STORRS, Conn. (October 25, 2012) - University of Connecticut women's soccer head coach Len Tsantiris recorded his 500th career victory with a 3-1 win over Rutgers on Thursday evening. Tsantiris has compiled a 500-170-50 overall record as a head coach during his 32 years at the helm of the Huskies. He becomes only the second coach in NCAA women's soccer history to reach the illustrious milestone and joins North Carolina's Anson Dorrance in the 500 Club.
The UConn legend registered his first victory as a head coach on September 16, 1981 with Connecticut defeating Plymouth State 2-0. It took Tsantiris only 12 seasons to hit his 200th win defeating New Hampshire 2-0 on October 9, 1993, while he tallied his 400th win in 2004.
With Tsantiris guiding the way, UConn has reached 28 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to eight national semifinals and four NCAA Finals. Under Tsantiris, the Huskies have also captured eight BIG EAST regular season titles and two tournament crowns.
His celebrated success has been consistently recognized as the head coach has been named the NSCAA Division I National Coach of the Year in 1997, earned four Northeast Coach of the Year honors ('83, '87, '95, '96), and two BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolades ('95, '98). Tsantiris, who played for the UConn men's soccer team from 1973-1976, was recently inducted into the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to women's collegiate soccer.
As the architect of the Connecticut women's soccer program, Tsantiris holds the student-athletes who are a member of women's soccer to a high academic standard. The Huskies, who had the highest GPA for all UConn athletic programs in 2011 fall and 2012 spring semesters, have been recognized nationally for their academic accomplishments, including being honored as a National Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team. Additionally, the team was recognized in 2010 by the NCAA for being in the top 10% among women's soccer teams nationally in regards to APR.
UConn's record is now 9-7-2 (5-4-1 BE) and they will play at Marquette on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals.