Penn State Introduces Highly Touted Class of 2016 Set to Join Nittany Lions in August
Updated Apr. 19, 2012
Michael Coll has been part of the Penn State women's soccer staff since April 2004 and has helped lead the Nittany Lions to eight consecutive Big Ten Championships and an NCAA No. 8 national rank in 2011. Prior to returning to Penn State he was an NCAA Division I women's soccer head coach at nearby Saint Francis University from November 2000-April 2004.
Coll is equally responsible for all aspects of the Penn State team, including individual and team training, scouting and game preparation, video analysis, running Penn state's extensive camp and clinic program, recruiting and alumni relations.
As recruiting coordinator he oversees identifying, targeting, and communicating with all prospects as Penn State's recruiting class evolves throughout the year until signing day. He works tirelessly to ensure that each class matches the team's goals of winning championships and graduating players at the highest level. In the last eight seasons, he has mentored many individual award winners within the Big Ten and Nationally.
Coll holds an National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma as well as an Irish FA "C" License. He holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Penn State (1997) and Master's degree in education from Saint Francis University.
A native of Derry, Ireland, Coll was a four year starter, All-American and two time First Team All-Big Ten selection on the Penn State soccer team from 1993-1997. He has represented Ireland at the youth international level and World University Games before and during college.
Coll was married in 2010 and currently resides in State College, with his wife, Katie.
PENN STATE AWARD WINNERS DURING COLL'S TENURE (2004-2011)
MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists
MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
NSCAA All-America First Team (9)
NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team (3)
NCAA College Cup All-Tourney Team
CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team (1)
NSCAA All-Region (Mid-Atlantic/Great Lakes) First Team (24)
CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team (8)
Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (3)
All-Big Ten First Team (26)