Head Coach Jen Hughes
Jen Hughes enters her second year as the head coach of the Amherst women's soccer program after spending three years as the interim head coach. Hughes burst onto the scene in her 2004 inaugural campaign, leading Amherst to a 9-2-4 (6-0-3 NESCAC) record and the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Hughes blew her nine-win mark out of the water in 2006, leading Amherst to a 15-2-2 record (7-0-1 NESCAC) and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The Jeffs advanced to the national quarterfinals, finishing the season ranked 7th in the nation with the lowest goals-against average in the NESCAC (0.51).
A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, Hughes spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater before earning masters degrees in both business administration and sport management at UMass Amherst. In addition to working countless camps and clinics and assisting at Colgate, Hughes is a former head coach of the Syracuse (NY) Blitz Avalanche under-14 team.
Hughes was one of the best women's soccer players in Colgate history, leading the Division I Red Raiders to three consecutive Patriot League Championships and a trio of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) titles, earning NCAA Division I Soccer Buzz All-America, NSCAA Regional All-America, First Team All-Patriot League, ECAC Tournament MVP, Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Patriot League Tournament MVP, Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Colgate Team MVP honors as a senior co-captain. She capped her collegiate playing career as a four-time First Team All-Patriot League, three-time NSCAA Regional All-America and two-time First Team All-Northeast Region selection, and graduated as Colgate's all-time leader in goals (40), assists (26) and points (106). Hughes was a 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and a winner of the ECAC Merit Medal for excellence in academics and athletics, and was one of 32 players chosen for the 1997 Umbro-Select Senior All-Star Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Following her senior season, Hughes was selected to play on the Region 1 team at the 1998 U.S. National Soccer Festival and earned a spot on the W-League team for the New York Magic of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). Hughes went on to play professionally for Tyreso FF of the Damallsvenskan Futbol League in Stockholm, Sweden, and was one of 250 players worldwide invited to the inaugural Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) combine and player draft. Hughes is one of only two players in Colgate women's soccer history to have her jersey number retired.