losses were the fewest in a season ever at UNLV. After a slow 1-2-1 start to begin the 2012 season, Coll's coaching began to take effect on the squad, leading to a school-record seven-game win streak, which started with one of the highlight victories of the year, a double-overtime victory over Oklahoma. The streak also led into a nine-game unbeaten streak, also a UNLV record, which was only snapped in a one-goal loss to nationally 7th ranked San Diego State. The Rebels would reach the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament for the third straight year before falling to San Diego State on its home field. At the end of the 2012 season a school-record three Rebels were named all west region, while four players earned first team All-Mountain West conference honors, also a program best.
During his second season at UNLV (2013) Coll helped lead UNLV to its second-straight 10-win season, despite starting between 5 and 7 freshmen in most games.
Prior to Las Vegas, Coll spent the previous eight years at Penn State, where he was an assistant coach for the women's soccer program. During his tenure on the Nittany Lions' staff, he helped guide the squad to five appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16, as well as a trip to the national semifinals in 2005. Penn State claimed eight straight Big Ten championship titles during Coll's tenure in Happy Valley.
While at Penn State, Coll was the recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions, as well as handling other aspects of the team, including individual and team training, scouting and game preparation, video analysis, alumni relations, and running the camp and clinic programs for PSU. Coll served under head coach Erica Walsh for the past five years at Penn State, and took on added responsibilities during the past few years when Walsh was named as assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 2008.
Prior to joining the PSU staff, Coll was the head coach for the women's soccer program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., during the 2001-03 seasons. Coll began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men's program at Penn State, where he was on the staff from 1997-2000.
A four-year starter for Penn State, Coll was a two-time all-Big Ten conference selection and an All-American for the Nittany Lions. A native of Derry, Ireland, he represented his country at the World University Games in 1993 (USA), 1995 (Japan) and in 1997 (Italy).
Coll received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport science from Penn State and a master's degree in Education/Leadership from Saint Francis University. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) premier diploma, advanced national and national diplomas from the NSCAA, and an Irish Football Associate "C" License.
Coll and his wife, Katie, were married in 2010 and currently reside in Greensboro.
What they're saying about Michael Coll:
'I'm thrilled for Michael and Katie and believe his coaching and teaching philosophy are a great fit for the UNCG athletic department. He is extremely hard working and the players genuinely enjoy playing for him. As a student of the game, he is always working to improve as a coach and is one of the best motivators I have had the good fortune to work with in my career." – Erica Walsh, Penn State women's soccer head coach
"In my twenty years of collegiate coaching, I have not worked with a better coach or person. Michael has a true passion and knowledge for the game of soccer, but more importantly he is a great mentor and leader. I am truly excited for Michael and the UNCG women's soccer program." – Paula Wilkins, Wisconsin women's soccer head coach.