Phil Pincince, the 13th-winningest coach in NCAA Division I history, is a name synonymous with the success of Brown women's soccer.
Entering his 36th year at the helm of the Brown women's soccer program, Pincince is the longest standing coach in women's soccer today. Year after year, the winning tradition has continued on Stevenson Field under the careful direction of Pincince. Heading into the 2012 season, Phil has accumulated a 294-224-48 overall record in his 35-year career while leading the Bears to 12 Ivy titles (including nine in a row from 1982-90) and six NCAA appearances. Widely respected for his coaching and recruiting skills, Pincince has had 23 winning seasons and has directed Brown to five perfect Ivy campaigns. During an eight-year span from 1983-1990, Brown was nearly unbeatable in Ivy play, losing only once in 47 contests, including a 27-game unbeaten streak.
In 2000, he led Brown to a 13-4 record and a 5-2, third place finish in the Ivy League, while earning distinction as the most improved team in the country based on overall record. The 2000 season tied the school record for victories in a season at Brown and the Bears were ranked in the national top-20 for the first time since the 1994 season. In addition, he coached the program's ninth All-American in Michaela Rooney '01 and had its first athlete selected for the Umbro Select Senior Soccer Classic. The Class of 2004 was Pincince's first class in his 32-year history to enter Brown as 10 student-athletes and leave with the same 10 student-athletes. In 1994, Pincince's Brown team posted an 11-5-1 overall record, and captured the Ivy League title with a 6-0-1 Ivy record, Phil's 12th in 15 years. His team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
When he arrived at Brown in 1977, he inherited a fledgling team with a seven-game schedule. During his first season on the job, he expanded the schedule from seven to 14 games and brought in a talented class of 10 rookies that would contain his first All-American player.
From there, he developed the Brown women's soccer program into a nationally respected team and a virtual Ivy League dynasty. At the national level, the Bears placed in the top 20 national rankings throughout the 1980's while producing eight All-American soccer players. In the Ivy League, Brown has posted an impressive 117-85-21 Ivy record over the last 33 years, and swept every title in the 1980s except for 1981, winning three titles in the 1990s.
During the 1984 campaign, his most celebrated season to date, Pincince led the Bears to a 13-1-1 overall record and a No. 2 final national ranking. The 1984 team, which held the No. 1 spot for two weeks during the season, surrendered only three goals in 15 games that fall as Pincince was named the National Coach of the Year by both the ISAA and Soccer America.
A Woonsocket, Rhode Island native, Phil came to Brown in 1977 after graduating from Rhode Island College. He lettered four years in soccer and was annually one of the top scorers on the team. A forward, he served as a tri-captain his senior year.
Phil was recently inducted into the Rhode Island College Soccer Hall of Fame and in 1996 he was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame. In February 2002, Pincince was honored by Words Unlimited with the Frank Lanning Award, given to a person who has demonstrated a selfless commitment to athletics. A strong advocate for women's sports, Phil has served on many committees for the advancement of women's soccer throughout his career. He was on the first EAIAW Region I Soccer Championship Committee, and was president of the New England Intercollegiate Women's Soccer Association (NEWISA) from 1978-80. From 1989 to 1994, Phil served on the NCAA National Soccer Committee and served as its chair in 1993 and 1994. Phil has served as the chair of both the NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Rules Committee (1999-2002) and the NSCAA Division I Women's Soccer All-American Committee (2000-2005). Phil holds a USSF "A" coaching license, as well as a premier license from the NSCAA.
Phil and his wife, Janet, live in Cumberland, Rhode Island. They are the parents of two children, Stephanie, a 2006 graduate of Brown, and Brian, a 2008 graduate at St. Anselm's College. Stephanie, who completed a Master's in Occupational Therapy from Tufts in 2011, is currently an elementary school occupational therapist in the Medford, MA school system. Brian, who was an assistant coach at Brown for two years, is currently an assistant women's soccer coach at Army.