(March 2, 2016) - Former Breakers goalkeeper, and current goakpeer coach, Ashley Phillips has been named the fourth head coach in the program's history, as announced Wednesday by director of athletics and recreation Peter Roby.
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(March 2, 2016) - Ashley Phillips, former associate head coach and interim head coach of the Northeastern women's soccer team, has been named the fourth head coach in the program's history, as announced Wednesday by director of athletics and recreation Peter Roby.
"I am very pleased to name Ashley the next head coach of our women's soccer program," Roby said. "After conducting a national search, we realized that the best candidate was in our own backyard. Ashley has been an integral part of our success for the past six years and has been involved in every aspect of the program. Furthermore, she has shown a dedication to the well-being and growth of our student-athletes throughout her career, and I look forward to seeing where she takes our women's soccer program in the years to come."
"I am extremely grateful to Northeastern Athletics for this extraordinary opportunity," Phillips said. "I am especially thankful to Peter Roby, George Gardner and the entire hiring committee for their continued support of the women's soccer program and for having confidence and belief in my personal and professional development. Lastly, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Tracey Leone, who has been the most amazing mentor and friend. I cannot thank her enough for her guidance throughout my career. I am looking forward to continuing my time with these outstanding student-athletes and I am very excited about the future of Northeastern women's soccer."
Phillips came to Northeastern in 2010 as an assistant coach, before being promoted to associate head coach in 2015, and interim head coach in February 2016. During her time at Northeastern, Phillips has been heavily involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, training, scouting, conditioning and goalkeeper development.
As an assistant coach with the Huskies, Phillips helped the program to back-to-back CAA championships in 2013-14, including a run to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2014. Under Phillips' guidance, goalkeeper Paige Burnett posted the greatest statistical season in program history in 2014, keeping 16 clean-sheets while registering a 0.38 goals against average.
Since December 2013, Phillips has also been an assistant/goalkeeper coach with the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Phillips also played professionally for the Breakers in 2009-10, and previously competed with the Boston Aztec (WPSL), the Boston Renegades (USL W-League) and the Atlanta Silverbacks (USL W-League). During her spell with Atlanta in 2008, Phillips went undefeated as the team's starting keeper and recorded five clean-sheets in six games.
Prior to her time at Northeastern, Phillips was a four-year starter and All-American goalkeeper at Clemson (2004-07), where she graduated as the program's all-time leader in saves with 326. Phillips was a three-time All-ACC selection and a three-time All-Southeast Region pick, and helped lead the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in 2006. Phillips completed her illustrious career with a 1.09 goals against average and 22 shutouts before graduating from Clemson with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 2008.
A native of Peabody, Massachusetts, Phillips also played in the U.S. Women's National Team system at the U-16, U-17, U-19, U-21 and U-23 levels.
Phillips' appointment to head coach of the Northeastern women's soccer program comes after former head coach Tracey Leone stepped down in January following the hiring of her husband, Ray Leone, as the head coach of the University of Maryland women's soccer team.
What they're saying about Ashley Phillips:
"I am delighted for Ashley; I believe this is a deserved opportunity for her and one in which she will excel. As a professional coach, she has been a key member of our Boston Breakers staff. Her dedication to the game and her players is at a high level, and I think Ashley is the perfect choice to carry on the good work that Tracey Leone did with the program. Everyone at the Boston Breakers is excited for Ashley and wishes her well." – Lee Billiard, General Manager, Boston Breakers
"I am so happy for Ashley and for Northeastern. She has been an integral part in building this program to where it is today, and she is more than ready for this opportunity. She knows the program backwards and forwards and has gained great experience both at Northeastern and with the Breakers. She is a fantastic coach, and she knows and loves Northeastern. I know she will have great success as the program's next head coach." – Tracey Leone, former Northeastern women's soccer head coach
"I could not be happier for the Northeastern women's soccer program with the hiring of Ashley Phillips. Having worked alongside Ashley for the past two seasons, I have seen firsthand her infectious enthusiasm, knowledge, and deep desire for players to succeed both on and off the field. Ashley brings a wealth of insight from the collegiate and professional levels having been both a player and a coach. I wish her and the team continued success in the years to come." – Kia McNeill, Brown University women's soccer head coach