Julianne Sitch becomes first woman to lead a men’s team to national championship in US

Head coach Julianne Sitch of the University of Chicago Maroons directs her team in the final minute of their win against the Williams College Ephs during the Division III Men's Soccer Championship Saturday in Salem, Virginia. Getty Images/NCAA photo/Grant Halverson.

As advocates of women’s football, we tend to look at the achievements, progress and innovations of women’s football. But the advancement of women in football is just as important. Julianne Sitch is an example of that.

Julianne Sitch is a former professional player and is now a coach. She has played for Melbourne Victory, Hammarby and Chicago Red Stars before turning coach. Previously she worked for Chicago Red Stars as a coach from 2020 until 2022, before she became the head coach for the University of Chicago’s team Chicago Maroons who are a DIII team.

In the DIII national championship, they faced Williams College from Williamstown. In the end the Chicago side was too strong for their opposition and won 2-0, which meant that they secured the national championship in DIII college soccer.

And she did that with great success. She not only lead them to the DIII national championship but also became the first woman to do so while leading the men’s program. This a huge achievement for the former professional who has a bright future ahead of her in the coaching industry.

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