|Hometown:||North Danville, Vt.|
|Alma Mater:||Johnson St. College (Vt).|
The only coach in Richmond women's soccer history, Peter Albright completed his 21st season at the helm of the program in 2016. One of the few coaches with a winning record in NCAA Tournament play, Albright and his 340+ wins continued into his 21st season at UR and 36th overall as a head coach. He entered the 2016 season ranked 26th in NCAA history for total coaching victories at four-year institutions.
Under Coach Albright’s leadership, the Spiders have achieved excellent levels of individual and team success. In the classroom, the program consistently achieves a 3.0 or higher team grade point average. On the field during his tenure, the Spiders have won the A-10 Championship, made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 and been ranked in Top 10 in the nation, and through the years, individual players have represented their national teams in European Championships and the World Cup and gone on to play professional soccer in the US and Europe after graduation.
The Spiders returned numerous starters in 2016 after an injury-ridden 2015 season, finishing the 2016 season with nine wins, nearly doubling their win total from 2015. Their four conference wins were the most since 2012 when the team finished with a 4-4-1 conference mark. The team ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in every offensive category, including points (114), points per game (6.00), goals (36), goals per game (1.89), assists (42) and assists per game (2.21).
After injuries derailed UR's 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Spiders bounced back into the mix in the A-10 in 2014, finishing with a 9-9-2 mark, 3-3-2 in the A-10, earning a return to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. Richmond had the league's leading rookie scorer and Rookie of the Year, Meaghan Carrigan, and two of the top five scorers (Carrigan and Ashley Riefner) as well as two of the top five assists leaders (Riefner and Shannon Colligan) in the conference. The Spiders more than doubled their scoring output from the previous season, turning in 37 goals, tied for the fourth-most in a single season at UR.
Two bright spots from the 2013 season were the appointment of Hunter Rooney to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Freshman Team, and Kristen Lybert to the All-Academic squad.
Becca Wann was tabbed the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 after capturing the league's Rookie of the Year spot the year before, making her the first Spider to win both Rookie and Player of the Year honors. She earned Second-Team All-Conference in 2012.
Richmond ended its 2011 slate having won 11 of its last 14 games, and posting the most victories since 2002. Richmond won a season-best five games in a row this season, tying a program-high streak. Richmond's 7-1-1 finish in conference play is also a program-best.
Peter came to the University of Richmond in 1995 after 15 seasons as the head men's soccer coach at his alma mater, Johnson State College in Vermont. At JSC, his teams won 11 Conference Championships, earned an overall record of 161-82-22 and appeared in two NAIA National Tournaments. He holds a USSF "A" License and an NSCAA Advance National Diploma, and is a inductee to the JSC Athletic Hall of Fame. In the inaugural season at UR the Spiders hit the ground running, winning their first two varsity contests, beating Liberty and Lehigh.
Albright earned his 100th win at Richmond on October 15, 2004 with a 1-0 victory over St. Bonaventure at First Market Stadium. He surpassed the 200-career victory plateau during the 2000 season and his 300th career win in a 2-1 victory over George Washington University on Oct 10, 2009. He has compiled a 33-year career record of 323-237-52, a winning percentage of .514 in that span.
In 2002, the Spiders captured their first Atlantic 10 title, earning the league's automatic bid to the Women's College Cup. Richmond defeated Clemson and JMU en route to a NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance before falling to eventual National Champion Portland. The Spiders' efforts were recognized as the squad ended the season with a No. 16 ranking in the final NSCAA/adidas National Poll.
In 2001, the Spiders registered a 9-3 conference mark in their first season in the Atlantic 10 while earning a trip to the tournament championship game. The team's overtime win against George Washington marked the University's first tournament victory as an all-sports member of the conference.
Albright guided the squad in 2000 to what was then their best-ever campaign. With a 13-7-0 record, the Spiders reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with an at-large bid and posted a 5-1 opening round victory over West Virginia University at the UR Soccer Complex, now Robins Stadium. Albright's peers honored him in 2000 with the CAA Coach of the Year award and he was also selected Virginia State Coach of the Year. The 2000 Team was honored as a University of Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame "Team of Distinction" at the 2008 ceremony.
In addition to their success on the field, the Spider women's soccer team has garnered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Achievement Award for 13 straight years. Spiders Women's Soccer consistently ranks among the top team GPAs among UR teams.
Peter has served UR and the community in several other capacities; as the Chair of the University Staff Advisory Council, the Chair of the NSCAA Mid Atlantic Regional Ranking committee, and as a member of the NCAA regional committee for the NCAA Tournament Selection. He served as Interim UR Lacrosse Coach in 2009, and coaches a U-11 Girls Team for the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club.
Albright's on-field coaching mastery and recruiting efforts have been instrumental in the program's growth. He helped to guide defender Jaclyn Raveia to numerous honors and place her among the nation's best as she was honored as a 2000 First Team All American and the 2000 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Raveia went on to a career in professional soccer, playing in the WUSA for the Carolina Courage and the New York Power.
Since starting the program at UR, Albright has coached Spider teams to victory against Clemson, Virginia, Tennessee, Princeton, Rutgers, Penn, Virginia Tech, Boston College, James Madison, West Virginia, and many other top programs. He is has a winning record in NCAA tournament play (3-2), and is currently the only coach in the history of UR women's athletics with an NCAA tournament win.
2002 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002 Atlantic 10 Champions
2000 NCAA Championships
2000 CAA & Virginia State Coach of the Year
Led team to Top 10 national ranking in 1999
By The Numbers:
3 Freshman All-Americans
40 All-Conference Honorees
|Peter Albright Year-By-Year Coaching Records|
|Season||W||L||T||W||L||T||Conference Rank, Notes
|2003||11||9||2||7||3||1||3rd, Tourn. Runner-up|
|2002||15||6||2||8||3||0||3rd, Tourn. Champ, NCAA 3rd Round|
|2001 (Atlantic 10)||10||9||1||8||3||0||T-2nd, Tourn. Runner-up|
|2000||13||7||0||6||2||0||T-1st, NCAA 2nd Round|
|1999||13||9||1||3||5||0||T-6th, Tourn. Runner-up|
|1998||13||7||1||5||1||1||T-3rd, Tourn. Runner-up|
|UR TOTALS (21 Yrs.)
A-10 Win Percentage: .532
|Johnson St. (15 Yrs.)||161||81||22|
|CAREER (36 Yrs.)