Lauren Sinacola Named Head Women's Soccer Coach
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard are proud to announce the hiring of Lauren Sinacola to the position of head women's soccer coach on Tuesday afternoon.
Sinacola takes the helm after spending three seasons as assistant coach for the team under former head coach Nate Norman.
"We are very excited to have Coach Sinacola stay at Western Michigan," said Beauregard. "She has had a hand in building a tremendous culture that breeds winning and sportsmanship on the field and academic excellence and citizenship off the field. We know she will continue that success."
With Sinacola as an assistant the Broncos have had unprecedented success, capturing two Mid-American Conference Tournament Championships in 2013 and 2015 and finishing as runner-up in 2014. In 2013 they pulled off the biggest upset in NCAA Women's College Cup history after upsetting No. 2 Marquette in the first round, 1-0. As an assistant she oversaw 15 student-athletes named All-MAC and an astounding 37 named Academic All-MAC.
"I would like to thank Kathy Beauregard, Dennis Corbin, and everyone else involved in the hiring process for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach at Western Michigan," Sinacola said. "I would also like to thank Nate Norman for his support and all he has done for the program here the past four seasons. He's an outstanding coach, mentor, and most importantly a great friend."
"I'm looking forward to continuing our amazing team culture on and off the field. We have a great challenge ahead of us with a target on our back from last season's championship. I couldn't be more excited to embrace that challenge with this group of student-athletes."
Prior to Sinacola joining Norman's staff she was an assistant at Olivet College in 2012 and also a volunteer at her alma mater, Michigan State. She also has experience at the club level with TNT Dynamite Soccer in Lansing as the head coach of multiple youth teams over four years. The past two years she has worked with Midwest United FC in Kalamazoo and also has coaching experience with the Olympic developmental program.
A Rochester, Mich., native she played central midfield for the Spartans and was a four-year starter. She was First Team All-Big Ten her junior season and finished her career with two Academic All-Big Ten awards, two NCAA College Cup appearances, 12 goals and 21 assists. Sinacola holds a bachelor's degree in communication and a masters in sports administration from MSU.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT LAUREN SINACOLA'S HIRE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
"I'm very proud of Lauren on this well-deserved position. I'm competent that Western Michigan has made a great choice. Lauren was a great soccer player here at Michigan State and I think she's turned into one of the finest young coaches in America." - Tom Saxton, head women's soccer coach at Michigan State University.
"WMU mad a fantastic hire today. Lauren is not only a fantastic coach, but she is a great person and has all the tools to continue the great women's soccer tradition at Western Michigan. I couldn't be happier for those student-athletes that they get such a wonderful coach to play under." - Nate Norman, head women's soccer coach at Liberty University.
"Lauren is an absolutely fantastic hire. She is a great recruiter and has an unbelievable work ethic. The women's soccer program has been one of the top mid-major programs in the country these past three years and Lauren has played a major part in the program's success. She knows what it takes to win championships, she is a proven winner as a player and a coach. The program is in great hands." - Chad Wiseman, Western Michigan men's soccer head coach.
"We had all had such an incredible experience with Coach Sinacola. She is not only an amazing coach, but she is our friend. With that being said, we are extremely excited to be given the opportunity to play under her as our head coach." - Senior captain and midfielder Liz Abro.
"There is no one more deserving of this position than Lauren and I know that with her passion and love for the game, Western Michigan's soccer program will only continue to grow and get better. Playing for her was an amazing experience and I am very excited to see the great things she's going to do now as a head coach." Lindsey Lee, three-time All-MAC defender and four-year starter at Western Michigan '12-'15.