Kim Wyant

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Kim Wyant
Personal information
Full name Kimberly Wyant
Date of birth February 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Florida, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1982–1985 UCF Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Orlando Lions 6
1995–2006 Long Island Lady Riders 99
National team
1985–1993 United States 16 (0)
Teams managed
1995–1998 FAU
2001–2006 Lady Riders
2012– N.Y.A.C.
2015– NYU - Men.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kim Wyant (born February 1964) is an American soccer coach and retired player. She is the head coach of the New York University men's soccer team, the first and only woman to lead a men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer program. She is also the head coach for the New York Athletic Club women's soccer team, leading the team to the 2014 United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) Amateur Women's National Championship.

Wyant was the goalkeeper for the first United States women's national soccer team, appearing in the inaugural US game in Italy in 1985.[1] She played 16 international games for the United States, and was the first goalkeeper for the women's national team and recorded the team's first shutout and win during a match against Canada in July 1986.[2]

In 2008, Wyant was the recipient of the ‘Special Recognition Award’ by the National Soccer Hall of Fame honoring her contribution to the winning way of the Women’s National Team.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

In 1982 Wyant appeared in the first NCAA National Soccer Championship representing the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights women's team. Despite her team's loss, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Championship tournament. Wyant played soccer for UCF from 1982 to 1985,. She was the team's rookie of the year in her freshman year and MVP in her senior year.[citation needed] In 2010, she was inducted into the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

During its first year, the United States women's national soccer team was a hastily collected roster of unknown players There was little practice time, limited equipment to speak of, and unglamorous travel conditions. The season consisted of a trip to Jesolo, Italy where the team played four games, losing to Denmark, England, and Italy, and managing a draw in their rejoinder with Denmark.[citation needed]

Professional[edit]

Wyant is the Long Island Lady Riders all-time leader in minutes played with 8,636 minutes during nine seasons, and second all time in games played with 99.[citation needed] As a leader in defense on the team, she helped lead Long Island to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League National Championships in 1995 and 1997 and a 2-0 victory over the Brazilian Women's National Team in 1999. During her career with the Lady Riders she was the dominant goalkeeper of the W-League, winning Goalkeeper of The Year Honors four consecutive years- 1995, 96, 97, and 98. She was also honored as the Most Valuable Player for her performance in the 1997 Championship series, and has twice been selected as a W-league All Star.[citation needed]

Shortly after announcing her retirement in August 2003, Wyant was named General Manager of the Lady Riders. Prior to her promotion, Kim implemented the teams very successful camps and youth academy. Under her direction the Lady Riders twice-received the USL W-League ‘Organization of the Year’ awarded annually to the top USL organization displaying excellence both on and off the field. Kim also served as the team interim coach during the 2002 season, leading the team to an 11-1-1 record. In 2004, Kim was inducted into the United Soccer League’s Soccer Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

Kim served as the head coach for Florida Atlantic University’s women’s soccer team from 1995 through 1998, and Dowling College from 2003-2006. She is current the women's assistant coach at New York University (NYU)[3] and the head coach of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), New York Athletic Club.

In 1998, she served as a Federation International Football Association (FIFA) Staff Coach in Trinidad, where she instructed national team coaches from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region on the modern demands of goalkeeping. She is the founder of Above All Goalkeeping camps, and is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the Southeast.[citation needed]

Wyant is a US Soccer–licensed coach and holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma. She has served as a clinician for many soccer organizations, and has published articles in various newsletters and publications.

BMX career[edit]

Wyant was among the very first female bicycle motocross BMX’er in the nation. She is one of the pioneers of BMX riders that started a revolution in bicycling that has culminated into an Olympic Sporting event.[citation needed]

Honors[edit]

  • 1982 NCAA National Championship MVP[4]
  • 1986 NSCAA First Team All American
  • 1995 & 97 USL W League National Champion (Long Island Lady Riders)[5]
  • 1995, 96, 97 & 98 USL W League Goalkeeper of the Year[6]
  • 1997 USL W League Championship MVP
  • 1997, 1998 USL W League All Star
  • 1999, 2000 USL Organization of the Year (Long Island Lady Riders)
  • 2004 USL Hall of Fame Class[6]
  • 2008 National Soccer Hall of Fame, Special Recognition Award[6]
  • 2010 UCF Hall of Fame Women's Soccer [7][8]
  • 2013 Long Island Soccer Hall of Fame Class[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Little Trip to Italy Was Start of Something Big". Los Angeles Times. July 10, 1999. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Kim Wyant Joins UCF Hall". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 2010-04-16. Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2011-11-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Michael Lewis, Special to Newsday (September 6, 2015). "Original USWNT goalie coaching NYU men". Newsday. Newsday. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ Greenbaum, Jared (13 April 2010). "Hall Of Fame Profile: Kim Wyant". www.ucfknights.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ Staff (11 January 2007). "NEW TEAM Rough Riders buy W-League team rights to LI". www.bigapplesoccer.com. Sports Vue Interactive, LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Kim Wyant Named NYU Men's Soccer Head Coach - UAA". uaasports.info. NYU Athletics. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Greatness Personified - Pegasus Magazine". Pegasus Magazine. University of Central Florida. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Five to get inducted into UCF Athletics Hall of Fame". www.ucfknights.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ "FAME FOR FOUR LI Soccer Player Hall of Fame to induct Messing, Armas, LeSueur, Wyant in its first class on Saturday". www.bigapplesoccer.com. Sports Vue Interactive, LLC. March 5, 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Nash, Tim (2016), It’s Not the Glory: The Remarkable First Thirty Years of US Women’s Soccer', Lulu Press, ISBN 1483451526

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