Julianne Sitch

(Photography by Nancy Wong)

Making a splash

UChicago men's soccer celebrates a landmark season.

Ever shall her team be victors, indeed! Men’s soccer coach Julianne Sitch grins (or grimaces) through the customary Powerade bath following the team’s first-ever championship win on December 3. The national title was just one in a series of milestones for Sitch and the undefeated team this season. Earlier in the year, a matchup between UChicago and New York University garnered national headlines as the first NCAA men’s soccer game in which both coaches were women. Then the championship victory over Williams College made Sitch the first woman to coach a men’s soccer team to a national title. The 2–0 win was especially sweet for a program that had four previous semifinal appearances but had never advanced to the championship.

“The credit goes to the team—I mean, these guys have never had a female coach before, and they embraced me as one of their own,” Sitch told UChicago News after the game. “Just to watch them play, I’m extremely proud.”

UChicago Men's Soccer Team
The men’s soccer team prepares for its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III championships. (Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)