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June 19, 1997

Clifton Named Villanova Women's Soccer Coach

Villanova University Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo March 12 named Ann Clifton head women's soccer coach. Clifton replaces Shelly Chamberlain who resigned in January. In his five seasons as head coach, Chamberlain guided Villanova to a 47-44-7 record.

"Ann is an outstanding person and coach whose record speaks for itself," said DeFilippo. "We are very fortunate to have her here at Villanova. She will be a wonderful addition to our women's soccer program."

Clifton comes to Villanova from Randolph High School in Randolph, N.J., where she has served as the head girls soccer coach since 1989. During her tenure at Randolph, Clifton has tallied an impressive 146-8-6 record including leading her team to five state championships in the past eight years. In addition, she has guided 32 players to NJGSCA All-State honors, 10 players to NSCAA Regional All-American distinction, while three players have earned NSCAA All-American accolades.

In the Fall of 1995, Clifton coached Randolph to the No. 1 ranked Secondary School Team in the United States.

Throughout her coaching career, Clifton has garnered numerous honors, including being named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coach-of-the-Year in 1994.

Villanova is coming off an 8-11-1 overall record and a 5-5 Big East mark. The Wildcats qualified for the Big East Tournament last season with their fourth-place finish.