Lexington, Ky. – Women's soccer coaching icon Patrick Farmer has joined the Transylvania women's soccer coaching staff as assistant coach, head coach Luis Reis announced today.
"Patrick brings incredible knowledge, experience, and success from the NCAA Division III, Division I, and professional level to our staff," stated Reis of Farmer's hire. "His work rate is unmatched and he is very diligent in his recruiting efforts."
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.
"I have known Coach Reis for some time and have great respect for the excellent program he put together at his former school," commented Farmer. "I am certain that he will bring the same sense of committed and competitive program to Transy women's soccer and the players will be well-supported and developed in his program. I'm excited to be part of that transition and development."
Farmer brings 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. Following his tenure at Ithaca, Farmer took over at Division I Penn State University, culminating in a Big Ten championship in 1998 and an NCAA National Semifinal appearance in 1999. Farmer was named the NSCAA/Adidas Division I National Coach of the Year in 1999.
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.
"I have known Patrick since 1999 when I came on board as a new Region 1 O.D.P. staff coach and worked with him for the first time," stated Reis. "When I called him to present the idea to him, I thought it was a long shot but am thrilled that he decided to come out of retirement to join our staff. He is someone that I can trust, who is loyal, and is a very humble person."
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," added Farmer. "I'd also like to express my thanks to Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life, Dr. Holly Sheilley and Parviz Zartoshty who communicated the sense of support, family, and commitment that reinforced my feelings regarding to a return to coaching in Division III."
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