GREENSBORO, N.C. – Women's soccer coach Eddie Radwanski, who led UNCG to its fifth straight Southern Conference regular-season title, a school-record 19 wins and the school's ninth NCAA tournament berth this season, has been named the new head coach at Clemson.
Radwanski, who was a two-time All-American on UNCG's men's team in the 1980s, leaves an indelible mark on the UNCG women's program, as the Spartans went 139-65-13 overall and 85-15-5 in the SoCon during his 10-year tenure. Radwanski directed UNCG to seven SoCon regular-season titles, four SoCon Championship titles and five NCAA tournament appearances.
"When I was here as a student-athlete, when I left, I was leaving to play on the national team and go on to play professional soccer," Radwanski said. "It was a big highlight of my life, and now, after 10 years here, getting the opportunity to join a conference like the ACC, compete at that level, that's another great opportunity. It just seems like nothing but good things happen when Eddie and UNCG are together.
"Greensboro has been my home and it means an awful lot to me. I'm thankful that I've had the opportunity to lead the program. I was the so-called guardian for the last 10 years, and it's a special place."
Radwanski was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Mondo Southeast Region Coach of the Year this season after directing the Spartans to one of the best seasons in school history. UNCG went 19-2-1, setting a school record for fewest losses in addition to matching the school record for wins.
The Spartans went 11-0-0 in SoCon play, turning in their fourth undefeated league slate in the last five seasons. Over the last five years, Radwanski has coached UNCG to a 49-2-2 record in SoCon regular-season play.
UNCG earned its first national ranking since 1998 this season, reaching the top 10 for the first time since 1996. The Spartans turned in a 16-matching winning streak and finished with the third-best winning percentage in the nation (.886) on the year.
"Eddie has established this program as a perennial contender nationally," UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record said. "We'll miss his passion, but he's left the program in great shape. Clemson is very lucky to have him."
Radwanski had six players earn All-SoCon honors this year, while four of them took NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-Southeast Region distinction.
Radwanski, a three-time SoCon Coach of the Year, inherits a Clemson team that went 6-13 overall, starting the year 5-0 before losing 13 of its last 14. The Tigers were 0-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I'm honored that (Clemson Director of Athletics) Dr. Terry Don Phillips and (Associate Director of Athletics) Kyle Young offered me this opportunity and they're ready to entrust me to lead their program. They knew what I meant to UNCG and what UNCG meant to me, and they were able to communicate to me and made it well-known that they were seriously interested in a personal level and on a professional level, that they wanted me to be there.
"That meant a lot to me. One of the things that I discovered was that Clemson and UNCG have some very good similarities, which made it a little bit easier throughout the process. I felt very good about the people that I met. I've always said that UNCG's community, we just have good people. I felt that vibe at Clemson, and that's important to me as we start to move forward. The opportunity for me from a professional perspective to go into the premiere women's soccer conference in the country in the ACC, to me that's kind of an exciting challenge that I look forward to."
Radwanski didn't shy away from the challenge of facing the top teams in the nation throughout his UNCG tenure, as his squads played 27 matches against ACC teams in the last 10 years. In the last two years alone, his teams knocked off then-No. 11 Duke and then-No. 10 Wake Forest.
"I've been kind of joking that I've unofficially been a member of the ACC for the last several years," Radwanski said. "Now, we're just making it official."
Just the second coach in UNCG history, Radwanski coached 52 All-SoCon performers, five league players of the year and five league freshmen of the year. He's also had 19 all-region selections under his watch. His teams also earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards in each year of his tenure.
"UNCG is a big part of my life, and there's so many people to acknowledge for the path that I've had to travel, starting with (former UNCG Director of Athletics) Nelson Bobb, who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to coach at my alma mater. The support of (former) Chancellor (Patricia) Sullivan, and into our current administration, Kim Record has been wonderful through the process, provided wonderful insight, Chancellor (Linda) Brady for her leadership with our university. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been entrusted to lead this program for the last 10 years.
"I'm really blessed to have had obviously pretty good success. I think we won 11 championships in the last 10 years in the conference. None of those successes, including this historic season, being ranked 10th in the country and everything that came with this current team, you don't do it without players. I can't thank my current players or all the former players before, who gave their hearts and souls to program and to me, enough. I deeply appreciate it. The relationships that you have with them last a lifetime. That's certainly something I'll carry with me."
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