Whitney Frary named St. Olaf head women's soccer coach

Whitney Frary

St. Olaf College Sports Information

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The St. Olaf College athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Whitney Frary as the seventh head women's soccer coach in program history, as announced by Senior Associate Athletic Director Mike Ludwig on Thursday.

"We are very excited that Whitney will join our staff to lead our women's soccer program," said Ludwig. "She is a wonderful fit for our program. She is driven, has a genuine enthusiasm for the game and is committed to developing student-athletes on and off the field."

Frary comes to St. Olaf after three seasons as an assistant coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. This past fall, Frary helped guide the Brewers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Vassar won at least nine games and qualified for the Liberty League Championship in each of her three seasons.

"I am immensely excited to be named the head coach at St. Olaf," Frary said. "The young women on the team are determined and ready and I am thrilled to work with such a dedicated and talented group. St. Olaf is a high academic and distinguished institution with an amazing community of people that I am eager to begin collaborating with to achieve great things."

At Vassar, Frary assisted head coach Corey Holton with all aspects of the program, including daily practice planning, on-field coaching, individual coaching and player development. She also served as the program's recruiting coordinator, was involved with the program's camps and clinics, created opponent scouting reports, developed fitness programs for the team and analyzed sports performance data throughout the season.

Prior to her time at Vassar, Frary spent two seasons as an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y. As a member of the Red Dragons' coaching staff, she was involved in the daily planning of practices and the development of game strategy, while also scouting opponents and breaking down opponents' film.

Frary was a two-time All-American during her four-year career at William Smith College from 2009-12. The Herons won Liberty League titles in each of her four seasons and advanced to the NCAA Division III national semifinals in 2010 and 2011. A four-year All-Liberty League selection, Frary was named a Second Team All-American by the NSCAA and D3soccer.com in 2011 and a Third Team All-American by both organizations in 2012.

Following graduation, Frary worked as an assistant varsity soccer coach at Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, N.Y. She also has experience coaching club soccer for Hyde Park Soccer Club and LaGrange Soccer Club and was involved with the New York Olympic Development Program in Upstate, N.Y.

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