Patrick Farmer enters his third year as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his start at UW, Farmer spent 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach, where he accumulated a 261-97-40 (.706) record. In 2007 Farmer was ranked as the 13th-winningest coach (by victories) among active NCAA Division 1 women's soccer coaches. He has achieved tremendous success at all levels of the collegiate game, as well as in the professional and high school ranks. For more than 30 years, Farmer has made his impact as a coach and teacher. Farmer arrives to Wisconsin from Syracuse where he led the Orange to a 23-41-9 record, including a 7-8-4 mark in 2007. He led Syracuse to the 2005 Big East tournament for the first time since 2001. Farmer joins Wilkins and associate coach Tim Rosenfeld after coaching together at Penn State where Farmer was the head coach from 1994-2000. Farmer hired Wilkins on as an assistant where she stayed until getting the head coaching job upon Farmers departure. Rosenfeld was also an assistant to Farmer from 1996-1998.
A Collegiate Pillar
A two-time national coach of the year honoree, Farmer has turned programs into perennial powers at every stop in his coaching career, including producing two national championship teams at Division III Ithaca and building Penn State, a school that had no women's soccer program prior to his arrival, into a national title contender.
During his career, Farmer also coached one season at Tennessee Tech and spent two seasons as the head coach of the New York Power in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). His experience, both professionally and at the college level, makes him one of the most-respected women's soccer coaches in the country.
Appointed at Ithaca in 1987, he immediately guided the program to its first NCAA Division III playoff appearance. By his second season the team was starting a stretch of four consecutive trips to the NCAA semifinals. Farmer was named the 1989 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III National Coach of the Year. In 1990 and 1991, Ithaca won the Division III national championship. The Bombers made two more trips into the NCAA Tournament under Farmer before he completed his seven-year tenure with a 110-23-23 (.779) record and seven straight appearances in the NCAA postseason. His Ithaca teams produced eight All-Americans and Farmer was inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
After his stint with Ithaca, Farmer was hired to start the women's soccer program at Penn State in 1994. After one season, he guided the Nittany Lions into the NCAA Division I Tournament. They reached the national quarterfinals for the first of three consecutive campaigns in 1998 and then, in 1999, advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina. Farmer was the NSCAA Division I Coach of the Year for his performance. Overall, his club's record in his seven seasons at Penn State was 123-34-8 (.770) and included six consecutive NCAA Tournament invitations and three straight Big Ten Championships (1998, 1999, 2000). Five of his players received All-America recognition during his time with the Nittany Lions.
He moved into the professional ranks in 2001 as head coach of the New York Power in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). He led the Power to a third-place finish and the playoff semifinals in that year.
Farmer returned to the collegiate level with his appointment at Tennessee Tech in 2003. The Golden Eagles were 9-11 in his one season.
Further Farmer Background
From 1976 through 1987, Farmer was the women's soccer coach and ski coach at the Town of Webb High School. His soccer teams were 106-27-13, captured six league titles and won three sectional championships. Farmer owns a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) `A' license and a NSCAA `Premier' diploma, as well as an English FA `Prelim' badge. He has served as a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program Staff for 16 years, including the last 12 as a senior staff member with head or assistant coaching assignments. A native of Old Forge, N.Y., Farmer earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at St. Lawrence in 1974 and 1976, respectively. He was an assistant and later head men's ski coach and an assistant women's soccer coach at St. Lawrence. The Saints' soccer squad was 13-2-3 under his direction. Farmer has two children Courtney and Cord.
SOCCER COACHING CREDENTIALS
2000 Premier Diploma National Soccer Coaches Association of America
1987 Advanced National Diploma National Soccer Coaches Association of America
1982 Prelim Coaching Badge England Football Association
1980 `A' License United States Soccer Federation
1978 `B' License United States Soccer Fed