HEAD COACH | CHRIS PETRUCELLI
Two-time National Coach of the Year and 1995 NCAA Championship Coach (Notre Dame), Chris Petrucelli, enters his 7th season (2018) as SMU Head Women’s Soccer Coach. A veteran in his 29th year as a head coach, Petrucelli was named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year in both 1994 and 1995 and was lauded as the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. 2016 season landed him AAC Coach of the Year honors. In 28 years as a head coach, Petrucelli has compiled a 393-165-49 (.688) record.
In his second season on the Hilltop (2013), SMU won nine games and had two players earn All-American Athletic Conference recognition. He also won his 350th career game as a Division I head coach in SMU’s 6-1 victory over ULM on Aug. 23, 2013. In his first season at SMU (2012), Petrucelli led the Mustangs to an undefeated record at home (5-0-2) and four Mustangs took all-conference honors.
The 2016 team earned a 3rd place finish in AAC regular season and runner-up in the conference tournament. This earned them a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. SMU ended the 2016 season with one player earning All-Region honors and 6 players earning All-Conference honors.
SMU recorded the most shutouts since 2006 with 8 during the 2017 season. 2017 also brought the 400th program win for Women's Soccer and this team was ranked as high as #22 in the country by the US Soccer Coaches Poll. Seven players on the 2017 team received post season, All-American/Region/Conference/Academic accolades.
The seven-time conference Coach of the Year came to the Hilltop after spending 13 seasons as head coach of the Texas women’s soccer program where he compiled a 165-88-26 mark and signed some of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Under his tutelage, Texas captured back-to-back Big 12 postseason titles (2006-07) and the program’s first Big 12 regular season title in 2001. He guided the Longhorns to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-08, 2010-11), including runs to the third round (round of 16) in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Chris is a former U.S. Under-21 National Team coach and Head Coach for Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP). He is also the liaison for U.S. Soccer North Texas Training Center.
“I’m excited to be a part of such a fine university,” said Petrucelli. “SMU’s Athletic Department has shown a great commitment to soccer over a long period of time.