|Previous College:||Massachusetts, 1994|
TedPriestly is in his third season as the head men’s soccercoach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2011. In his first twoseasons, Priestly’s teams went 9-20-5 as two playerswere named to All-Patriot League teams (Kyle Miller, 2009 &2010 and Tom Van Grinsven, 2010). He also had four student-athletesearn Patriot League weekly honors and 12 were named to thePatriot League Academic Honor Roll. Priestly came to Holy Crossfrom UMass-Lowell, where he served as the head men’s soccercoach from 1997-2008. He posted an overall record of 131-76-28during his 12 seasons with the River Hawks, with his team posting awinning record in each of the last 10 years. Priestly ledUMass-Lowell to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a pair ofappearances in the national quarterfinals. His teams also finishedthe season ranked in the NSCAA Division II top 25 on fiveoccasions.
During the2008 season, Priestly led the River Hawks to an overall record of13-4-4. His team shared the Northeast-10 Conference regular seasontitle and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.Priestly previously won Northeast-10 Coach of the Year honors in2007, when he led UMass-Lowell to an overall record of 12-4-4 and atrip to the NCAA Tournament round of 16. His 2007 and 2008 teamsboth finished the season ranked ninth in the nation in the NSCAADivision II poll.
In 2004,Priestly’s team won the Northeast-10 Tournament title andmade an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, with an overall recordof 15-3-2. He also led the River Hawks to the Northeast-10Tournament crown in 2003, when the team advanced to the NCAATournament quarterfinals, posted an overall mark of 15-5-2 andfinished the year ranked seventh in the nation.
Followingthe 2003 season, Priestly was named the NSCAA New England DivisionII Coach of the Year, the New England Intercollegiate Soccer LeagueDivision II Coach of the Year and the Eastern Massachusetts SoccerCoaches Association College Coach of the Year. He also won NewEngland Intercollegiate Soccer League Division II Coach of the Yearhonors in 1999, when he led UMass-Lowell to an overall mark of11-8-0 and the seventh-best turnaround in Division II.
During his12 years at UMass-Lowell, Priestly had six players earn All-Americahonors, while 22 of his players were named All-New England and 40River Hawks were named All-Northeast-10 Conference. He also servedon the NCAA Tournament selection committee from 1997-2001, and wasa coach at the New England Revolution’s Youth DevelopmentAcademy in 2002.
Prior tohis time at UMass-Lowell, Priestly spent two years as an assistantcoach at Wheaton College in 1995 and 1996. He was also a coach forthe Massachusetts youth state team in the U.S. Olympic DevelopmentProgram.
A nativeof Westford, Mass., Priestly graduated from UMass-Amherst in 1994with a degree in political science. He was a three-yearletterwinner on the Minuteman soccer team as a defender.
Priestlyresides in Chelmsford, Mass., with his wife, Melanie, and theirchildren, Luke and Madeline.