William & Mary's coaches contribute greatly to the success of our student-athletes. Tribe student-athletes learn to be leaders and competitors. Their coaches help teach them what is necessary to succeed on and off the playing field.
The following represents coaching achievements for academic year 2010-2011.
Chuck Connelly, Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
2010 CSN National Assistant Coach of the Year
Selected by College Soccer News staff
Connelly has had a definite impact on the Tribe's quality of play, working primarily with goalkeepers. He is well versed in the duties and pressure that accompany work between the pipes. The Tribe had a banner season in 2010, finishing with an impressive 15-4-3 record.
John Daly, Head Coach Women's Soccer
Colonial Athletic Association Co-Coach of the Year 2011
Award voted on by league coaches.
Daly led William & Mary to a 15-2-2 overall record and first place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with a 10-1 conference mark. The win gave Daly his 10th CAA title. Guided by Daly, the Tribe led the league in goals scored (49) and goals allowed (12). The CAA Coach of the Year honor is the fifth for Daly.
2010 NSCAA College Team Academic Award
Award given to all Division I Soccer programs who maintain a cumulative team GPA of 3.0, or better
Along with the success on the pitch, Daly's players have also distinguished themselves in the classroom, as 10 Tribe players have earned Academic All-America recognition under Daly's watch.
Appointed Head Coach of Region I (east) U-17 Team
Coaching team of select players at International Tournament which took place in Sochi, Russia, which will also be the host city for the 2014 Olympics and the 2018 World Cup
This was the fourth time that Daly coached a Region 1 team in international competition. The team played national teams from Kazakstan, North Korea, Japan, Russia, Estonia and Krasnador Region, going 3-and-3 to finish fifth in the tournament.
Women's Committee's Award of Excellence
Sponsored by Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS), was established in 1999 to recognize those who have brought honor and distinction to women’s soccer.
Amongst his peers, Coach Daly by all measures ranks as one of the top 20 coaches in NCAA history. Daly is the ninth coach in Division I to accomplish the remarkable feat of 300 victories and the 19th across all divisions in the NCAA.
Jimmye Laycock '70, Head Coach Football
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region I Coach of the Year
This award is annually given to the coach who has been voted by his peers to have done the best job in preparing his team. Region I reaches from Maine to Virginia.
The 2010 season was especially remarkable for Laycock. The team finished the regular season as CAA Co-Champions and earned the nation's No. 2 overall seed for the NCAA Playoffs. Additionally, the squad defeated three top-10 teams in the regular season (including knocking off No. 1, No. 2 and No. 8 in the span of five weeks). It reached a school-record No. 1 national ranking on the November 8 Sports Network Poll and went on to finish in the top 10 in the final poll. All this success came despite the fact William & Mary was forced to shuffle THREE different QBs into the starting line-up, due to injury.
Chris Norris '95, Head Coach Men's Soccer
2010 NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year
Voted on by peers, recognizes coach who has done most outstanding job in the South Atlantic Region (covers two leagues -- CAA, Big South and part of the ACC)
In 2010, Norris led the Tribe to a 15-3-2 overall record with a mark of 8-1-2 in conference play. The 15 victories in 2010 were the most for the College since the 2002 season, while the CAA championship was the seventh in school history. The Tribe's advancement to the third round of the NCAA Tournament marked the eighth time that the College had reached the Sweet Sixteen in school history, the first since the 2002 campaign.
2010 VaSID State Men's Soccer Coach of the Year
Voted on by all of the state athletic communication personnel.
Head coach Chris Norris led the College to the NCAA Third Round, a CAA Tournament title, and a CAA regular season crown. William & Mary posted a record of 15-3-2 overall, which marked the most wins in a season for the Tribe since 2002.
Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year
Award voted on by league coaches.
Since taking over the program in 2004, Norris has led the Tribe to the NCAA Tournament twice, including hosting tournament matches two of the past three years. Over the past three seasons, Norris has posted a record of 39-16-7 (.685) and has had 16 players earn All-CAA accolades. The 2010 squad captured the CAA Title.
Pete Walker '93, Men's Gymnastics Assistant Coach
2011 ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year
Selected by a polling of league coaches
The presence of assistant coach Pete Walker has helped give a constant stability to William & Mary gymnastics during his 16 year tenure. During Pete’s undergraduate years at William & Mary , he was one of the only two gymnasts to have twice received the coveted "Mister Award," given each year to the gymnast who, in the eyes of his teammates, is most inspirational to and responsible for the character and success of the team.
Stephen Walsh, Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
2010 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year
Award voted on by polling of league coaches, recognizing the outstanding coach of the year.
In his first season with William & Mary, Walsh led the men's team to its 11th-straight CAA title and another national top-20 ranking and NCAA Championship appearance despite losing five of the seven runners off of last year's varsity team. Walsh's men's squad captured the 2010 CAA Cross Country Title and four won CAA titles, while both the men's and women's programs earned academic honors from the USTFCCCA (United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association).
2010 Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Voted on by peers, recognizes coach who has done most outstanding job in the South East Region (covers North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia)
Taking over just days before the start of the year in August 2010, Walsh quickly proved himself worthy of the College's prestigious history, leading the men's cross country team to an unprecedented third-straight Southeast Regional title, a first in school history. Seven male athletes earned All-East honors in track and field.