Jan. 4, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College women's soccer Head Coach Jim McGirr has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season. Athletics Director Robert G. Driscoll, Jr., made the announcement on January 4.
"I would like to thank Bob Driscoll and Father Shanley for all of the support they have given the women's soccer team," McGirr said. "I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue as the leader of the women's soccer program. I look forward to building on the success we enjoyed this season. Providence College is a special place and I am proud to be a member of the Friar family."
During the 2011 season, McGirr helped guide the Friars to the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 1994. Providence defeated Connecticut, 2-1, in the squad's regular-season finale on October 22, to secure the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST American Division.
Providence hosted Rutgers in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament, who owned the No. 5 seed in the National Division. The Friars won the match, 1-0, and advanced to the Quarterfinals against Louisville on October 30. Providence fell to the National Division champs, 2-0. Providence finished the year 8-9-4 overall and 5-6 in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars recorded nine shutouts during the season, which ties a program-best set in 1993.
Thirteen players will return to the team in 2012 from this year's roster, including All-BIG EAST selection Jenna Roncarati.
"In our organization, we talk about the importance of graduating our student-athletes and competing for championships," Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. "The women's soccer program consistently performs at a high level in the classroom, and enjoyed a wonderful year on the field this season. Returning to the BIG EAST Tournament was among the highlights of a successful fall sports season. I want to thank Coach McGirr for his efforts and leadership and look forward to future success in the program."