Diane Drake Hired as Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Posted: March 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Diane Drake
Diane Drake
courtesy Georgetown Sports Information

Diane Drake, Georgetown University’s winningest women’s soccer coach, has been hired to lead the Patriots. “Diane has done a terrific job at Georgetown in her five seasons, taking that program to the next level,” says Tom O’Connor, assistant vice president and director of Athletics. “We are excited about landing someone of her impeccable credentials, including her experience as a player at the collegiate and professional level and her coaching resume.”

At Georgetown, Drake won one Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship, took the Hoyas to two Big East Championships, and posted back-to-back 11-win seasons. Her overall record is 45-44-6 at the Hoyas’helm.

“This is an exciting opportunity to coach at a quality institution rich in history of women’s soccer,” says Drake. “George Mason is one of only a half a dozen schools to win an NCAA championship, and to be able to coach here is a true honor. The foundation to be successful has been laid and it is my goal to get the Patriots back to the NCAA tournament.”

Drake becomes only the third coach in George Mason soccer history. Coach Hank Leung guided the Patriots in their first 10 seasons from 1982-91. Jac Cicala, who assisted Leung, took over the reins in 1992 until his recent resignation.

In 22 seasons, the Patriots have reached the “Final Four” four times, and have advanced to the “Sweet 16” another four times. They won a National Championship in 1985. Mason teams have been to 11 NCAA tournaments, ranking in the top 10 among all Division I schools.

The Hoyas finished the 2003 season with a 7-11-1 record, reversing the finish from the previous season in which Georgetown finished with an overall record of 11-7 and a Big East mark of 3-3.

In her first season at the helm of the women’s soccer program in 1999, Drake elevated the team to new heights as Georgetown earned its first postseason berth since the inception of the program in 1993. She directed the team to its first eight-win season since 1994 as the team went 8-10-2 under her tutelage. Drake also led the team to three conference wins for the first time in its history. Drake matched her win total in 2000 before embarking on a record-setting 2001 campaign in which the Hoyas posted an 11-7 record en route to winning its first ECAC Championship.

Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Drake served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro from 1996 to 1998. Before that, she was an assistant coach at Louisiana State University during the 1995 season. Drake was an assistant coach at Wright State University in the 1994 season.

An Olympic Development Regional team player in 1990, 1991, and 1995, Drake played for the GSE Cardinals, United States Adult Soccer Association National semifinalists in 1994. She was a member of the Northern Virginia Majestics in 2000. She also played on the National semifinalist Maryland Pride in 1999 and was a member of the 1998 National Champion Raleigh Wings.

A graduate from the University of Dayton with a degree in psychology, Drake was a four-year letterwinner on the soccer team. Serving as team captain her senior year, she was honored as Dayton’s NCAA Woman of the Year and was selected as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.

Drake received her master’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University. She coauthored a book on the U.S. National team titled Goals of Their Own, which examines the history of the U.S. women’s program from 1985-99.

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