Patrick Farmer Resigns Post At Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.- Penn State women's soccer coach Patrick Farmer resigned his position with the school, athletic director Tim Curley announced on Monday.
In seven short years, Farmer has guided the young Nittany Lion program since its inception in 1994 to the 1999 NCAA College Cup. This fall Farmer led Penn State to its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a third straight "Elite Eight" appearance, and an unprecedented third consecutive Big Ten Championship.
"Pat Farmer has done an outstanding job for the women's soccer program, and we hate to lose him, but are understanding of the opportunity presented to him," Curley said. "We wish him the very best and appreciate the momentum he has provided for our program."
In 2000, the Nittany Lions finished 22-3-1 overall and a perfect 10-0 in Conference play. PSU also captured the 2000 Big Ten Tournament crown for the second time. PSU recorded a school-best 22 wins and re-wrote the team season records for shutouts (17), fewest goals allowed (11), and lowest goals-against average (0.40). The Big Ten champions also garnered the league's Player of the Year for the second straight year in Christie Welsh and the Freshman of the Year in Joanna Lohman, PSU's third consecutive honor.
In 1999, Farmer coached the Nittany Lions to their first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance and third straight Big Ten Conference championship. PSU recorded a school-best 21 wins and finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally- its highest ranking to date.
Named the 1999 NSCAA/adidas Division I National Coach of the Year, Farmer also earned Mid-Atlantic Region NSCAA/adidas Division I Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his PSU career. On Oct. 10, 1999, Farmer became just the seventh coach in NCAA Division I history to record his 200th career victory with a 4-1 win at Illinois.
Farmer, who improved his 14-year overall coaching record to 233-57-28 (.777), lifted the Lions to their biggest upset victory in school history. On Sept. 12, 1999, the No. 5 Nittany Lions knocked off No. 1 North Carolina, 3-2, in Chapel Hill.
For the young squad, the 1999 season was no exception to Farmer's code of excellence. For the first time in school history, two players were named to the coveted NSCAA/adidas Division I First-Team All-America- sophomore keeper Emily Oleksiuk and freshman forward Christie Welsh. Welsh also captured the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year accolades as well as National Freshman of the Year accolades. Penn State was also honored with five Mid-Atlantic region All-Americans and seven all-Big Ten Conference selections.
After completing seven seasons at the Division I level, he has proven that he has the ability to develop competitive and successful programs at each level.
In 1998 Penn State claimed its first-ever Big Ten regular-season championship and the Big Ten Tournament title. The nationally ranked Nittany Lions advanced to the NCAA fourth round- the Elite Eight- falling to eventual national champion Florida. For his efforts, Farmer earned not only Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year accolades, but Soccer Times named him the Division I National Coach of the Year.
As a team, the Nittany Lions recorded the most wins in a season (21) and a perfect 13-0 mark at Jeffrey Field. Along the way, PSU vaulted to its then-highest-ever national ranking- No. 6- on Oct. 5 and held the spot for two weeks. The Big Ten champions also garnered the Conference's Freshman of the Year in goalkeeper Emily Oleksiuk in addition to five all-conference honorees, four regional All-Americans, and first-team NSCAA national All-American Kelly Convey. Farmer was named the 1998 Mid-Atlantic Region NSCAA/Umbro Division I Coach of the Year.
In 1997, Farmer guided Penn State to 15 wins for the third straight year, a top 25 national ranking, and a return trip to NCAA postseason play.
During August of 1997, he took the Nittany Lions into unprecedented waters, as Penn State became the first-ever American women's team to play at England's Wembley Stadium. In front of a near-sellout crowd, Penn State faced the London Select Team prior to the FA Charity Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester United. The Nittany Lions continued their 10-day European tour with games in Belgium, Holland and Germany.
In 1996, Farmer helped the program to its then highest-ever ranking at No. 9, a second-place finish in the Big Ten, and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Furthermore, Penn State recorded four wins against top 25 opponents, with three of those wins coming against higher ranked teams.
In 1995, Farmer guided Penn State to a 15-7-1 overall record, going 4-2-1 in Big Ten action (3rd place), as the squad advanced to the semifinals of the Conference Tournament. The Nittany Lions also hosted James Madison in their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
In the Blue and White's first year as a varsity team during the 1994 season, Farmer led PSU to an impressive 14-4-1 overall record and a 5-2 Big Ten mark (2nd place tie).
In his seven-year tenure in State College, Farmer has tutored a four-time first team All-Big Ten selection and four-time NSCAA Regional All-American in Rachel Hoffman, as well as first-team NSCAA national All-America and All-Big Ten honorees Kelly Convey, Emily Oleksiuk, and Christie Welsh. He's coached 16 first-team All-Big Ten honorees, and 67 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Before taking over his duties at Penn State, Farmer was the head women's soccer coach at Ithaca College for seven years and guided the Bombers to back-to-back national championships in 1990 and 1991. Farmer's first season at Ithaca College was 1987, when he directed the Bombers to an 11-7-1 record and their first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.
In 1988, Ithaca made the first of four straight NCAA Final Four trips, placing third. The 1989 squad went 17-1-7 and earned runner-up honors as a prelude to the next two seasons, which ended with back-to-back national championships. The 1990 team finished 16-5-4, and the 1991 squad went 19-2-3.
The 1992 and 1993 Blue and Gold teams reached NCAA regional play, while posting 17-2-2 and 17-1-3 records, respectively. Farmer left Ithaca's South Hill with a 78.6 winning percentage. He was named the 1989 National Coach of the Year, the 1992 New York State Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and the Empire Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1989. On Sept. 26, 1998, Farmer was inducted into the Ithaca College Hall of Fame.
During his tenure at Ithaca, he coached 12 All-Americans and 23 players who made the all-region team. It's obvious that Farmer possesses the proven ability to motivate his players to higher levels.
In addition to coaching collegiate players, Farmer has coached for 13 years in the United States Olympic Development Program. In April 1998, he coached the Region One Under-19 Girls Team through five games in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In the spring of 1999, he guided the East Region Under-19 Team, which included Nittany Lions Emily Oleksiuk and Christie Welsh.
Farmer began his coaching career as an undergraduate with the St. Lawrence junior varsity squad. He coached the Town of Webb boys junior varsity to a 44-12-6 mark from 1976-79 and then led the school's girls varsity team to a 95-26-1 slate from 1980-86, winning six league and two regional titles.
A native of Old Forge, N.Y., Farmer was a letterman on the soccer, skiing, and track teams at Town of Webb High School before attending St. Lawrence University. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1974 and was a three-time letterwinner in soccer and skiing. He earned a master's degree in secondary education from his alma mater in 1976.
Farmer has two children: a daughter, Courtney (23), and a son, Cord (21), a senior at Penn State.
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