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Women’s Soccer Announces Sara Butler As New Assistant Coach

Women's Soccer Announces Sara Butler As New Assistant Coach

COLLEGE PARK, MD — Maryland women’s soccer head coach Meghan Ryan Nemzer announced the addition of assistant coach Sara Butler to the staff. Butler will join the Terrapins’ women’s soccer program as the team’s goalkeeper coach. Butler joins the staff from Saint Francis University, where she was previously the head coach for the Red Flash.

“Sara has a brilliant soccer mind and we are thrilled with this addition to our coaching staff”, said Coach Nemzer. “Her ability to communicate, connect and share her passion for the game to our student athletes made her the clear choice during the hiring process.  Not only has Sara produced top notch Goalkeepers but she will be a huge benefit and resource to all our student athletes with her engaging personality.  I am looking forward to working with her to continue to build our championship vision and culture. 

In the 2023 season, Butler became the fifth-fastest Saint Francis women’s soccer coach to reach 10 wins at the program. Butler accomplished the feat in just 31 games at the helm. In 2023, Butler coached Sarah McConnon to Second Team All-Northeast Conference selection after posting a career bests in goals against average (1.42) and save percentage (.788). In her first year as head coach at Saint Francis in 2022, Butler led the program to seven wins and an appearance in the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals. 

Before becoming the head coach at Saint Francis, Butler was an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure for one season. In that one season, Butler coached an Atlantic-10 first-team performer, a second-team honoree and two All-Rookie team selections. Goalkeeper Chiara Gottinger led the Atlantic 10 and was sixth in the nation in saves (119) and earned A-10 All-Freshman team honors under Butler’s tutelage. Gottinger also led the A-10 in saves per game (6.26), while ranking second in the conference in save percentage (.832) and third in shutouts (six). Gottinger’s six shutouts tied the St. Bonaventure single-season shutouts record while her Goals Against Average of 1.19 stands second in program history. Saint Bonaventure registered its best winning percentage and first winning conference season since the 2013 campaign with a 7-8-4 overall record and 5-4-0 mark in the Atlantic-10.

Prior to her lone season at St. Bonaventure, Butler was an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky…

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