DURHAM, N.H. – UNH women’s soccer head coach Michael Jackson announced Monday that Carly Draper has been hired to join the staff as an assistant coach.
“We are very excited to have Carly join our program,” Jackson said. “Her knowledge of the game and experience as both a player and coach at the collegiate level will prove to be a valuable asset as we work toward our goal of winning an America East championship.”
Draper, who will work with the Wildcat goalkeepers, comes to Durham after a two-year stint as a graduate assistant with Loyola (Md.) College, where she also worked with the goalkeepers and received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in May 2009.
Draper, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, helped guide the Greyhounds to a 10-6-4 record in 2008, including a 7-0-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference mark that clinched the regular season championship before Loyola fell in the tournament title game. Goalkeeper Brittany Henderson garnered MAAC All-Conference First Team honors with a 5-0-1 record to go along with three shutouts, a 0.40 goals-against average and an .864 save percentage in conference play.
Henderson was even better in 2007, recording eight of her nine wins via shutout while posting a 0.97 GAA and an .854 save percentage that was 28th best in the nation. She posted six shutouts, a 0.24 GAA and a .944 save percentage in conference play en route to being named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team and Tournament MVP. The Greyhounds went 10-6-5, including 5-0-4 in the conference and captured the MAAC Championship, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament where they faced Virginia in the first round.
Draper was also an assistant coach on the Maryland ODP team, leading the 1993 girls to the regional semifinals in both 2008 and 2009. The team also toured Denmark and Sweden during March 2008.
Draper put together a successful career at St. Lawrence University where she was a four-year letterwinner. She started at goalkeeper for the Saints in all 66 games from 2003-06, earning All-Liberty League Honorable Mention after her junior and senior years.
In 2007, Draper played over 1,600 minutes in goal, posting a 1.24 GAA and an .800 save percentage. The Saints finished with a 9-7-1 record, closing the year with four straight victories.
Over the span of her career, Draper notched 23 shutouts, including six during her senior season, while helping the Saints to a 32-29-5 record.
During the spring of 2007, Draper was an intern coach for the St. Lawrence women's soccer program, assisting the head coach in practice planning and implementation and strength and conditioning.
Draper graduated from St. Lawrence in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Exercise Science. While at St. Lawrence, she was a recipient of the Andrew and Rosellen Welti Scholarship and earned the Bradley R. Evers Outstanding First-Year Student Award.