After leading her team to its first Conference Tournament title and an NCAA tournament appearance in 2006, and guiding her team to the first back-to-back winning seasons in program history, Nevada head coach Terri Patraw was turning Nevada into a force on the national scene.
Patraw led her 2006 squad to the best overall record in program history (13-5-4), including signature wins over the second (Oregon) and fourth place (Washington State) teams in the Pac-10. Nevada also made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history.
During the record-breaking 2006 season, five players were named to All-WAC teams including Samantha Miller and Jessica Wilcox who became the first players in program history to be named to the first team.
For the third consecutive season, Patraw had her incoming class ranked first in the conference by Soccer Buzz. Nevada's top returnees, coupled with Patraw's third consecutive top-ranked Soccer Buzz recruiting class, made Nevada the team to beat.
While Patraw's team shattered nearly every record during the 2005 season, the 2006 team went above and beyond rewriting the record books again as the team set program records for wins (13), points (126), goals scored (43), assists (40), shots (365), fewest goals allowed (14) and shutouts (12).
Patraw became the winningest coach in school history after just two seasons at Nevada.
In 2005, just her second season at the helm, Patraw guided the Wolf Pack to a program-best record of 11-7-2 and set the school mark with a 4-2-1 WAC record, which was good for second in the league standings. The 2005 team was tied as the most improved Division I team in the nation, improving 8.5 wins from the year before. With just one nationally ranked recruiting class in place, she led the Wolf Pack to 11 victories after turning in a 2-15-1 record in 2004.
Patraw’s squad rewrote Nevada's soccer record books in 2005. In addition to turning in bests for wins and WAC victories, the 2005 squad shattered records for goals, assists, points scored, and shutouts. A school-record five players were named to the All-WAC second team, while another five student-athletes earned conference All-Academic honors.
In addition, Nevada advanced to the semifinals in the team's first ever postseason appearance. The Wolf Pack finished with an 8-0-1 record at Mackay Stadium, becoming the first squad in school history to go unbeaten at home.
The seeds for Nevada's future success were sown during the 2004 campaign, Patraw's first in Reno. She led UNR to the program's first three-game winning streak and the first multiple-shutout season since the school's inaugural campaign in 2000. Her 2005 recruiting class was ranked 19th in the West Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine, putting Nevada as the top-ranked school in the WAC ahead of conference rivals Fresno State and Hawaii.
Aivi Luik, one of four Aussies that Patraw recruited into the program, went on to play for the Australian National Team after graduation.
Patraw, who completed a two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Arizona State University in 2003 while being away from soccer, guided ASU to a No. 13 National ranking in 2000. She built the Sun Devil program from scratch after being hired in December 1995 at age 26 to recruit a team, hire a staff and establish a nationally competitive program in the rugged Pacific-10 Conference.
Patraw led Arizona State to a record of 46-31-2 in her five seasons (1996-2000) and advanced to the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, turning in a 14-7-1 mark that year. She beat nine top 25 programs in her five years at the helm, including at least two nationally-ranked opponents each season during her final three years.
Three of Patraw’s ASU recruiting classes were ranked in the top 20, including a top 10 class in 2000, while a fourth class was ranked 10th in the West Region. She successfully recruited a National Player of the Year finalist, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, a Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, six All-America selections and 22 academic All-Pac-10 honorees.
Additionally, three of her student-athletes played on the U21 U.S. National Team, and two advanced to the U.S. National Team, with one earning a starting spot on the US Team that won the Gold Medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Four of her former players went on to professional careers in the women's professional soccer league.
An All-Central Region selection, Patraw was a starter on the University of Wisconsin's 1988 NCAA Final Four squad. She also started on the Badgers' 1990 squad that was ranked second in the NCAA. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, she also participated in the Olympic Festival as a player. Patraw earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at Wisconsin in 1991. In October of 2006, Patraw was inducted into her high school's athletic hall of fame at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota.
Patraw, who owns a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" coaching license, has been a coach for 16 years, 11 and a half in the college ranks and four and a half in high school. She served as an assistant coach at Washington State for a year and a half and spent one season at Kentucky. She served as recruiting coordinator at both schools before moving to Tempe, Ariz., to start the Sun Devil program.
She created, owned and directed the Direct Kick Soccer Camp for five summers (1993-97), a top residential soccer camp for girls in the Midwest, and was on the Region II (Midwest) Olympic Development Program coaching staff for three years (1993-96).
A former high school coach in Madison, Wis., Patraw was head coach of boys and girls teams at four Madison high schools from January 1988 to June 1992. A native of Shoreview, Minnesota, she also established and owned her own investment firm while completing her MBA in Tempe.
She also has completed two Twin Cities Marathons.