SU Coach Nominated for Sports Star of the Year

2011-12-07
By Diana Chamorro
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The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC) has named Seattle University head women’s soccer coach Julie Woodward as one of the nominees for Female Sports Star of the Year. The 77th annual award show is presented by ROOT SPORTS and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Benaroya Hall.     

Woodward is coming off a milestone season, where she earned her 200th career coaching victory and further cemented her legacy in the Seattle U Athletics record books. She currently boasts an all-time 205-80-26 record and a .701 winning percentage, and is the winningest female coach and the No. 5 winningest coach in a single sport at Seattle U. Woodward just completed her 15th season at the helm of the Redhawk women’s soccer program, amassing 14 winning seasons, including a 12-6-1 overall record in 2011.     

This year Woodward was ranked by the NCAA in both the Division I and II coaching record books. Entering the 2011 season, among active coaches with less than five years of experience at the DI level, she is No. 2 in victories and is the No. 5 winningest coach. She also is the No. 19 winningest coach among active DII coaches.    

Fans are encouraged to vote, by clicking: Female Sports Star of the Year. Voting is open until Friday, Jan. 20. For a complete list of nominees for the Sports Star of the Year categories, please visit: SSC 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year    

Four former Seattle U affiliates have won the Sports Star of the Year award: John O’Brien (1952), Pat Lesser Harbottle (1955), Elgin Baylor (1958) and Bill Fenton (1973).    

Female Sports Star of the Year Nominees: 

  • Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga University Basketball) 
  • Jenn Salling (University of Washington Softball) 
  • Julie Woodward (Seattle University Women’s Soccer Head Coach) 
  • Maddie Meyers (Northwest High School Runner) 
  • Queen Underwood (USA Boxing)