Williams' Pinard is national D-III women's soccer coach of the year

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The awards just keep on coming for Michelyne Pinard and the Williams College women's soccer team.

The Eph head coach was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national Division III coach of the year. She earlier was named the New England Division III coach of the year.

Pinard led the Ephs to the first NCAA women's soccer title in school history, beating Washington-St. Louis 1-0 in the national championship game on Dec. 5. Williams finished 21-1-2 in 2015.

Pinard guided her team to back-to-back Final Four appearances, also for the first time in Williams history.

After winning the title, Pinard now has 199 career wins to go with 43 losses and 27 ties. The Ephs are 26-8-2 in NCAA Division III Tournament play.

"Last year, so much of the excitement was the unknown. Being at the Final Four this year, the excitement is because we feel we earned our spot there," Pinard said back before the Ephs left for Kansas City, Mo.

"As a coach, it has been one of the most fulfilling seasons of my career, watching this team toward playing their very best soccer each and every week," she said, "watching this team find its way competitively in November and watching this team enjoy the challenges of the journey together in such a supportive way."

Pinard wasn't the only NESCAC coach to win a soccer title and wasn't the only NESCAC coach to be named Division III coach of the year.

Amherst College men's coach Jostin Serpone earned the honor for leading the Lord Jeffs to the Division III men's title.

One of his assistants is former North Adams State soccer standout Derek Shea.

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As the area college teams head into final exams and the holiday break, two are nationally ranked.

The Williams College women's basketball and men's hockey teams are both listed among the best in Division III.

The Williams women, who are 8-0 and one of three undefeated teams in NESCAC, is the No. 16 team in the latest D3hoops.com national poll. The Ephs moved up from 17.

Thomas More (Ky.) is a unanimous No 1 team, while Amherst (7-0) is second. Tufts (5-2) fell from eighth to 18th in the most recent poll, while Bowdoin (6-2) moved from No. 25 to No. 24.

The third NESCAC team that is undefeated is 8-0 Connecticut College. The Camels received 48 votes in the D3hoops.com poll, which would make the Camels 26th.

Conn. College, with reigning NESCAC player of the week Mairead Hynes, is coached by Great Barrington native Brian Wilson.

Wilson is in his seventh season at Conn. College. The Monument Mountain graduate went to the Univesity of Virginia. He was an assistant with the Williams men under Harry Sheehy and spent six years as an assistant and associate head coach at Division I Holy Cross.

And if you're wondering whether the Camels come to Williamstown to play the Ephs this year, they do. Wilson will bring his team to Chandler Gym on Sunday, Feb. 7.

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The Williams men's hockey team is one of the top 15 Division III teams in the country.

The D3hockey.com poll has the Ephs (5-2-1) ranked 14th, a drop from 13th a week ago. The drop in the polls came after Williams lost 1-0 at Hamilton last week.

Williams is one of three NESCAC teams in the D3hockey.com poll. Trinity (5-2-1) is ranked eighth, while Amherst (3-2-3) is 12th. St. Norbert (Wisc.) is No. 1.

In the USCHO.com poll, Williams moved from 14th to 13th. Trinity is eighth and Amherst is 11th.

St. Norbert is also No. 1 in this poll, but Babson is second and Plattsburgh State is third. In the D3hockey.com poll, Adrian (Mich.) is second and Plattsburgh is third.


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