Stefanie Golan was named the fourth head women's soccer coach in University of Minnesota history on June 27, 2012. In her first season with the Maroon and Gold, Golan led the Gophers to a 11-7-2 record to finish fourth among the Big Ten Conference.
She coached sophomore Taylor Uhl to a historic season on the pitch. Uhl led the team with 21 goals and nine assists and was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team. She also earned NSCAA/Continental Tire All-American Third Team accolades, the first for a Gopher player since 1997 when Jennifer McElmury received a first team honor. Haley Helverson also picked up conference honors after being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Helverson was the only true freshman on the squad to compete in all 20 matches on the season, earning 19 starting assignments.
Under her guidance, the Gophers also excelled in the classroom. For the sixth year in a row, the Minnesota women's soccer program earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award after combining for a 3.48 GPA during the 2011-12 academic year. Katie Thyken and Allie Phillips were also picked to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District team. Phillips went on to be named a Capital One All-American and earn the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship.
Golan comes to Minnesota from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she spent the past three seasons as the Black Knights' head coach.
While at Army, Golan, 33, served two seasons as the program's associate head coach before being named head coach in January 2009. In her three seasons in charge, Golan led Army to an impressive 33-18-10 overall record.
In just her second season at the helm, Golan led the Black Knights to the 2010 Patriot League regular season crown. Last fall, the program took another big step forward as Golan guided Army to the 2011 Patriot League tournament title and just its second-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
The 2010 Patriot League Coach of the Year, Golan's players have shined under her guidance. In three seasons, Golan coached two Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year and one Rookie of the Year. She has also had players selected All-Region four times, with one being named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List in 2011. Golan has had a total of 11 cadet-athletes garner All-League honors and 21 players placed on the Patriot League Honor Roll.
The St. Louis, Mo. native has proven to be a defensive mastermind as she has accrued 38 total shutouts the past three seasons. Army has ranked Top 10 in the NCAA the past two years in shutout percentage, goals against average and save percentage.
During her final season in charge at West Point in 2011, Golan guided the Black Knights to a 12-4-5 overall record and won the Patriot League tournament to earn the program's second-ever NCAA berth. Army proved it belonged, and took Big Ten Conference regular season champion Penn State to the wire before conceding in the 86th minute in a tough 1-0 loss to the Nittany Lions in the opening round.
In her second season at the helm in 2010, Golan was tagged Patriot League Coach of the Year for leading Army to a 14-4-3 record, which is the most wins in program history. Her squad also posted a school record 16 shutouts on the year and allowed only six goals, which both ranked top in the NCAA that year. The Black Knights went unbeaten in the conference that fall and were named regular season co-champions of the Patriot League.
In 2009, Golan took over the helm of the soccer program and helped Army compile a 7-10-2 record with seven combined shutouts.
Before being named the head coach at West Point, Golan spent two seasons as the Black Knights' associate head coach. During that time, she led Army's recruiting efforts and assisted with all aspects of running a Division I program.
From 2005-07, Golan served as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. During her time at Pittsburgh, she helped to recruit a highly regarded group of athletes to the Panthers' program. Prior to her stay at Pittsburgh, Golan served a two-year stint on the coaching staff at the University of Evansville, where she played an integral part in its recruiting efforts.
Golan's first coaching appointment came as a graduate assistant at Mercer University in 2002.
A 2001 graduate of Duke University, Golan lettered as a defenseman for the Blue Devils for four years. 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. She graduated with a degree in political science with an emphasis on International Relations.
Golan is married. She and her husband, Dave, have a six-year old son, Travis. She also recently received her master's degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.