After 14 seasons as the women’s soccer coach at LIU Brooklyn, Tracey Bartholomew is out with Jim Robbins replacing her, athletic director John Suarez announced on Wednesday.
“We are excited to have Jim join us,” Suarez said in a statement. “I am confident that he will continue the proud academic and athletic excellence of our women’s soccer program.”
Robbins has been the women’s soccer head coach at LaGrange College in George for the last five seasons where he led the team to the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament in 2011 and knocked off the nine-time champion Maryville in the process. He was named the GSAC Coach of the Y ear in 2010.
Before LaGrange, Robbins was the women’s soccer head coach at Oxford College of Emory University in Georgia, a team that peaked at No. 6 nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was also an assistant coach for the Rider University men’s soccer team for three seasons before that and currently serves as a national staff coach for the U.S. Soccer team in Region III.
“I want to thank John, senior woman administrator Margaret Alaimo, the search committee, and the current student-athletes for the opportunity to come to LIU Brooklyn and lead the women’s soccer program,” Robbins said in a statement. “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen from such a strong pool of candidates.”
“The women’s soccer program at LIU Brooklyn has a rich history of success, both on the field and in the classroom,” Robbins continued. “My vision and goal is to build on that success and continue to attract student-athltetes to LIU Brooklyn who will excel in the classroom, be positive members of the greater campus community, and help this program earn a place in the NCAA Tournament on an annual basis.”
The Blackbirds are coming off a season where they were defeated in the Northeast Conference finals by St. Francis University after they finished the season with a 8-11-1 overall record and a 5-3-0 conference record. They have reached the NEC tournament final in the last four seasons and qualified for the NCAA tournament twice during that time.