Yellow Jacket Women's Soccer Program Among the Finest in Division III
BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University women’s soccer team has totaled at least 10 victories in four of the past seven seasons and has qualified for the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament in four of the past six years. The Yellow Jackets also advanced to the OAC Championship Game in 2005 and ended the season with an outstanding 13-5-3 mark.
"Our goal every year is to win the OAC title, advance to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and ultimately win the Division III national title," said eighth-year Head Coach Reid Ayers, who already has the best winning percentage of any women's soccer coach in school history.
"We have continued to build our program with the goals of the OAC and NCAA titles in mind while also making sure that both the academic and athletic experience of our student-athletes is a quality experience," said Ayers.
The Yellow Jacket women's program claimed an OAC title and undefeated OAC record (9-0) in 1992 under the direction of Dan White. White's Yellow Jackets equaled the school-record for wins in 1997 with a 14-5-2 slate.
"Traditionally our women's soccer program has been solid," said Ayers. "Now, we are looking to take it to the next level and are looking for young women who want to make that commitment."
In addition to being solid on the soccer field, Ayers team also excels in the classroom. The Yellow Jackets have earned recognition six consecutive years for Team Academic Achievement and were awarded the Team Ethics Award of Merit by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In 2010, Yellow Jacket seniors Ellie Reinbrecht (Sylvania/Toledo St. Ursula) and senior midfielder Liz Rice (Wooster/Triway) were named Academic All-OAC for the second consecutive year. Freshman midfielder Heather Keller (Parma/ Senior) and freshman defender Elizabeth Helser (Fort Wayne Ind./ Canterbury) were both named second-team All-OAC and junior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/New Albany) was named to the honorable mention squad.
"We are extremely proud of our men's and women's soccer student-athletes and tradition of academic excellence," said Ayers. "It tells parents and young men and women who look at our program that we are seeking excellence in all areas. We hope that is a favorable trait."