Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
Diane Drake continues a new chapter in the history of George Mason women's soccer as she begins her 11th season as mentor of the Patriots in 2013. She is only the third head coach in the program's 25-year history.
In their inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Drake guided the Patriots to a 7-11 overall record and 4-4-0 league mark. Mason earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, falling in the first round to St. Bonaventure. Two Patriots garnered A-10 accolades in Lyndse Hokanson and Sarah Hardison. Hokanson received Second Team honors and All-Academic honors, while Hardison was tabbed to the All-Rookie squad.
The 2012 season was highlighted by a pair of All-CAA Second Team honorees in Tiana Kallenberger and Mary Kate Lowry. Additionally, weekly honors awarded to the Patriots included Liz Hodges and Emily Harvery earning CAA Player of the Week. The Patriots wrapped up their final season in the CAA with a 7-11-1 overall record and 3-6-1 league mark. Mason went 5-3 at home.
In 2009, Drake had her best season as head coach of the Patriots, leading Mason to a 14-4-2 mark. The Patriots improved by nine wins over the previous season, the best mark in the country in 2009. That nine-win improvement tied the CAA record for greatest single-season turnaround. Mason allowed just 14 goals on the season, the second-fewest in school history, and scored 51 goals, just the eighth 50-goal season in school history. The Patriots placed two players on the All-CAA teams and two on the All-Rookie Teams. Redshirt junior Omolyn Davis was named first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region and assistant coach Ashly Kennedy was named Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In her first season in 2004, Drake led George Mason to a solid 10-7-3 overall record and recorded a stellar 5-2-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. Two of her athletes were named to the NSCAA all-Region team, while four others earned all-CAA recognition, including goalkeeper Sarah Coughlin, who became the first Mason women's soccer player selected CAA Defender of the Year. In 2005 and 2006, her teams were inundated with injuries and fought to a combined 16-20-2 overall record, 9-12-1 in the CAA. Still, several individuals stood out as three were named All-CAA, two were named All-State and one was named CAA All-Rookie. In 2007, Drake led the Patriots back to the CAA Tournament as the Patriots finished 8-10-1... In 2008, Mason finished the season 5-13-1.
Drake came to Mason after spending five seasons (1999-2003) at the helm of Georgetown, where she was the all-time winningest coach in program history with an overall record of 45-44-6. Under her tutelage, the Hoyas won one ECAC Championship, went to two Big East Championships and posted back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2001 and 2002.
The Hoyas finished the 2003 season with a 7-11-1 record, reversing the finish from the previous season where Georgetown finished with an overall mark of 11-7 and a Big East profile of 3-3. The 2002 Georgetown squad earned its first victory over a top-10 opponent with a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame, qualifying for the Big East Championship for the second time in four years.
The 2002 Hoyas led the BIG EAST in several offensive categories, including goals per game and assists, while climbing as high as No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll and Soccer Buzz Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll. The 2002 team earned the best winning percentage in program history (.611), and narrowly missed securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, prompting Soccer Buzz magazine to write, "We have to admit we had Georgetown in our field of 64."
In her first season at Georgetown in 1999, Drake elevated the team to new heights. GU earned its first-ever postseason berth since the program's inception in 1993 and recorded its first eight-win season since 1994 as the Hoyas finished 8-10-2 under her tutelage. Drake also led the team to three conference wins for the first time in its history. She matched her win total in 2000 before embarking on a record setting 2001 campaign in which the Hoyas posted their first 10-win season - an 11-7-1 record - en route to winning its first ECAC Championship.
Drake's influence on the Hoya program helped garner several awards for deserving student-athletes, including five All-Big East Second Team selections, four Big East All-Rookie honorees, two NSCAA All-Americans, two Soccer Buzz All-Regional players, one Verizon Academic All-American, and one Soccer Buzz All-Freshman selection. Her teams also earned two NSCAA Academic Team Awards and well over half of her players were named to the Big East Academic Team.
Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Drake served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro from 1996 to 1998. During her three seasons at UNCG, the Spartans compiled a 48-21-2 record, three-consecutive conference championships and three-straight NCAA Tournament berths. Before arriving at UNCG, Drake was an assistant coach at Louisiana State University during the 1995 season. With Drake on the staff, the LSU Tigers recorded an 11-9-1 record and a trip to the SEC Tournament in the school's inaugural season. Drake was an assistant coach at Wright State University in 1994.
An Olympic Development Regional team player in 1990, 1991 and 1995, Drake played for the GSE Cardinals, USASA National semifinalists in 1994. During the summers, Drake has played in the W-League of the USISL. Most recently, she was a member of the Northern Virginia Majestics in 2000. She also played on the National semifinalist Maryland Pride in 1999 and she was a member of the 1998 National Champion Raleigh Wings.
Beginning with the 2004 season, the NSCAA tabbed Drake as its College Representative for all divisions of women's college soccer. As the spokesperson of this constituent group, she is expected to keep the NSCAA Board of Directors advised of appropriate issues regarding college women's soccer, acting as the communication liaison between the Board and all levels and organizations (NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA, junior college) of college women's soccer, including attending meetings of those organizations and their sub-divisions at the national convention. Drake currently serves as the chair of the NSCAA's Mid-Atlantic Region rankings committee.
A 1993 graduate from the University of Dayton with a degree in Psychology, Drake was a four-year letterwinner on the soccer team. Serving as team captain her senior year, she was honored as Dayton's NCAA Woman of the Year, and was selected as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.
In 1996, she received her master's degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University. Drake holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, an NSCAA Premiere Badge and was on the Region I Senior ODP Staff as the assistant coach of the U-14 Region I team. She co-authored a book on the U.S. National team titled "Goals of Their Own", which is a complete look into the history of the U.S. women's program from 1985-1999.
THE DRAKE LEDGER
Years at George Mason: Ten
Overall Record: 131-133-25
Alma Mater, Year: Dayton, '93
Master's, Year: Louisiana State, '96
Most Wins: 14 (14-4-2, 2009)
Winning Seasons: 6
Year Overall Record (Pct.) CAA (Pct.) Postseason
2004 10-7-3 (.575) 5-2-2 (.667) CAA Tourn.
2005 8-11-0 (.421) 4-7-0 (.364)
2006 8-9-2 (.474) 5-5-1 (.500)
2007 8-10-1 (.447) 4-6-1 (.409) CAA Tourn.
2008 5-13-1 (.289) 2-8-1 (.227)
2009 14-4-2 (.750) 6-3-2 (.591)
2010 11-7-2 (.600) 7-4-0 (.636) CAA Tourn.
2011 8-6-6 (.550) 5-3-3 (.590) CAA Tourn.
2012 7-11-1 (.395) 3-6-1 (.350)
2013 7-11-1 (.395) 4-4-0 (.500) A-10 Tourn.
Totals 86-89-19 (.492) 40-45-8 (.473)
Overall 131-133-25 (.497)