INDIAN HILL, Ohio — Cincinnati Country Day School girls soccer coach Theresa Hirschauer was speechless when she heard the news.
Hirschauer was named the 2019 National Girls Soccer Coach of the Year in the Private/Parochial School category by the United Soccer Coaches. Hirschauer, the only Ohio coach among eight coaches recognized, said she was humbled by the national award.
“There is no greater calling than to be an educator and coach,” she tweeted. “I’m truly blessed.”
Hirschauer coached the CCDS soccer teams to back-to-back Division III state titles in 2018 and 2019. CCDS was 20-0-2 in 2019.
The team had a two-year record of 40-2-2. The senior class went to the state finals for three years and had a record of 71-6-5.
"This is an incredible honor," Hirschauer said in a release from the school. "I credit our players and the entire coaching staff of Brady Brandt, Brittany Woods and Olivia Robinson. The head coach gets credit, but it is a total team effort. I'm proud to represent the CCDS girls soccer program as well as the Southwest Ohio Soccer Coaches at the national convention."
Hirschauer had previously been named region coach of the year by the United Soccer Coaches for the Central Fall Region. She was one of 11 finalists for United Soccer Coaches National Coach of the Year.
The national award will be presented at the annual High School Coaches Breakfast on Jan. 17 at the Hilton Holiday Ballroom in Baltimore, in conjunction with the 73rd United Soccer Coaches Convention.
This fall was her 29th year as a head coach at CCDS. She has a career record of 389-133-41.
Hirschauer is a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame for soccer and softball and was selected as a member of the Ivy League women's Silver Anniversary Team in soccer in 1999. From 1986-89 Hirschauer led the Brown soccer team to four straight Ivy titles and two NCAA appearances. In the process she was named Ivy Rookie of the Year in 1985 and Ivy Player of the Year and All American in 1988.
Hirschauer also serves as the head of the middle school at Country Day and coaches the softball team in the spring.