Nov. 20, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University head women's soccer coach John Byford has announced his resignation following his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcat program. Byford led Villanova to a 50-53-14 mark during his Wildcat career, while his 12-year overall coaching mark currently stands at 98-92-22.
"I would like to express my gratitude to John for his dedication to our student-athletes and his support of the Villanova mission," said Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "He is a true professional and a respected colleague."
Throughout his Villanova tenure, Byford guided the Wildcats to one NCAA Tournament appearance and three Big East Tournament berths, in addition to coaching 16 All-BIG EAST selections. The Wildcats have also had four NSCAA All-Region selections under Byford's tutelage.
"In my six years at Villanova, I have been privileged to work with some remarkable young women. I wish the program every success in the future."
Villanova has also excelled in the classroom under Byford's watch. The team has counted 84 BIG EAST Academic All-Stars during the past five seasons, in addition to five selections to the Capital One Academic All-District team and 10 honorees on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area squad.
A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.