Head Coach Jen Hughes
In her first 10 years as head coach of the women's soccer team, Jen Hughes has helped Amherst maintain its status as one of the best programs in Division III. The Jeffs have posted an impressive 115-34-24 (.734) record in that time, notably making five appearances in the NESCAC title game and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals on three occasions.
Hughes has led Amherst to several outstanding seasons, but the 2011 campaign was one of the best in program history. The Jeffs set several team records while winning their first 20 games, notably claiming the NESCAC title before cruising through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament. Amherst would finish its incredible season at 20-1 after falling to eventual champion Messiah in the quarterfinals, with Hughes getting recognized as the NESCAC and NSCAA New England Coach of the Year.
A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, Hughes spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater before earning master's degrees in both business administration and sport management at UMass Amherst. She 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 earning countless individual honors. Graduating 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.
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). She 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.
Jen Hughes' Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (11th season, 115-34-24 overall)