MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach Joel Bancroft and the Saint Anselm College women's soccer program are excited to announce the addition of Jeff Bailey, one of the winningest coaches in Division II history, as an assistant coach.
Bailey was the head coach at Franklin Pierce University from 1996-2016, leading the Ravens to three national championships (1996, 1997, 1999), 11 conference titles, 15 berths in the NCAA Tournament and a record of 330-79-28 (.787) over his 21 seasons. At the start of the 2017 season, his .787 winning percentage ranked fifth all-time in Division II and 17th across all divisions, while his 330 victories were sixth-most in Division II and 33rd all-time across all divisions.
"I am very excited to announce the addition of Jeff Bailey to our staff," said Bancroft. "Our program just got better in many ways – his knowledge of the NE10 and all of women's soccer at the Division II level is something you cannot put a value on. The success of Jeff's programs are a standard to which we all measure ourselves against."
A five-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England Region Coach of the Year, Bailey coached 46 All-America selections, 84 all-region choices and 65 All-Northeast-10 Conference honorees during his time in Rindge, as well as 13 conference players of the year. His teams also excelled in the classroom, producing 25 CoSIDA Academic All-District and 11 Academic All-America honorees.
"I am really looking forward to working with this talented group of student-athletes," Bailey said. "I would like to thank Joel for the opportunity to be part of the program and I am confident that the team will continue its progress next year."
A 1992 graduate of Franklin Pierce, Bailey was inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a member of the 1991 men's soccer team that was the first Ravens team to advance to the NCAA Final Four and that team was also inducted into the institution's Hall of Fame in 2007.
During his playing days at Franklin Pierce, Bailey was a two-time NSCAA All-America selection, a three-time All-New England choice and a four-time All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) honoree while serving as a three-year team captain. As a midfielder and defender, he scored 18 goals and recorded 33 assists for 69 points to rank 14th in program history in points. He was also a two-time First Team NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-America recipient and went on to play professionally for six seasons, five with the Cape Cod Crusaders.
Bailey and his wife, Beth, live in Londonderry, N.H. with their two daughters, English and Darby.