Sheila Miech, the only head coach in the 25-year
history of the UW-Stevens Point women's soccer program, announced that she is
retiring from her position.
"I would like to thank my family, John,
Jesse and Ryan, for allowing me to do what I love all of these years as well as
all of the great people who helped create an awesome soccer tradition at UWSP,"
said Miech. "I am proud to have been a part of one of the most successful
Division III athletic programs in the nation. To all of the players, assistant
coaches and administrative staff that have contributed to my success and
happiness and UWSP, I say thank you."
The first female inductee into the
Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012, Miech was a nine-time
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Coach of the Year and led
the Pointers to an unprecedented 133-12-7 conference record over the 20-year
history of the sport as a league-sponsored championship.
Miech leaves the
Pointers ranking sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III wins list (365-117-31)
and led UWSP to 14 regular-season conference titles and 15 WIAC Tournament
titles. She also guided the Pointers through the longest conference winning
streak in NCAA history, a 70-match streak from 1997-2003.
Tournament résumé was just as impressive, sporting a 43-4 all-time record in the
league's postseason tournament. Her teams represented the WIAC as the league's
only participant in the NCAA Tournament until 2005.
Miech, the second
female coach in any division of NCAA women's soccer to reach 200 career
victories, led the Pointers to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances over her 25-year
career, leading the team to the Sweet 16 five times and advancing to the Elite
Eight three time, including the 2000 NCAA Final Four.
Miech was recently
honored as the All-Time Women's Soccer Coach in conjunction with the WIAC
Centennial Celebration. Miech has over 150 more wins than any other coach in
conference history and retires as the league's all-time winningest
A 1978 UW-Stevens Point graduate, Miech was a standout
student-athlete for the Pointers, earning Female Athlete of the Year honors as a
senior. She continued her association with UW-Stevens Point following graduation
as an instructor in the School of Physical Education and Athletic Training
(PEAT), earning various awards for her teaching. Miech is a native of Wausau and
a graduate of Wausau West High School.
"Retirement is the beginning of a
new life for me," said Miech. It's time to challenge myself to new
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information
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