The College of Chicago males’s soccer crew is made up of All-People and veterans. Nevertheless it’s their rookie head coach who makes historical past.

Julianne Sitch guided the college to an undefeated file and the primary seed within the NCAA Division III Last 4making her the primary girl to educate a males’s soccer crew on the Championship Match.

Sitch might make extra historical past on Saturday. If the College of Chicago Maroons win the Division III nationwide championship sport, she would be the first girl to educate a males’s soccer crew to a nationwide championship.

“It provides younger ladies one thing to aspire to,” she instructed CBS Information. “If they’ll see it, they’ll dream it, they’ll consider it, after which aspire to be that.”

Sitch’s journey started as a 5-year-old enjoying on boys’ groups and continued as an expert participant in Australia, Sweden and the US. She took over the Maroons in April and have become one in every of solely two ladies to educate an NCAA Division III males’s soccer crew.

“I’ve coached lots of younger ladies, however I’ve additionally labored with lots of younger boys and I believe on the finish of the day you are teaching athletes,” she stated.

Though this can be a first for many crew members, they’re fast to inform you that intercourse has nothing to do with profitable. The truth that she is a girl was by no means “an enormous, pressing factor,” stated Griffin Wada, who’s a crew captain and a senior.

“She’s only a calm presence,” he stated.

“As soon as we stepped onto the court docket, our sport spoke for itself and was a testomony to her teaching skills,” stated junior goaltender Will Boyes.

For Sitch, intercourse would not actually have a lot to do with teaching both.

“Every coach has one thing totally different to supply,” she stated.

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