|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Ciara McCormack ’01, who played in 48 games during her career, is returning to the Yale women’s soccer program to serve as a volunteer assistant coach beginning in 2012.
McCormack was the recipient of the Captain’s Cup in 1997 as the team’s top rookie, and scored her first career goal in a win over Cornell as a sophomore. Injuries limited her over her final two years at Yale.
McCormack has remained active as a player since graduation. She has been a member of the Ireland Women’s National Team since 2008 and also plays for the New England Mutiny of the WPSL Elite league. In addition, McCormack has had tremendous success overseas. She became the first Canadian player to medal in the UEFA Women’s Cup Final after claiming silver with Fortuna Hjorring of Denmark’s top flight Elitedivisionen in 2003. Since then, she has played for Asker IK (2008, silver medal), Kolbotn IK (2009, bronze medal) and FK Donn (2010) of the Norwegian Toppserien as well as serving as team captain for the Ottawa Fury in 2007-08.
Off the pitch, McCormack founded girlsCAN Football (girlscanfootball.com) in 2002, an organization dedicated to providing role models for female players that runs all-girl camps, clinics and seminars across Canada, which recently expanded into Connecticut in 2011. She also began the girlsCAN Foundation in 2010 and is the founder of the Western Canada Soccer Showcase, the largest and longest running girls-only college showcase in Canada.
As a senior at Yale, McCormack attended the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. She was a women and gender studies major.