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United Soccer Coaches

Walt Chyzowych Award

1996

United Soccer Coaches

Bill Jeffrey Award

2006

FIFA Women's World Cup Champion

Coach

1991

National Soccer Hall of Fame

Builder

2008

United Soccer Coaches

Honor Award

2010

US Soccer

Werner Fricker Builder Award

2016

United Soccer Coaches

Hall of Fame

2018

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Anson Dorrance serves as the women's soccer coach at the University of North Carolina. 

 

Known as “The Dynasty”, the Tar Heels program claimed 22 national championships since beginning varsity play in 1979, with Dorrance's teams posting an 847-74-40 through the first 40 seasons. Named National Coach of the Year 6 times, Anson helped soccer women bring 20 National Player of the Year awards to Chapel Hill. 

 

From 1986-1994, he selected and coached the United States Women’s National Team, winning the first FIFA Women’s World Cup on November 30, 1991.

 

A short list of Tar Heels along with his USWNT players include Michelle Akers, April Heinrichs, Carin Jennings Gabarra, Shannon Higgins Cirovski, Mary Harvey, Carla Overbeck, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, Tisha Venturini, Cindy Parlow, Cat Whitehill, Ashlyn Harris, Heather O’Reilly, Meghan Klingenberg, and Tobin Heath.

Entering his 43rd season in 2021, Dorrance and UNC opened the UNC Soccer Stadium at the former site of historic Fetzer Field, beginning to prove that women's college soccer can sell out an on-campus home.