Date Posted:05/18/2007, 11:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - At their annual May meeting, the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees elected John Cullen as Women's Soccer Coach Emeritus in the Department of Athletics. Presiding over one of Bowdoin's most storied programs, John Cullen served as the head coach of the Polar Bear women's soccer team for nearly a generation, touching the lives of hundreds of student-athletes in his 22 seasons. In addition, Cullen left behind a legacy of success that will be hard-pressed to match.
In his 20 years as the solo head coach of the program, Cullen accumulated 220 victories against just 77 losses with 20 ties. Upon his retirement, his wins total ranks 15th all-time in Division III women's soccer, while his .726 winning percentage stands 14th in Division III. Across all divisions of NCAA women's soccer, he stands 33rd in winning percentage and 40th in wins.
His teams enjoyed tremendous postseason success, earning the 1987 NIAC Championship as well as the 1992 and '93 ECAC crowns. Cullen led the Polar Bears to NCAA Tournament bids each season from 1995-2000, and qualified for the NESCAC Tourmament in every season of its existence (2000-2006).
Individually, Cullen led 17 players to NSCAA All-American status, while earning several coaching honors himself. He was recognized as the NSCAA New England Coach of the Year in 1989, 1992 and 1995, and earned the organization's highest honor- the NSCAA National Coach of the Year - after leading his '92 squad to a program-best 14-2-1 mark with a 1-0 victory over Williams in the ECAC Title Game.
Cullen served as co-Head Coach of the program with Katie Sheridan '02 in 2005 and 2006, and served in several other capacities in the Department of Athletics over the years. He had a brief stint as head coach of the softball program and was an assistant for the men's ice hockey team in the 1980's. Recently, he held the post of Assistant Athletic Director at the College and also worked in conjunction with Admissions in the past few years.