In 2012, Peter Albright begins his 17th
season at the helm of the University of Richmond women's soccer program where
he is the first and only head coach in the program's history. Albright guided
the Spiders to a 13-5-3 record in 2012, its most wins since 2002 and a
return trip to the A-10 Tournament.
For the first time in program history, stellar sophomore Becca Wann was tabbed the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Wann was also the 2010 A-10 Rookie of the Year, marking the first time a Spider had won both Rookie and Player of the Year honors. Richmond ended its 2011 slate having 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 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 hold 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 30 year career record of 320-180-48, a winning percentage of .640.
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 historyof UR women's athletics with an NCAA tournament win.
Albright and his wife, Karen, reside in Richmond. The couple has two children: a daughter, Allie (22) who attends UR and is a goalkeeper on the women's soccer team, and a son, Tim (19) who is a forward on the UR men's soccer team.
By The Numbers:
Overall Coaching Record: 320-180-48