Kolmel Stepping Down as Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Marist women’s soccer head coach Brittany Kolmel is stepping down due to personal reasons. The Marist athletic department announced the decision on Friday evening.

Kolmel posted a record of 10-15-8 in her three-season tenure, including a 7-10-5 mark in MAAC play. The Red Foxes finished the 2022 season 5-7-5 with a 3-5-2 record in the conference. Marist snuck into the MAAC Tournament by winning on the final day of the regular season but suffered a first-round loss to Niagara.

Marist only played one match in the 2020-21 season, which was moved to the spring because of COVID-19. In the fall of 2021, effectively Kolmel’s first full season on the job, Marist finished seventh in the MAAC, falling to Quinnipiac in the first round of the conference tournament.

In her two full seasons, Marist favored a defense-first approach. The Red Foxes struggled to put the ball in the back of the net, finishing ninth in the MAAC with less than a goal per game in 2021 and sixth in 2022.

In the press release, the athletic department said, “a national search for Kolmel’s replacement will begin immediately.” 

After Leigh Howard departed in 2020, Kolmel is the second consecutive coach to leave after three years with the program. Center Field will provide additional updates if they become available.

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Author: Jonathan Kinane

I'm a senior from Syracuse, NY, studying sports communication and journalism. I consider myself a die-hard Syracuse University sports fan, but I also follow the Knicks, Giants, and Yankees in the professional ranks. Sports and writing have long been my passions and I am excited for another year with Center Field.

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