UC Davis receives third straight team academic award
MaryClaire Robinson completes her second decade as the face of UC Davis women's soccer. During her tenure, she has amassed 169 victories and a .552 winning percentage. Nine times she has led her team to 10 wins or more, which includes a stretch of eight straight seasons with win totals in double figures. In all, Robinson holds a 176-144-27 record.
In 2006, the Aggies completed the final season of a four-year transition to Division I. The year included a 9-6-2 record as well as a six-game winning streak. It was the team's best mark since 2002 and provided a springboard to the much-anticipated 2007 season. In 2008, UC Davis posted a 7-7-3 mark and, with its stingy defense, was the only Big West team to allow two or fewer goals in each contest. Most recently, 2009 saw Rochelle VanBuskirk earn the program's first ever All-Big West Conference First Team selection.
The D-I transition began with the 2003 season with 2004 being the first year of a schedule consisting exclusively of Division I teams. It was during that season the Aggies earned Soccer Buzz magazine's No. 1 ranking among first-year Division I programs.
During the previous eight seasons, from 1995-2002, Robinson amassed a 95-47-11 record as well as three first-place and three second-place conference finishes. In 1996, her team won a career-best 15 games against just four losses and one tie. That included an 8-1-1 record in the Northern California Athletic Association (NCAC) and a conference title. For her efforts, Robinson was named the NCAC Coach of the Year for the second time as well as Far West Region Coach of the Year. The team was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in UC Davis history.
Robinson's teams would later go on to win consecutive regular season divisional titles in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in 2001 and 2002.
In 2002, the Aggies had one of the finest years in program history, winning 13 games and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. During that run, UC Davis eliminated conference rival and two-time defending NCAA champion UC San Diego on its way to a national quarterfinal berth. For her efforts, Robinson was named the NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.
That season Robinson also directed the Aggies to the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament for the fourth time in five years, earning CCAA Coach-of-the-Year honors. She reached double figures in victories for the eighth straight time and the ninth time in her first 11 seasons along the Aggie sideline.
Prior to her current position, Robinson served as an assistant coach at UC Davis in 1991 and as JV head coach in 1990 where she guided the team to a 9-4 record.
As a collegiate player, Robinson won first-team All-Central Region honors four times at Colorado College and garnered first-team All-America distinction in 1989. She helped lead her teams to the NCAA title game twice, losing in 1986 and 1989 to North Carolina.
A 1990 graduate of Colorado College, Robinson has also received her teaching credential and master's degree from Sacramento State.
Robinson holds an Advanced National Diploma with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a B License with the United States Soccer Federation.
In 2006, Robinson and her teammates from their 1986 collegiate team were inducted into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame. Robinson and her husband, UC Davis alumnus Peter Brostrom, reside in Sacramento with their daughters Teaghan and Piper.