Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announces the hiring of Tracy Chao as the sixth women's soccer coach in program history on Monday afternoon.
“Our search committee worked tirelessly to find the perfect fit for our women's soccer program, and we found it in coach Tracy Chao,” Buddie said. “Chao brings a wealth of experience as both a coach and a player at the professional, Division I and Division II ranks and throughout the recruiting process it became evident that Chao will be able to build on our program's success and through her leadership and expertise elevate our program to new heights. She has all the qualities we look for in a head coach at the Academy and stands for the pillars of duty, honor and country as we develop these young women on the soccer pitch, but more importantly off it as leaders of character for our nation.”
Chao comes to the banks of the Hudson after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of Metropolitan State University of Denver. She boasts 15 years of coaching experience at the Division I, Division II and professional ranks. Chao is a 2003 graduate of Wake Forest University where she was a four-year women's soccer letter winner and was the team's most valuable player in 2000.
“I am extremely thankful to Director of Athletics Mike Buddie and the senior leadership team for the opportunity to be a part of Army West Point and lead the women's soccer program,” said Chao. “It is an honor to join one of the most prestigious institutions in the country with their mission in developing our nation's future leaders. During the process, I was inspired and impressed with the people, vision, and goals, and I look forward to building on the past successes and traditions.” Read more.