Entering her 24th season as the only coach in Mountaineer women’s soccer history, Nikki Izzo-Brown has built a one-time infant program into one of the nation’s elite teams.
In 23 seasons, Izzo-Brown has coached 25 players who went on to play professionally, 24 All-Americans, 27 Academic and Scholar All-Americans, 22 conference players of the year, 17 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy candidates and the 2016 Hermann Trophy award winner, the 2016 espnW National Player of the Year, two Olympic Bronze Medalists and FIFA Women’s World Cup participants and one FIFA Women’s World Cup Best Young Player honoree.
The Mountaineers enter the program’s 24th season two years removed from the team’s best-ever season in 2016, as the squad made its first NCAA College Cup appearance and finished as the NCAA National Runner-Up. WVU has appeared in each of the last 19 NCAA Tournaments, the country’s fifth-longest streak.
To date, Izzo-Brown has led the Mountaineers to an impressive 340-111-53 overall record and a 141-44-21 conference mark that includes 10 regular-season titles and seven tournament championships, including the 2018 Big 12 Soccer Championship title. Dating back to its days in the Big East Conference, West Virginia has won at least one conference title in eight of the last nine seasons. The Mountaineers won the conference regular-season title in each of their first five years as members of the Big 12, and a title sweep in 2016 was the third time the squad earned both championships.
Women’s soccer won the school’s first Big 12 championship in 2012 and was the only WVU program to win multiple Big East Tournament titles.
Izzo-Brown’s teams have been a consistent force in the national rankings and reached new levels in 2016, as the program earned its first national No. 1 ranking. WVU spent eight weeks ranked No. 1 nationally and was never ranked lower than No. 7. Additionally, WVU has defeated at least one top-10 opponent in 14 consecutive seasons.
In addition to the success she has enjoyed with the Mountaineers, Izzo-Brown has several years of experience with U.S. Women’s National Teams, including serving as an assistant at the teams’ 2012 training camps with the U.S. U-18, U-20 and U-23 squads. She also served as a scout for the 2017 U.S. U-20 squad.
Izzo-Brown has never had a losing season as a head coach and has led WVU to 19 consecutive 10-plus win seasons. Additionally, she has earned 13 combined conference and regional coach of the year awards since 2000.
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