Phil Pincince is a name synonymous with the success of Brown women's soccer.
Entering his 39th 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 2015 season, Pincince has accumulated a 317-247-53 overall record in his 38-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 24 winning seasons and has directed Brown to five perfect Ivy campaigns. During an eight-year span from 1983-90, 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 earned a ranking 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, his 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 1980s while producing eight All-American soccer players. In the Ivy League, Brown has posted an impressive 126-98-25 Ivy record over the last 38 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, R.I., native, Pincince 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.
Pincince was 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, he 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 1989-94, he served on the NCAA National Soccer Committee and served as its chair in 1993 and 1994. Pincince 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 (2000-05). He holds a USSF "A" coaching license, as well as a premier license from the NSCAA.
He and his wife, Janet, live in Cumberland, R.I. They are the parents of two children, Stephanie, a 2006 graduate of Brown, and Brian, a 2008 graduate of Saint Anselm College. Stephanie, who completed a Master's in Occupational Therapy from Tufts in 2011, is currently an elementary school occupational therapist in the Medford, Mass., school system. Brian has served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at both Brown and Army West Point.
The Pincince File
NCAA Championship Appearances (6): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994
Ivy League Titles (12): 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994
All-Americans: 9 Student-Athletes, 11 Awards
Regional All-Americans: 10 Student-Athletes, 13 Awards
Academic All-Americans: 3 Student-Athletes, 3 Awards
Brown Athletic Hall of Famers: 10
Ivy Players of the Year: 6 Student-Athletes, 6 Awards
Ivy Rookies of the Year: 5
All-Ivy: 85 Student-Athletes, 178 Awards
Academic All-District: 17 Student-Athletes, 21 Awards
Academic All-Ivy: 32 Student-Athletes, 40 Awards
|Pincince's Record at Brown|
|Year||Overall Record||Ivy Record||Ivy Finish|
|Totals||317-247-53||126-98-25||12 Ivy Titles|