|Alma Mater:||Rochester '91|
In December 2013, Tracey Bartholomew was named as the Columbia Head Women's Soccer Coach becoming the third head coach in program history.
Behind a program-record 10 shutouts, including a streak of 844:32 minutes of play over eight consecutive games without conceding a goal, the team put together a phenomenal Ivy League title-contending season in 2017. The Lions finished the year competing in an overtime title match against conference champions Harvard to cap a 7-6-4 overall record and a 4-2-1 Ivy League record.
The Columbia defense was one of the best in the country, ranking in the national top-10 in every defensive category, including shutout percentage, goals-against average and save percentage, for most of the season.
Columbia earned six selections on the All-Ivy League teams in 2017, as announced by the conference office on Thursday, Nov. 10. Junior defender Natalie Ambrose earned second-team honors, along with sophomore forward Amaris Hemmings, junior midfielder Natalie Neshat, and goalkeeper Allison Spencer. Rookie defender Amalya Johnson and junior defender Kerry Manion were honorable-mention selections.
In just two seasons, Bartholomew has visibly raised the bar of Columbia soccer. In 2015, The Lions finished 7-8-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Ivy League to finish third in the conference. Third place marked Columbia's best Ancient Eight regular-season finish since 2008. The Lions placed three players on the All-Ivy League teams, with sophomore defender Natalie Ambrose on the second team and junior goalkeeper Allison Spencer and rookie forward Emma Anderson on the honorable mention squad.
In her first season at the helm, in 2014, Bartholomew quickly turned Columbia into one of the top defensive teams in the country en route to a 7-4-6 overall record and a 2-3-2 Ivy League record.
The Lions' strength came from a defense that ranked inside the NCAA top-10 in goals-against average, with an average of 0.519. The Lions also climbed up to 20th overall in shutout percentage at 0.563, totalling nine shutouts on the year. In goal, the Lions boasted three goalkeepers who posted multiple shutouts on the season: Allison Spencer, Grace Redmon, and Gabby Dubick. Spencer and Redmon both tallied three shutouts, while Dubick garnered a pair to start the season.
Columbia spread the wealth on offense with 16 different players tallying points on the season. The Lions saw at least one player from each class post an assist and a goal.
The Lions capped the season placing four players on the All-Ivy League teams. Three recieved second-team honors: senior forward Coleen Rizzo and first-year defenders Kerry Manion and Natalie Ambrose. Senior midfielder Torie Goode gained honorable-mention status.
For 14 seasons from 2000-13, Bartholomew presided over the successful NCAA Division I Women's Soccer program at Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bartholomew led the Blackbirds to three NCAA College Cup Championship Tournament appearances (2012, 2011, 2006), and won the Northeast Conference Championship in 2010, 2008, and 2006.
Bartholomew was named NEC Coach of the Year in 2008 and her teams earned NSCAA Regional Rankings in six of seven years. Over her career, she developed five NSCAA All-Regional players and 31 All-NEC players, in addition to an NEC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, and Rookie of the Year. Bartholomew's 2010 team tallied the most wins in LIU history with 15. Under her leadership, LIU won or tied 23 consecutive games at home between 2004 and 2006, which was the 12th best home-unbeaten streak in NCAA at the time. Bartholomew's teams had also been successful off the field, earning 12 straight NSCAA team academic awards, with many student-athletes making the NEC Academic Honor Roll, four selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Team, and an Academic All-American honoree.
“I am very excited at the prospect of building a women's soccer program that meets Columbia's standard of excellence,” said Bartholomew. “I look forward to working with the talented group of players already at Columbia, along with recruiting future student-athletes to help bring an Ivy League championship back to Columbia.”
After a successful playing career at the University of Rochester, where she led the Yellowjackets to four University Athletic Association titles and NCAA tournament appearances, Bartholomew began her coaching career at Colgate University, where she was an assistant coach for five years. During her time at Colgate, the Raiders won five Patriot League titles and made four NCAA tournament appearances.
Bartholomew has been a summer instructor at soccer camps for young adults and college-bound players of both genders. She was the Assistant Director of Colgate's Soccer Fit Academy for five years and a head coach at the U.S. Military Soccer Camp and the Syracuse University Soccer Camp, as well as a staff member at the University of Rochester Soccer School.
For eight years, Bartholomew was under the tutelage of some of the premier goalkeeper coaches in the nation, including Matt Clark, Bernie Watt, Joanie Schokow, and former U.S. Women's National Team coach Tony DiCicco.
Bartholomew graduated magna cum laude from Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a 3.71 GPA. She also was a member of the school's basketball team.
The successful coach and mentor added to her academic résumé in 2005, earning a Master's of Science in exercise physiology from LIU. She received the Dean's Award with a 4.0 GPA and serves as an adjunct professor in the Health Sciences Department, teaching courses in sports, physical activity and performance, neuroscience, and senior project and thesis.