NEW YORK – Tracey Bartholomew, the Head Women’s Soccer Coach of Long Island University over the past 14 seasons, has been named to the position of Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Columbia University, Athletics Director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy announced today.

From 2000-13, Bartholomew presided over the successful NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer program of 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 regular season championship in 2010, 2008 and 2006. This past season, LIU Women’s Soccer made the NEC conference tournament finals for the seventh time in the past nine years.

Bartholomew was named NEC Coach of the Year in 2008 and her teams earned NSCAA Regional Rankings in six of the last seven years.  Over her career, she has 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 have also been successful off the field earning 12 straight NSCAA Team academic awards, with many student-athletes earning NEC Academic Honor Roll, four NSCAA Scholar All-East Region and an Academic All-American.

“Tracey Bartholomew is an excellent women’s soccer coach,” Dr. Murphy said.  “Her success at LIU – both on the soccer pitch and in the classroom – is indicative of what we expect at Columbia.  We are thrilled to welcome her to Columbia University and the Ivy League.”

“I am very excited at the prospect of building a women’s soccer program that meets Columbia’s standard of excellence,” said Bartholomew.  “I am truly honored and I would like to thank Dr. Murphy for giving me this tremendous opportunity to coach at one of the world’s most influential and important Universities.  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.

“Tracey possesses all the qualities and competencies we expect of a successful head coach at Columbia. She has a passion for winning – and achieving excellence,” added Murphy. “Her experience developing young women into successful soccer players and high-achieving students is exactly what we were looking for throughout our coaching search. We are confident that she will achieve great success at Columbia by winning Ivy League Championships.”