288-42-20 (.851)/17th season
1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006 NSCAA New England Region Coach
of the Year
Jeff Bailey is entering his 17th season as head coach of the Franklin Pierce University women's soccer program in 2012. He also serves as Assistant Athletic Director at the University.
Bailey took over a program in 1996 that was fresh off its second-straight NCAA Division II National Championship and kept building on the success by capturing three more national titles in 1996, '97 and '99.
Bailey has established himself as one of the winningest head coaches in NCAA history with a 288-42-20 record over 16 seasons. His .851 winning percentage ranks in the top-five among all-time winningest active soccer coaches regardless of Division and gender and leads all active NCAA Division II coaches. The .851 mark is also tops all-time among Division II coaches who have spent a minimum of 10 years on the bench. Bailey's 288 career victories rank fourth among all-time Division II mentors.
In conference play, Bailey's record is impeccable. After Franklin Pierce completed a seven-year run in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) without losing a match (30-0 with Bailey), the Ravens have gone in 12 seasons in the Northeast-10 Conference with a 163-23-15 (.848) conference record under coach Bailey. Since joining the NE-10, the Ravens have won seven Conference Tournament titles and captured five-straight regular season championships (2001-2005). The seven-straight NE-10 Tournament titles are conference records for both total and consecutive championships.
In 2001, he reached the 100-win plateau with a 5-0 victory over Pace University on September 8, in just his 108th game coached, matching former Boston College football mentor Gil Dobie as the third fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 victories. In 2006, Bailey notched career win No. 200 with a season-opening 2-0 victory over Holy Family University on August 25th in just his 221st career match.
Under his tutelage, the program has earned 46 All-America honors, 84 all-region honors, 59 All-Northeast-10 Conference honorees and 19 NECC all-stars for a total of 78 all-conference honorees. Bailey's players have earned conference player-of-the-year honors 13 times (four NECC, nine NE-10). Pauliina Miettinen was a three-time NECC Player of the Year, while Meghan Welcome, Laura Hislop and Gabriela Demoner were tabbed NE-10 Player of the Year twice each. Hislop (2003) and Pauliina Auveri (1997) each also earned National Player of the Year accolades from the NSCAA.
Bailey's teams are not only one of the top programs on the field, but also in the classroom. He has produced 25 CoSIDA Academic All-District and 11 CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees. In 1996, Franklin Pierce earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)-Umbro Team Academic Award for its performance on and off the field.
While not recognized with a Conference Coach of the Year award in his career, Bailey has earned NSCAA/adidas New England Region Coach of the Year accolades five times (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006), including three-straight and four of the last 11 seasons. Reader's Digest recognized Bailey as "Best All-Around Coach" as part of its "America's 100 Best" issue in May 2005, naming the 100 best people, places, ideas and innovations found only in America. Bailey also appeared in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the Feb. 14, 2000 issue of Sports Illustrated for leading the Ravens to their third National Championship in four years.
Bailey, a 1992 graduate of the University, was honored by Franklin Pierce for his efforts as a student-athlete and head coach when he was inducted into the College's Athletics Hall of Fame in October, 2000. In 2007, Bailey and his teammates from the 1991 Franklin Pierce men's soccer team, were inducted into the University's Athletics Hall of Fame collectively as the first NCAA Final Four soccer program in Franklin Pierce history.
Bailey, as a midfielder and defender on the first Franklin Pierce men's soccer team to reach the NCAA Division II Final Four, was unflappable. Nicknamed "Wheels," Bailey was perhaps the finest student-athlete ever to graduate from the College. He was a two-time NSCAA All-America selection, earning first-team honors in 1992, and ranks 14th among Ravens all-time scorers with 18 goals and 33 assists (69 points). He was a three-time All-New England player and four-time All-NECC standout, serving as captain for three seasons.
Bailey was an equally proficient student. A dual major in finance and international business, he maintained a 3.8 cumulative grade point average and made the Dean's Honors List each semester. He twice earned first-team NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America honors and was named the 1992 Walter Peterson Male Student-Athlete of the Year at Franklin Pierce.
Bailey also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Manchester in England. Prior to accepting the women's soccer/assistant athletic director role, he was a senior international account controller for State Street Bank in Quincy, Mass.
Bailey spent six years playing professionally, five with the Cape Cod Crusaders, and one season with the Phantoms of New Hampshire of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Northeast Division. In the summer of 1997, while playing for Cape Cod, Bailey also played for the Worcester Wildfire of the A-League, a feeder program to the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS).
Bailey and his wife Beth, a 1990 Franklin Pierce graduate and former soccer player, live in Londonderry, N.H., with two daughters, English and Darby.
|1996 (NCAA Champions)||18||1||0||8||0||0||NECC Champions|
|1997 (NCAA Champions)||21||0||0||7||0||0||NECC Champions|
|1998 (NCAA Semifinalists)||21||1||0||8||0||0||NECC Champions|
|1999 (NCAA Champions)||20||1||0||7||0||0||NECC Champions|
|2000 (NCAA Semifinalists)||18||3||2||11||1||2||NE-10 Tournament Champions|
|2001 (NCAA Semifinalists)||22||1||0||14||0||0||NE-10 Regular Season/ Tournament Champions|
|2002 (NCAA Semifinalists)||18||1||2||12||0||2||NE-10 Regular Season/ Tournament Champions|
|2003 (NCAA Runners Up)||22||3||0||13||1||0||NE-10 Regular Season/ Tournament Champions|
|2004 (NCAA Elite Eight)||20||1||1||13||1||0||NE-10 Regular Season/ Tournament Champions|
|2005 (NCAA Final Four)||19||2||2||12||1||1||NE-10 Regular Season/ Tournament Champions|
|2006 (NCAA Elite Eight)||18||3||1||12||2||0||NE-10 Tournament Champions|
|2007 (NCAA Runners Up)||18||2||5||9||1||4|
|2008 (NCAA Tournament)||15||4||2||11||2||1||NE-10 Regular Season Co-Champions|
|2009 (NCAA Regional Finalists)||18||5||1||12||2||1||NE-10 Runners Up|
|2010 (NCAA Tournament)||14||6||1||10||4||1||NE-10 Runners Up|
|16 seasons (.851)||288||42||20||163||23||15|