Entering her 20th season at the helm of the Boston University women's soccer team, head coach Nancy Feldman has transformed the program from club-level to a team that is consistently competing against the nation's top squads. BU dominated the America East, having won nine conference titles to establish itself as one of the Northeast region's elite programs, prior to BU's move to the Patriot League before the 2013 season.
In her first season coaching in the Patriot League, Feldman was honored as Coach of the Year after guiding the Terriers to an 8-1-0 mark in conference play and a share of the regular-season title. BU went on to capture its first Patriot League Championship with a 1-0 win over top-seeded Navy and advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in program history. Feldman was named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year after guiding the Terriers to a 15-4-4 record and the No. 25 final regular-season ranking by the NSCAA.
Feldman guided her 2012 squad to a 12-6-1 overall record and a perfect 8-0-0 mark in conference play to claim the Terriers' sixth straight America East regular season title. She earned her ninth America East Coach of the Year honor while fielding the conference's Defender of the Year (Jessica Morrow) and Midfielder of the Year (Emma Clark). Morrow also became the eighth Terrier to earn All-America honors, as she was named to the Third Team.
In 2011, Feldman led the Terriers to their best season in program history with a 19-3-1 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament after claiming their fifth straight America East title. BU embarked on a program-best 14 game winning streak en route to securing the most victories in a single season (19). The Terriers swept the four major America East awards including Striker of the Year (Jessica Luscinski), Defender of the Year (Lina Cords), Midfielder of the Year (Brittany Heist) and Rookie of the Year (Taylor Krebs).
For the first time in program history, Feldman also coached two players to NSCAA All-America honors in 2011, as Jessica Luscinski and Lina Cords were both named to the third team.
Overall, Feldman has led the Terriers to 11 appearances in the NCAA tournament, nine America East Championships and one Patriot League crown. Feldman and her assistants were named America East Coaching Staff of the Year on nine occasions (1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012).
The Terriers have secured double-digit wins in all but one of Feldman's previous 19 seasons at the helm. BU has also had enormous success in conference games with five perfect seasons in America East Play and a 126-19-8 overall league record. Feldman has coach 104 All-Conference selections and 25 All-Rookie honorees in addition to eight Defenders of the Year, seven Midfielders of the Year, four Goalkeepers of the Year, five Rookies of the Year, three Strikers of the Year and three Offensive Players of the Year.
Hired in March 1995 as the school's first women's soccer coach, Feldman inherited a Terrier team that had recently been raised to varsity status. Since then, she has guided it to a 251-111-34 record. The Terriers have advanced to the NCAAs 11 times under Feldman and have moved on to the second round on four occasions. In 2006, they earned their first at-large bid to the NCAAs after compiling a 13-4-2 regular-season mark. During the regular season, BU had arguably its biggest win in program history when it defeated then-No. 3 Santa Clara.
The 2008 season brought along more triumphs as the Terriers once again finished the campaign at the top of the league. They were perfect against league foes, and they cruised through the conference tourney to claim their sixth league crown and qualify for the NCAAs for the fourth straight year. Meeting up with then-defending national champion USC in the NCAAs, BU made a valiant effort but fell, 2-0, as its impressive season came to a close.
In addition to the team's success, a number of Terriers have received individual recognition under Feldman's guidance. Deidre Enos, the Terriers' all-time leader in goals and points became the first BU women's soccer player to earn All-America honors (2000) and she was voted the University's Female Athlete of the Year. Enos went on to spend a year with the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, becoming the first AE player to play in the professional league. In 2008, she was inducted into the BU Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2003, Melissa Shulman led the Terriers to the league championship and earned NSCAA All-America honors. A year later, Brittany McDonald was named the AE Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, while Brooke Bingham was voted the Midfielder of the Year. In 2005, Meghann Cook was named the America East Striker of the Year, as well as second-team All-America, and nine Terrier players earned all-conference status.
In 1997, Feldman was named the NEWISA Division I Coach of the Year, and in 2001, was voted the NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. At the end of the 2008-09 academic year, Feldman received an Honorary Scarlet Key, which acknowledges a faculty or staff member who has made a positive influence on student life and it is one of BU's highest academic honors.
Prior to arriving at Boston University, she was the head coach at Plymouth State for five years. Her teams twice won the New England Regional Championship, and compiled an overall record of 75-9-7. Feldman was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1993, and received the NEWISA/Brine Service Award in 1993.
In addition to her soccer responsibilities at Plymouth, Feldman was also the senior women's administrator and the women's basketball coach. She was responsible for helping oversee budget and scheduling for 17 sports. On the basketball court, her teams were 68-44 and in 1990 and 1991 she was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year. During her final year at PSC, Feldman guided the soccer team to a 15-1-2 mark and the basketball team to a 21-7 mark, as each team qualified for the NCAA tournament. Feldman's first head-coaching position was at Lake Forest College in Illinois. She directed the program to a two-year mark of 17-10-1 and the MACW Championship during the 1989 season. She began her coaching career in 1986 at Smith College, where she served as an assistant.
The following year she moved to UMass where, as a graduate assistant coach, she helped lead the team to the NCAA Division I championship game. Feldman's stature in the coaching profession is evidenced by the leadership roles she holds on several important national committees. She has served as the National Chairperson of the NSCAA All-America Committee (`89-95), and with the NCAA Regional Selection Committee (`92-95). She is the holder of an USSF "B" License, and has received her Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA. Currently, Feldman is a coach in the Region I ODP and is on the staff for the NSCAA National Coaching Academy.
A native of Needham, Mass., Feldman received her bachelor's degree in public health from UMass (`83) and her master's in exercise and sport studies from Smith College (`88).