He has seen the program grow, first when he came to the Hilltop as an assistant coach and then since taking over as the head coach in 2004. In that time, he has guided the Blue & Gray to not only be one of the best in the BIG EAST Conference, but also to be among the best in the nation.
Nolan enters his 11th year as head coach for the Hoyas in 2014, but his 16th overall on the Hilltop, having been an assistant for five years prior to being named head coach.
In his time at Georgetown, Nolan has guided the Hoyas to national prominence over the most successful period in program history, highlighted by the team advancing to the Elite Eight of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
In the past six seasons, the team has set records for most wins twice (16 in 2012 and 2013), most regular season wins (15 in 2013), most BIG EAST wins (8 in 2008 and 2011), highest BIG EAST finish (1st, winning the National Division in 2012), most shutouts (13), and a program-best start of 7-0-0 in 2010, topping 2008's campaign, starting the season with an 8-0-2 record.
Last year, the Hoyas reached the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year, tying the school record for wins in a season and finished with a 16-3-2 record, including a 10-0-2 mark at Shaw Field. The Hoyas finished in second place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 7-1-1 record. GU hosted its first ever NCAA Tournament game, beating LaSalle, 2-0, and fell in the second round, 1-0, to No. 1-ranked Virginia. Six players earned All-BIG EAST honors, including Emily Menges, who was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, and Daphne Corboz, who was tabbed the league's midfielder of the year. In addition, Menges was named a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Corboz earned second team honors.
The 2012 season was one of the most successful seasons in program history, as the Hoyas set a school record with 16 wins. Nolan was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year after leading the Blue & Gray to a 16-4-3 record and the National Division title with an 8-1-1 league record. Georgetown advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship for the first time in program history and then reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Corboz was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-America honors from the NSCAA.
In 2011, the Hoyas finished the season with a 15-6-0 overall record and an 8-3-0 mark in the BIG EAST, finishing in second place in the National Division and earning a first round bye in the BIIG EAST Tournament. GU posted a 3-1 win over Syracuse in the quarterfinals and advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals for the second time in program history. Three of Nolan's players were named All-BIG EAST First Team, including Ingrid Wells, who was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and a First Team All-American for the third time in her career.
In 2010, the Hoyas were selected to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history and advanced to the Elite Eight after wins over Siena, Maryland and Minnesota, posting the best record in school history at 15-7-2. The team earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007 and had the best overall regular season finish in program history - 13-3-2 in 2008.
Georgetown started the year with a 7-0-0 record and finished the regular season with a 13-6-1 mark, reaching the BIG EAST Championship Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven seasons with a first round bye. Led by BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-American Wells, the Hoyas boasted an offense that ranked second in the league in goals per game (2.04) and ranked among the top 30 in the country. Five players earned All-BIG EAST honors as the Hoyas advanced to the NCAA Tournament and beat Siena in the first round (5-1) before toppling No. 1 seed Maryland in the second round in penalty kicks. A thrilling 1-0 win at Minnesota in the third round advanced the Blue & Gray to the Elite Eight, where the season would end with a 2-0 loss at Ohio State. The Hoyas ended the 2010 season ranked No. 18 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
In 2009, Georgetown reached the BIG EAST Championship Tournament for the fifth time in six seasons behind one of the top offenses in the nation. The Blue & Gray averaged 2.25 goals per contest and were led by BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Sara Jordan and fellow First Team All-BIG EAST member Wells. The duo combined for 15 goals and 18 assists in leading the Hoyas to their third consecutive season of 10 wins or more.
In 2008, a high-powered offense (2.54 goals per game) was complemented by a talented defense (0.59 goals-against per game) that led to the Hoyas finishing the regular season with a 13-3-2 record and hosted the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Nolan led the program to one of the best turnarounds in the country in 2007, as the Hoyas rebounded from a 5-9-5 record the year before to finish the regular season with a 13-6-0 mark. Georgetown advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals for the first time in program history after beating No. 23 Connecticut on the road in the quarterfinals on Nov. 4, 2007.
This success earned Georgetown its first NSCAA/adidas No. 1 Regional Ranking and a series of first National Top 20 rankings by the NSCAA/adidas (No. 17), Soccer America (No. 16), SoccerBuzz Magazine (No. 19), and TopDrawerSoccer.com (No. 20) in addition to a number of national, regional and BIG EAST individual honors, highlighted by two All-Americans and the 2007 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year (Wells).
While a Hoya assistant, Nolan coordinated recruiting, developed goalkeepers and worked closely with then-Head Coach Diane Drake in all aspects of preparing the team. He brings a wide range of coaching experience to the Hilltop, having played and coached at various national and international levels.
Nolan came to Georgetown in 1999 after spending the 1998 season on the Seton Hall women's soccer staff, serving as the goalkeeper coach. Prior to his coaching stint at Seton Hall, Nolan was an assistant coach at Farleigh Dickinson University during the 1997 fall season.
A member of the National Team Pool in Ireland at the youth level, Nolan came to the United States and played soccer at Seton Hall. A four-year starter, he led the Pirates to four-consecutive NCAA tournament berths and two BIG EAST Conference championships. Selected to the 1987 BIG EAST Conference Tournament team, Nolan was named the BIG EAST Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 1991. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 1991 and later earned his MBA in 1993, also from Seton Hall.
Nolan holds a premier national license from the NSCAA and a United States Soccer Federation "A" license.
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