Travis Connell

Travis  Connell
Head Coach

15 Seasons

220-66-26 (.747)


Recently completed his 15th season as the head coach of the Western Washington University women’s soccer program … 22 total seasons as a coach with WWU soccer (men's and women's) … the Vikings won the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championship with an undefeated 24-0-1 record, putting together a 24-game winning streak after a season-opening tie … beat three-time defending champion Grand Valley State in the national championship game 3-2 in Kansas City … led the NSCAA Division II Staff of the Year ... named the 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career and fourth consecutive (2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) … coached four All-Americans (Sierra Shugarts, Emily Webster, Caitlyn Jobanek, Ashley Homer) and had eight players recognized on the All-GNAC team … WWU went 18-2-0 overall in 2017 and reached the NCAA II West Regional Championship game after winning the GNAC Championships tournament title ... coached three All-Americans (Gabriela Pelogi, Sierra Shugarts, Emily Webster) with nine players named to All-GNAC team during 2017 ... Connell and staff were named the United Soccer Coaches West Region Staff of the Year in 2017 ... Connell owns an all-time record of 220-66-26 (.747) at the helm of the women’s program and also recorded 125 wins in 14 seasons leading the WWU men’s soccer program (1998-2012) … WWU has combined to go 99-7-7 (.907) over the last five seasons with three trips to the NCAA II Final Four, recording the second-best record at the NCAA II level (Grand Valley State – 112-9-5/.909) during the span ... WWU advanced to the NCAA II West Regional Championships for the fifth time in the last six seasons during 2017 ... Vikings won third consecutive and fourth overall GNAC Championships title in 2017 while playing in title game for sixth consecutive season (all years of event) ... WWU set a GNAC record winning its fifth consecutive regular-season league title and third GNAC Tournament in 2016 … also set program and GNAC records with a 39-game winning streak (spanning 2016 and 2017 seasons) for 4th-longest winning streak in Division II history under Connell ... also had a 40-game unbeaten streak (39-0-1 to tie for 4th-longest in Division II history), 30-game home winning streak at Harrington Field, 23-game road winning streak and 64-game unbeaten streak vs. conference opponents (58-0-6) that all carried into the 2017 season ... led the Vikings to 14 consecutive winning seasons, one of the longest streaks in NCAA Division II … entered the 2017 season ranked amongst active NCAA II coaches ranks 11th in winning percentage (.736) and 23rd in wins (202) … also 14th all-time in winning percentage, 39th in overall wins at the Division II level … also is 51st all-time for coaching win percentage amongst all NCAA divisions ... named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Far West Region Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2012 … led WWU into the final national rankings in 2008 (#10), 2012 (#13), 2013 (#3), 2014 (#17), 2015 (#3), 2016 (#1) and 2017 (#8) … in 2015 the Vikings claimed their fourth consecutive (fifth overall) GNAC regular season title … won the 2012 and 2015 GNAC Championships Tournament … in 2014, Vikings were 16-1-4, won GNAC regular season title and reached the second round of national playoffs … in 2013, directed WWU to best season in program history, Vikings finishing 20-2-1 with win total being school record, reaching NCAA II national semifinals, winning West Region title, taking GNAC regular season championship and being ranked No.3 nationally in final NSCAA Top 25 Poll … In 2012, WWU had 19-4-0 record, won GNAC regular season and tournament titles and reached West Regional final … also led Vikings to regional final in 2008. 

Additional Coaching Experience:
Was WWU head men's coach for 14 seasons from 1999-2012, recording a 125-123-17 record, best in school history … GNAC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2007 and 2008, directing Vikings to league titles in 2002 and 2008 … also an assistant coach for the men’s program for three seasons … holds USSF National "A" Coaching License, highest coaching license available … Washington State ODP Boys staff coach in 1999 and coached at Oak Harbor High School from 1995-98 … was Coaching Director for WFC Rangers, a local select club in Bellingham … played two years professionally with Lafayette (LA) Swampcats, which won Eastern Indoor Soccer League title in 1998 and the Everett BigFoot, winning PDL Northwest Championship in 1997. 

Prior to WWU:
Earned bachelor's degree in 1995 at Seattle Pacific University … three-year starter, four-year letterwinner and was team captain as a senior for the Falcons … started on SPU's 1993 NCAA Division II National Championship team … scored tying goal with 65 seconds left in 6-5 national semifinal win over Florida Tech … played on four Falcon teams that reached the national playoffs … 1991 graduate of Oak Harbor High School … his father, John, was head boys soccer coach at Oak Harbor HS and his brother, Caleb, lettered four years in soccer at Seattle Pacific … he and wife Georgianne, a four-time All-America gymnast at Seattle Pacific, have one son, Gracen, and two daughters, Bella Rae and Luca Joy.

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