April 18, 2012

Weaver Steps down as St. Mary's Women's Soccer Coach

St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine announced Wednesday morning that sixth-year head women's soccer coach Brianne Weaver '00 would be leaving her post at St. Mary's to pursue a similar position at NCAA Division III Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Weaver led St. Mary's to three Capital Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship Tournament finals in 2006, 2008, and 2011 in six seasons at the helm of the Seahawk women's soccer program, collecting the school's first-ever CAC championship crown in 2008 and earning CAC Coach of the Year honors that same year.

Weaver also served as the department's Senior Woman Administrator and as the liaison between athletics and the Office of Advancement.  She spearheaded the formation of the Seahawk Alliance, the department's booster organization, and was the athletic representative at the newly formed Staff Senate.

Devine stated, "I know I speak for our entire staff, the women's soccer program, and for so many at the College when I say that Bri is going to be sorely missed.  She has been an outstanding coach, a talented administrator, a great role model for our student-athletes, and a true pleasure to work with.  This is definitely a case of Bowdoin's gain is our loss."

In 2008, Weaver was named the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after helping the Seahawks achieve their first-ever NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Tournament berth.

"It has been a privilege to coach the women's soccer team at my alma mater for the past six years.  I would like to thank Scott Devine for granting me the opportunity to lead and learn from such an exemplary group of young women, and for his constant support and mentoring," expressed Weaver.  "I have been fortunate to work with outstanding colleagues and dedicated student-athletes who make it a true joy to come to work each day."

Coach Brianne Weaver She mentored three all-region selections, two CAC Players of the Year, two conference Rookies of the Year, and 15 Seahawks to 28 All-CAC awards, including 13 first-team honors.  Weaver's squads have also been positive stewards of the game on and off the field, receiving five NSCAA Team Ethics Awards (two Gold and three Silver) over the last five seasons and four NSCAA Team Academic Awards.  St. Mary's posted a six-year record of 48-45-13 (26-15-6 CAC).

She graduated from St. Mary's in 2000 with a B.A. in English.  At St. Mary's, Weaver played both soccer and lacrosse for the Seahawks after transferring in from Division I Davidson College, where she played soccer for two years.

"I am happy for Bri and her family as she accepts this new challenge, and I wish them the very best of luck with their move and transition to life in Maine," added Devine.

A national search for Weaver's replacement will begin in the coming weeks.

"I look forward to beginning the search for our next head women's soccer coach, because I know this will be a great opportunity for the right person to come in and pick up where Coach Weaver has left things.  Having advanced to the CAC Championship game this past season, the team returns a talented group of student-athletes, so there is no doubt this is a great situation someone will be stepping into."