Celestin Named Associate Head Coach at Northeastern
Ron Celestin, who spent the last 21 seasons as part of the Princeton women's soccer coaching staff, has accepted a position as the associate head coach of the women's soccer program at Northeastern in Boston.
"It's a bittersweet time for Princeton women's soccer," Princeton coach Sean Driscoll said. "On one hand, we will miss Ron and all he brought to our program and community. On the other hand, this is a wonderful opportunity for Ron and his family and one he truly deserves. He has taught at an elementary school in town for 30 years and has been with the women's soccer program for over two decades. He has had a profound influence in the community and within our program. Quite simply, he is irreplaceable.
"I am personally thankful for all of his insight into the program, his efforts on behalf of all of our players, and his friendship. Ron is one of a kind and a special human being. We wish him the very best at Northeastern and know he will do great things for their program. Our loss is very much their gain and their program is extremely fortunate to have him."
During Celestin's time on staff in a tenure that began in 1995, Princeton won seven of its all-time eight Ivy League titles, made nine of its all-time 11 NCAA tournament appearances, counted seven of its eight all-time NCAA tournament wins including a run to the 2004 NCAA College Cup semifinals, had eight Ivy League Player of the Year and four Ivy Rookie of the Year honorees, and saw players recognized with All-Ivy League honors 102 times. Five times during Celestin's run with the program, Princeton players received All-America honors.
At Northeastern, Celestin will join a staff under head coach Ashley Phillips, whose first season leading the program will come this fall. The Huskies played their first season in 1996, a year after Celestin joined Princeton's program, and have been to the NCAA tournament in two of the last three seasons.
Celestin, a Princeton High School alumnus who went on to help West Virginia Wesleyan win an NAIA national title in 1984, was inducted into his high school alma mater's Hall of Fame in 2007. He has also been honored by the Princeton Public Library as an "Unsung Hero" in 2005 for his contributions to the local African-American community and was inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.
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