DURHAM, N.H. – Marty Scarano, director of athletics at the University of New Hampshire, announced Thursday the hiring of Steve Welham as the new head coach of the women's soccer program.
"We are very excited to announce the hiring of Steve Welham as the new head coach of our women's soccer program," Scarano said. "He has an impressive body of work within our league. Working alongside Sue Ryan, the well-respected head coach of Stony Brook, they have built a successful program. UNH aspires to do the same and regularly compete in the NCAA tournament."
"I want to thank Marty Scarano, Michelle Bronner and the entire UNH family who showed great support and professionalism throughout the entire process," Welham said. "I am humbled and honored to be New Hampshire's next women's soccer head coach."
"I am very optimistic for the future of the Wildcats program and look forward to building a winning culture in a positive, dynamic and competitive manner both on and off the soccer field," Welham said.
"The search committee did a tremendous job throughout the course of the selection process and I am pleased with the outcome," added Scarano, who served as chairperson. "I know that Steve will have an immediate impact upon his arrival."
Welham comes to Wildcat Country after spending the last eight seasons at Stony Brook University. From 2006-08, he served as an assistant coach until being promoted to the level of associate head coach in 2009. While with the Seawolves, Welham's primary responsibilities included working with goalkeepers and the back defensive line as well as running and assisting with full-team training sessions. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.
In 2013, Welham helped Stony Brook earn a share of the America East regular season title after posting a conference mark of 6-2-0 to go along with an overall record of 11-6-2. Under Welham's tutelage, goalkeeper Ashley Castanio was named the 2013 America East Goalkeeper of the Year, an All-Conference First Team selection, and to the All-Tournament Team. In 2012, the Seawolves captured their first America East championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Stony Brook reached at least the semifinal round of the AE tournament in six out of the last eight seasons with three championship game appearances in the last six years.
Prior to Stony Brook, Welham spent two seasons (2004-05) at Boston University as the assistant coach/goalkeeper coach of the men's squad. In his first season, the Terriers took home the America East regular season championship, the America East title and defeated Dartmouth College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Welham spent the 2003 season as an assistant coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. There, his responsibilities included goalkeeper training, video analysis, scouting and fundraising. The Mariners advanced to the Skyline Conference championship in his one season and were ranked as high as sixth in the nation.
Welham, a 1999 magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology, achieved dean's list status a total of seven times. He was a member of the Big East Academic All-Star Team as a freshman, sophomore and junior and was named the Seton Hall University Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. Welham was also the recipient of the Seton Hall Merit Scholarship. He received his master's degree in Counseling with a specialization in Sport Psychology in May 2003 from Boston University.
Welham played professionally with the South Jersey Barons of the United Soccer League, was invited to try out with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer (2001) and was invited to preseason camp for the Philadelphia KiXX of the Major Indoor Soccer League (2000-01).
Welham is equipped with an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, an NSCAA National Advanced Goalkeeping Diploma (Level III) and the United States Soccer Federation National "A" Coaching License. He is a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I goalkeeping staff, the U.S. National Scouting Staff for Goalkeepers and the USSF national scouting staff.
Since the inception of the America East Conference in 1996, the UNH Wildcats have qualified for postseason play 14 times, including a conference record streak of 12 consecutive appearances from 2001-2012. UNH has made six semifinal appearances (1996, 2002-06), two conference championship appearances (1998, 2007) and shared the conference regular season championship in 2007.
What they are Saying About Coach Welham:
Sue Ryan, Head Coach, Stony Brook University Women's Soccer
Steve has been a loyal, dedicated and hard working member of our Stony Brook women's soccer staff for the past eight years. He has had a wonderful impact on the lives of many student athletes. All of us here in the Stony Brook family wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward in his coaching career.
Nancy Feldman, Head Coach, Boston University Women's Soccer
"Steve has established himself as a respected professional in the collegiate coaching ranks. A student of the game, he has both the passion and enthusiasm for coaching and recruiting and knows what it takes to build an America East Championship caliber team, having been instrumental in putting one together at Stony Brook."
Neil Roberts, Head Coach, Boston University Men's Soccer
"I am happy for UNH and Steve and I knew it was only a matter of time before Steve got an opportunity. UNH gets a high character and high quality coach and this is definitely a great opportunity for him. It is an exciting time for UNH."
Kazbek Tambi, Former U.S. U-17 National Team Coach (World Cup Finalist), Former Seton Hall University Women's Soccer Head Coach
"UNH is extremely lucky to have Steve take on the leadership of this program. Steve's knowledge, experience, work ethic and passion for the game will serve to propel the program to new heights."
For more information on UNH women's soccer, visit www.UNHWildcats.com.