Terry Gurnett

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Terry Gurnett
Sport(s) Women's soccer
Current position
Title Head coach
Team University of Rochester
Conference NCAA Division III
Record 410–131–62[1][2]
Biographical details
Born 1955 (age 61–62)[citation needed]
Spencerport, NY, USA
Playing career
2 yrs Rochester men's soccer
Position(s) Goalie
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
32 Yellowjackets
Head coaching record
Overall 410–131–62[1][2]
Tournaments 10 University Athletic
Association titles[1][3]
Accomplishments and honors
1986, 1987[1][3]
Goergen Award[4]
400 wins

Terry Gurnett (born 1955) is an American who was head coach of women's soccer at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, in the United States. He is notable for having achieved a coaching record of 400 victories in September 2009.[3][5][6][7] In the National Collegiate Athletic Association, he is the third coach in women's soccer to win over 400 games, and he is the first Division III coach to achieve this distinction. His team the Yellowjackets won two championships in 1986 and 1987, and ten University Athletic Association titles during his years of coaching.[1][3] In 2009, he is coaching for his 32nd season.[1][8] Gurnett stepped down from coaching in 2010 and was succeeded by his longtime assistant coach Thomas "Sike" Dardaganis.[2]


Gurnett graduated from Spencerport High School where he played on two Sectional Championship teams. He attended Monroe Community College where he played on nationally ranked teams.[3] He transferred to the University of Rochester where he started for two seasons.[1][3] While at the university, he was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in economics.[1] Right after graduation, he became a coach for Rochester's women's soccer.[9] Gurnett explained "I hadn't the foggiest notion of what I was doing––and some will say I still don't" in an interview in 2010.[2] The team often plays at Rochester's Edwin Fauver Stadium which has 5,000 seats, fieldturf, lights, a press box, locker rooms, and a training room.[10] While Gurnett was coaching, the Rochester women's soccer teams were consistently ranked in the "top 25" in national polls.[11] The Yellowjackets won National Championships in 1986 and 1987.[4][11][12] There were 33 consecutive years when the team had ten or more wins in the season.[2] In the 1980s, he was honored as the "Division III women’s soccer coach of the decade for the 1980s."[1] Gurnett was honored at the 24th Annual WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards in 2002.[13] At the end of the 2008 soccer season, he had 397 wins.[8] Gurnett has coached and worked at the University of Rochester while the office of the university's president has changed six times.[2]

On September 14, 2009, Gurnett achieved his 400th win.[1] At that point, his overall record was 400 wins, 127 losses, and 60 ties.[1][8] In November 2009, his team is working towards a playoff spot.[14] By September 2010, the record was 410 wins, 131 losses, and 62 ties totaling 603 games.[2] Gurnett commented on changes he's witnessed during his lengthy career:

The biggest change has been in the respect given to female athletes and the way that female athletes are thought about. You don't even have to say female athletes. They're athletes, and they represent the very highest ideals. – Terry Gurnett, 2010.[2]

Gurnett is the National Chair of the NSCAA All-America Committee, a member of the Division III Ranking Committee, and a member of the ECAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Selection Committee.[3] He is Rochester's Associate Director of Athletics for Advancement.[3] He received the Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions to undergraduate learning.[4] He lives in Spencerport, New York.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Rochester coach becomes third 400-game winner". National Collegiate Athletic Association. September 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-13. Rochester’s Terry Gurnett became only the third women’s soccer coach in any NCAA division, and the first in Division III, to win 400 games in the sport. He reached the milestone Friday in the Yellowjackets’ 1-0, sudden-death overtime victory over Penn State Behrend. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Scott Hauser (September–October 2010). "Goal Keeper: Terry Gurnett '77, the winningest women's soccer coach in NCAA Division III, begins his final season on the sidelines". University of Rochester. Rochester Review 397 – Terry Gurnett – Rochester-D-3, 1977–2008 … 397-125-60, 32 yrs-- 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Women's Soccer Coaches". University of Rochester Athletics. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-13. Terry Gurnett has enjoyed phenomenal success as Rochester’s coach for the past 31 years. He is the all-time leader in wins among Division III women’s soccer coaches and is third all-time in wins among women’s soccer coaches on all levels of NCAA competition. 
  4. ^ a b c d "University Presents Goergen Awards to Faculty, Staff". University of Rochester. August 31, 2004. Retrieved 2009-11-13. Terry Gurnett, associate director of alumni relations and development and also coach of the women's soccer team, will receive the Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Learning in the College. ... Gurnett lives in Spencerport... In addition, Gurnett is associate director of athletics and oversees the Friends of Rochester Athletics. 
  5. ^ Rochester's Gurnett marks women's 400th victory, "...400 wins is a milestone for any coach at any level. And Coach Terry Gurnett of Rochester achieved this great milestone tonight ... Gurnett is only the third women's coach in all divisions to achieve 400 wins...", November 13, 2009
  6. ^ "UR's Gurnett secures 400th win". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. September 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-13. Terry Gurnett recorded his 400th win as the University of Rochester defeated Penn State-Behrend 1-0 in overtime Friday in the first round of the Clarion Hotel Women's Soccer Classic at Fredonia. 
  7. ^ Mike Cutillo (November 6, 2009). "William Smith coach hits 400-win mark". Daily Messenger MPNnow.com. Retrieved 2009-11-13. The University of Rochester’s Terry Gurnett also picked up his 400th this season and currently is at 409. 
  8. ^ a b c Pete LaFleur (Dec 2, 2008). "NCAA Notebook–All-Time NCAA Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders (All Divisions) – Career Wins". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-11-13. (3) 397 – Terry Gurnett (Rochester/D-3, 1977–2008 … 397-125-60, 32 yrs) 
  9. ^ "University of Rochester (women)". D3Kicks.com. 2009-11-13. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-13. University of Rochester Head Coach: Terry Gurnett Location:Rochester, NY  horizontal tab character in |quote= at position 37 (help)
  10. ^ "Women's Soccer". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA.com). November 11, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-13. Senior forward Mary Walsh set up one goal and scored another to lead the University of Rochester to a 2–0 victory over College Misericordia in the opening round of the NCAA Division III women's soccer playoffs at Edwin Fauver Stadium. 
  11. ^ a b "University of Rochester–Soccer". RocWiki. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-13. The women's team also has two NCAA Division III Championships to its name, winning back-to-back in 1986 and 1987. The women also reached the Final IV in 1991. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Division III Women's Soccer". SoccerTimes.com. 1987. Retrieved 2009-11-13. Year:1987 Champion:Rochester Coach:Terry Gurnett 
  13. ^ "WHAM Sportswomen Luncheon April 29". Westside News Inc. February 25, 2002. Retrieved 2009-11-13. University of Rochester Women's Soccer Coach Terry Gurnett will be one of several people honored at the 24th Annual WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 29 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Rochester. 
  14. ^ Dana Hilfinger (November 12, 2009). "Soccer teams advance to NCAA tournament". Campus Times. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 'We don’t know much about [Westfield State],' head coach Terry Gurnett said. [dead link]