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Nancy Feldman

COACHING POSITION:

Head Women's Coach, Boston University

NSCAA National Staff coach

 

BU's head women's coach Nancy Feldman transformed the program from club-level to a team that is consistently competing against the nation's top squads. BU dominated the America East, having won nine conference titles to establish itself as one of the Northeast region's elite programs, prior to BU's move to the Patriot League before the 2013 season.

Overall, Feldman has led the Terriers to 11 appearances in the NCAA tournament, nine America East Championships and two Patriot League crown. Feldman and her assistants were named America East Coaching Staff of the Year on nine occasions.

The Terriers have secured double-digit wins in all but one of Feldman's previous 19 seasons at the helm. BU has also had enormous success in conference games with five perfect seasons in America East Play and a 126-19-8 overall league record. Feldman has coach 104 All-Conference selections and 25 All-Rookie honorees in addition to eight Defenders of the Year, seven Midfielders of the Year, four Goalkeepers of the Year, five Rookies of the Year, three Strikers of the Year and three Offensive Players of the Year.

Feldman's stature in the coaching profession is evidenced by the leadership roles she holds on several important national committees. She has served as the National Chairperson of the NSCAA All-America Committee (`89-95), and with the NCAA Regional Selection Committee (`92-95). She is the holder of an USSF "B" License, and has received her Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA. Currently, Feldman is a coach in the Region I ODP and is on the staff for the NSCAA National Coaching Academy.

Follow Nancy on Twitter: @buwosoc

Interview

How did you first get involved with the NSCAA? 

I took the National Diploma course in Florida in 1986.

Tell us about your favorite (or pivotal) NSCAA memory.

Being asked by Tipp (former DOCE Jeff Tipping) to become a National Staff coach after I completed my Advanced National Diploma. Also, being selected as the recipient of the Berticelli Award.

What is your favorite NSCAA course to teach and why?

I love the National Diploma course, because it is the volunteer coach who takes a week vacation from their real job to become better for their players

What was your favorite NSCAA course to take and why?

I love the Special Topics courses surrounding the women’s game. I was a participant at the Algarve Cup Women’s Symposium a few years ago and it was a significant and real development opportunity for me

What is your favorite part about working as an NSCAA Academy Staff coach? 

I love challenging myself to be a better teacher and stay on the cutting edge of current knowledge and trends, learning from candidates and colleagues. I love giving back to the game by offering my expertise and support.

What does the NSCAA mean to you?

Support and education!

Why is it important for a coach to advance their education? 

For your players! If you keep doing things the same way you always do, you and your teaching will get stale. Keep yourself sharp and current.

Why is it important for a coach to get involved with the NSCAA?

For education and support!

In your opinion, what are 3-5 key characteristics of a “good coach?”

Willingness to work hard at the coaching and teaching craft, caring about players and their development, demonstrating and modeling character and value in coaching and teaching, have a coaching philosophy but do not be afraid to adapt and adjust as you gain experience.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger coach self? 

Be confident in what you know and your philosophy while looking to continue to improve and develop.