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Chris Petrucelli
Chris Petrucelli

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
25th/Third at SMU

College:
UNC-Greensboro '84


06/06/2014

Join The Fun As SMU Hosts 2014 Summer Camps

05/08/2014

Mustangs Announce 2014 Season Schedule

SMU To Host 10 Opponents At Westcott Field

04/01/2014

Mustangs Announce 2014 Signing Class

SMU Adds Eight Incoming Freshmen For 2014

08/27/2013

Mustangs Set To Host Colorado State on Friday, No. 11 Baylor On Sunday

SMU Currently Riding Eight-Game Home Unbeaten Streak

08/23/2013

Petrucelli Earns 350th Career Win In Dominating 6-1 Win Over ULM

SMU Gets Goals From Five Different Players

Two-time National Coach of the Year and 1995 NCAA Championship Coach Chris Petrucelli is entering his third season as SMU Head Women's Soccer Coach (2014). A veteran of 20-plus years as a head coach, Petrucelli was named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year in both 1994 and 1995 and was lauded as the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. In 23 years as a head coach, Petrucelli has compiled a 364-139-41 (.707) record. As of August 2014, Petrucelli ranks 16th all-time in victories as a head coach.

In his second season on the Hilltop (2013), SMU won nine games and had two players earn All-American Athletic Conference recognition. He also won his 350th career game as a Division I head coach in SMU's 6-1 victory over ULM on Aug. 23, 2013. In his first season at SMU, Petrucelli led the Mustangs to an undefeated record at home (5-0-2) and four Mustangs took all-conference honors.

The six-time conference coach of the year came to the Hilltop after spending the last 13 seasons as head coach of the Texas women's soccer program where he compiled a 165-88-26 mark and signed some of the nation's top recruiting classes. Under his tutelage, Texas captured back-to-back Big 12 postseason titles (2006-07) and the program's first Big 12 regular season title in 2001. He guided the Longhorns to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-08, 2010-11), including runs to the third round (round of 16) in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

"I'm excited to be a part of such a fine university," said Petrucelli. "SMU's Athletic Department has shown a great commitment to soccer over a long period of time and I know SMU will be a great place for me and my family."

Petrucelli joins Larry Brown, Steve Collins, Josh Gregory, June Jones and Jim Stillson as former national coaches of the year on the Hilltop.

Prior to heading to UT, Petrucelli constructed the Notre Dame women's soccer program into one of the nation's best. He guided the Fighting Irish for nine years (1990-98) and was honored by the NSCAA as the National Coach of the Year in both 1994 and 1995 en route to becoming the only collegiate coach to win the award in consecutive years. During his tenure with Notre Dame, he led the Irish to the 1995 NCAA National Championship, three National Championship title matches (1994-96) and six NCAA Tournament appearances. This included four consecutive national semifinal berths from 1994-97, and eight-straight conference championships. Prior to being honored as the 1996 Big East Coach of the Year and leading the Irish to Big East crowns during each of his four seasons in the conference, Petrucelli was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) Coach of the Year in each of Notre Dame's four years within that league, as he guided the Irish to MCC titles every year and never lost a league match.

A standout teacher of the game, Petrucelli has not only produced championship-caliber teams, but has also developed some of the nation's top soccer talent as well. He has coached one NSCAA National Player of the Year as well as players who have earned 30 NSCAA All-America honors, 69 All-Region accolades, seven conference Player of the Year awards, eight Conference Rookies of the Year honors and over 100 All-Conference decorations.

Besides working with his programs, Petrucelli has served as chair of the NCAA Division I Soccer Rules Committee; been active in the NSCAA; served as a member of NSCAA Coaching Academy staff while sponsoring workshops for other coaches at the convention; and has been a member of the United States Soccer Federation Region I Olympic Development Program staff for boys as well as the Region II staff for girls. In addition, Petrucelli was also the head coach for the United States Olympic Festival in both 1994 and 1995, served as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team during the summers of 2003 and 2004, and has worked as the Under-16 girls Region II ODP head coach. Of note, he led the Under-21 National Team to back-to-back Nordic Cup titles in 2003 and 2004.

During his playing career, Petrucelli helped UNC-Greensboro capture a pair of NCAA Division III titles in 1982 and 1983 and was named the team's captain as a senior. After earning his degree in business administration in 1984, he spent a year as a graduate assistant at Old Dominion where he then became one of ODU's full-time assistant coaches in 1986.

A native of Orange, N.J., Petrucelli and his wife, Eve, are the parents of daughter Gabrielle and sons Nicholas and Andrew.

Coaching Highlights

· NSCAA National Coach of the Year - 1994, 1995
· NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year - 2002, 2006
· Conference Coach of the Year - 1991-94, 1996, 2001
· U.S. U-21 National Coach - 2003, 2004
· National Titles - 1995 (Notre Dame)
· Conference Titles - MCC (4), Big East (4), Big 12 (2)
· NCAA Tournament Appearances (16) - 1993-98, 2001-08, 2010-11
· Ranks No. 8 in victories among active Division I women's soccer coaches (340)
· Ranks No. 8 in winning percentage among active Division I women's soccer coaches (.737)
· Hermann Trophy winner (1) - Cindy Daws ('96)
· Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year (1) - Cindy Daws ('96)
· NSCAA National Player of the Year (1) - Jen Renola ('96)
· NSCAA All-Americans (16 receiving/30 honors); Texas (5/7), Notre Dame (11/23)
· NSCAA All-Region Players (26 receiving/69 honors); Texas (12/37), Notre Dame (14/32)
· All-Conference Players (47 receiving /103 honors); Texas (25/46), Notre Dame (22/57)
· Conference Players of the Year - Texas (1), Notre Dame (6)
· Conference Rookies of the Year - Texas (3), Notre Dame (5)

Overall Record Conference Record
Year Wins Losses Draws Win% NCAA Result Final Rank Wins Losses Draws Win% Place
1990 16 3 1 0.825 MCC
1991 15 2 3 0.825 16 2 0 1 0.833 1st MCC
1992 13 5 1 0.711 15 5 0 0 1.000 1st MCC
1993 19 3 0 0.864 First Round 3 6 0 0 1.000 1st MCC
1994 23 1 1 0.940 NCAA Runner-up 1 6 0 0 1.000 1st MCC
1995 21 2 2 0.880 NCAA Champion 4 7 1 0 0.875 2nd Big East
1996 24 2 0 0.923 NCAA Runner-up 1 9 0 0 1.000 1st Big East
1997 23 1 1 0.920 Final Four 2 11 0 0 1.000 1st Big East
1998 21 3 1 0.860 Third Round 5 9 1 1 0.864 2nd Big East
1999 8 9 2 0.474 4 4 2 0.500 5th Big 12
2000 12 7 0 0.632 7 3 0 0.700 3rd Big 12
2001 14 6 0 0.700 First Round 9 1 0 0.900 1st Big 12
2002 15 5 1 0.738 First Round 14 9 1 0 0.900 2nd Big 12
2003 12 9 0 0.571 First Round 7 3 0 0.700 2nd Big 12
2004 15 7 2 0.667 Third Round 16 6 3 1 0.650 T-3rd Big 12
2005 11 9 1 0.548 First Round 6 4 0 0.600 6th Big 12
2006 18 4 3 0.780 Second Round 8 8 1 1 0.850 T-2nd Big 12
2007 16 4 5 0.740 Third Round 11 6 2 2 0.700 2nd Big 12
2008 13 4 4 0.714 Second Round 18 5 2 3 0.650 6th Big 12
2009 9 9 3 0.500 4 3 3 0.550 6th Big 12
2010 11 6 4 0.619 First Round 4 3 3 0.550 5th Big 12
2011 11 9 1 0.548 First Round 3 4 1 0.438 T-4th Big 12
2012 9 8 4 0.524 4 3 4 0.545 7th C-USA
2013 9 9 1 0.500 3 5 1 0.389 8th AAC
2014 6 12 0 0.333 2 6 0 .250 AAC
Total Games 544 215
Totals 364 138 41 0.708 142 49 23 0.717
Notre Dame Totals
Years
1990-98 Wins Losses Draws Win%
175 22 10 0.870
Texas Totals
Years
1999-2011 Wins Losses Draws Win%
165 88 26 0.638
SMU Totals
Years
2012- Wins Losses Draws Win%
24 29 5 0.457
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