Women’s Soccer: Izzo-Brown Honored

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • May 25, 2011 03:46 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame Tuesday evening in Rochester, N.Y. A formal ceremony and celebration will be held Aug. 21.

Izzo-Brown, who is being inducted in the amateur coaches category, is one of 11 people, two teams and one charitable organization to be inducted. The Frontier Field Walk of Fame is a walkway within the ballpark that features notable names with ties to Rochester sports history.

An Irondequoit, N.Y., native, Izzo-Brown enters her 16th season as the only coach in Mountaineer women’s soccer history, building a one-time infant program into one of the nation’s elite.

In her previous 15 seasons, Izzo-Brown has coached seven players who went on to play professionally, 14 All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans and nine BIG EAST Players of the Year. The Mountaineers enter the 2011 season having made an appearance in each of the last 11 NCAA tournaments, the country’s ninth-longest streak.

To date, Izzo-Brown has led the Mountaineers to an impressive 207-82-32 overall record and an 82-39-17 BIG EAST mark that includes four regular season divisional titles and two tournament championships. Women’s soccer is the first WVU program to win multiple BIG EAST tournament titles.

As a player, Izzo-Brown attained All-America status at the University of Rochester, where she was a four-year starter from 1989-92. During that span, Izzo-Brown helped the Yellowjackets to a 58-10-9 record and four straight NCAA tournament appearances. In 1991, as a junior, she led Rochester to a 16-4-2 mark and a spot in the NCAA championship game.

During her career at Rochester, Izzo-Brown also earned all-East, all-region and all-league honors, while meriting Dean's List recognition all four years. Following her senior campaign, she won the prestigious Merle Spurrier Award, which recognizes Rochester's top female athlete based on leadership, academics and athletics.


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