Coach Terri Patraw's Soccer Career
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arizona State University, Terri Patraw has also been a former college athlete, business owner, and head soccer coach. She earned a Division I soccer scholarship from the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in Journalism.
As a student-athlete, she competed in the 1988 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four, and in 1990, her team was ranked second in the nation. During her career she was named a Central Region All-American and she was a member of the All Big-Ten Academic Team.
Patraw began her coaching career while still in college, leading several high school teams in Madison, Wisconsin. In December 1991, after earning a B.A. in Journalism, she chose to remain in the area and continue coaching for another few months before accepting a Region II Olympic Development Program Staff Coach position with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) as a National "A" Licensed Coach.
She later became the Assistant Soccer Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Kentucky (1993-1994) and Washington State University (1994-1995).
Patraw then earned the distinction of being named the first Head Soccer Coach at Arizona State University (ASU). From December 1995 until January 2001, she built the program, an NCAA Division I soccer team, from its genesis. In only four recruiting classes, she led the team to the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament and national rankings, defeating several top 25-ranked teams, including the 2000 National Runner-up, UCLA.
Patraw's successful coaching, player recruitment, and administrative abilities earned her a spot as one of the top five coaches at ASU in a peer review conducted by senior administration.
After earning her M.B.A. from ASU, Patraw was named the Head Soccer Coach at the University of Nevada in 2004. There she led the program to the NCAA Tournament and Conference Championship while earning Most Improved Team in the Nation honors by the NCAA. She is the only coach in program history to lead Nevada to a winning season.