Stefanie Golan heads into her third season as Army's head women's soccer coach and fifth year on the sideline after spending her first two years as the associate head coach.
The first woman and just second person to head the program, Golan has proven to be a perfect fit for the position. She helped longtime Army mentor Gene Ventriglia architect one of the finest program in the fall of 2008, then led the squad to a record-setting season just two years later in her second season as head coach.
Army posted 14 wins (the most since 1997) in 2010 and set school records for shutouts (16) and fewest goals allowed (six), along with ranking No. 1 nationally in goals-against average, shutout percentage and save percentage.
Though picked seventh in the Patriot League's preseason poll last fall, Army defied the pollsters compiling a 4-0-3 mark to share the regular-season title with Bucknell. The Black Knights won the tie-breaker to host the tournament based on their 2-1 overtime decision over the Bison.
Golan was chosen "Coach of the Year" and two of her players garnered major awards, along with five all-league selections to include three first-team selections.
Freshmen Molly McGuigan and Kim An were selected as Defensive Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively. They also earned first team Mid-Atlantic Regional honors, and Julia Stallard was chosen an All-East Region Scholar (third team) by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Ranked throughout the season among the top 10 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Army listed as high as No. 3. Two players earned Mid-Atlantic first team honors and another was named an All-East Region Scholar.
In 2008, Golan's last year with Ventriglia, the Black Knights captured their second Patriot League Tournament title and first NCAA bid after defeating top-seed and host Navy, 1-0, in double overtime in Annapolis, Md. Army drew No. 16 and host Virginia in the opening round regional match at the NCAA Tournament.
Army held the Cavaliers to a goal in each half before bowing 2-0 in closing out the year 12-6-3. Playing a key role in the Black Knights' success was a freshman class recruited by Golan that listed among the top 150 schools nationally on Soccer Buzz magazine's preseason web site.
A nine-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, Golan joined Army's program January of 2007 and helped the Black Knights to a No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament her first year.
When Ventriglia announced in the spring of 2008 that he would retire at the end of the fall campaign, former Army Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson didn't have to look far to identify the replacement in Golan.
Army posted a 7-10-2 mark Golan's first year (2009) to include a 5-3-1 showing at Clinton Field. Among the senior class was Elizabeth Betterbed, a Rhodes Scholar and two-time first team CoSIDA/ESPN Magazine All-America who graduated No. 1 in the class of 2010.
Golan, a native of St. Louis, Mo., spent the 2006 campaign as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Sue-Moy Chin. The Panthers took No. 25 Louisville into double overtime before bowing 1-0 at the Big East Conference Tournament, closing out the season 8-8-3, their best regular-season finish in school history.
During her time at Pittsburgh, Golan helped to recruit a highly regarded group of athletes to the Panthers' program, a group that included a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) high school All-American, an All-Metropolitan Player of the Year and a second team all-region pick.
Prior to her stay at Pittsburgh, Golan served a two-year stint on the coaching staff at the University of Evansville (2003-04), where she played an integral part in its recruiting efforts. In 2005, many of her recruits led the Purple Aces to their first winning campaign since 2001, along with recording their best non-conference record in the history of the program.
Several of her recruited athletes at Evansville received numerous honors to include a third team Soccer Buzz freshman All-American, a NSCAA/adidas second team all-regional (Great Lakes) pick, along with the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. The squad also garnered a pair of all-conference, all-freshman team and all-tournament team selections.
Golan's first coaching appointment came as a graduate assistant at Mercer University in 2002.
A 2001 graduate of Duke University, Golan (formerly Stefanie Kraay) lettered as a defenseman for the Blue Devils for four years (1997-2001). She was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week in 1998, and to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament team in 2000. The Blue Devils earned bids to the NCAA Tournament three of her four playing years, compiling an overall record of 43-35-5 during her tenure in Durham, N.C.
Golan and her husband, Dave, reside at West Point, N.Y., with their son Travis, born in May 2006.
Her father, Geno Kraay, USAFA '71, lettered in men's soccer at the Air Force Academy and was an All-American goalkeeper in 1969 and a two-time All-Far West Region selection.