Head Coach Janet Rayfield led Illinois to a 13-5-1 overall finish in 2010, including an 8-1-0 record at Illinois Soccer Stadium.
Dec. 9, 2010
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield the 2010 NSCAA/Mondo Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year on Thursday. Rayfield led the Orange and Blue to a 13-5-1 overall record and 6-3-1 mark against Big Ten competition in her ninth season as head coach.
"I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition from my peers and know it is a reflection of the hard work of all the Illini players and staff over the years," Rayfield said. "I am grateful for each and every one of those people and for the staff and members of the NSCAA who support our sport and our profession."
In 2010, under Rayfield's tutelage, the Fighting Illini improved in nearly every statistical category over their 2009 numbers. The offense produced more points, goals, shots and corner kicks while the defense held opponents to fewer goals and a lower shots percentage on fewer total and on-target attempts, all while being flagged for the fewest fouls in program history.
Rayfield has guided the Illini to 113 victories and seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2004 Elite Eight, since being named the program's head coach before the 2002 season. Rayfield also led Illinois to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in 2006 and 2008 and won the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2003.
By receiving this award, Rayfield joins the ballot for the NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year, with the winners announced at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 14.