|Title:||Head Women's Soccer Coach|
Todd Anckaitis, head coach of the Garnet since 2005, is the winningest coach in Swarthmore women's soccer history. He has been working hard in his efforts to bring the women's soccer program the same level of national distinction as the college has attained for its academics.
In 2011, his team continued to its progress in reaching new
milestones unseen in Swarthmore women’s soccer history with a
sixth straight winning season and 75 wins during that span.
The team's seven regular season conference wins in 2011 is
tied for the most along with his 2006, 2007, and 2009 squads which
concluded in another Centennial Conference tournament appearance.
Coach Anckaitis's team has reached the playoffs in five of
his seven seasons at the college. The only team that can
claim to have maintained the same level of competitiveness over the
last six years in the conference has been the Garnet's rival John's
Hopkins. The team also went on a scoring tear in 2011
breaking the record for the most goals in the regular season with
37 in which 13 different players put the ball into the back of the
In 2010 the team's accomplishments included the fifth consecutive winning season and sixth straight NSCAA Team Academic award. It also included a first ever Centennial Conference Player of the Year recipient, ECAC South Region Player of the Year, NSCAA All Region First
Team, & Jewish Sports Review All-American awards. Additionally, his players broke the school’s career points, goals, assists, & starts records that season.
In 2009, the program was nationally ranked for the entire length of the regular season and maintained its streak of being regionally ranked in the top 10 every week since 2006. It reached its first 16 win season in program history. They won their third straight ECAC Championship not conceding a goal in the tournament in the last three years. Additionally they scored the most goals in school history. The team led the conference in players being named to the all conference team (6) as well as home attendance (175+ average per game)
In 2008, the program won its second ECAC Southern Region Championship. Finshing with only one conference loss for the first time in school history the Garnet only gave up three conference goals in the regular season and finished with 13 shutouts. Swarthmore also became the first soccer program in Centennial Conference history to knock off the No. 1 team in the country with the 4-3 road upset of The College of New Jersey. The 2008 list of awards included a Rhodes Scholar and an Academic All-American as well as more All-Region and All-Conference honors.
In 2007, the team finished the season at 14-2-3 and bringing home its first ever ECAC Southern Region Championship. Significant accolades included a top-25 national ranking for five weeks, a d3Kicks.com All-American, three NSCAA All-Region players, and five All-Conference player awards. The team set four Centennial Conference records and finished the season with the second lowest goals-against-average in the country.
In 2006, the team ended the season regionally ranked (No. 9) for the first time. At 15-5-1 they had the most improved record in the country for 2006. The year included a trip to the Conference Finals and a post-season ECAC tournament bid. The team broke numerous school records along the way and Garnet players held Centennial Conference leadership in 11 of 15 statistical categories.
Prior to Swarthmore, Anckaitis re-established the Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Ore.) women's soccer program, dormant since 1990. In its first varsity season, he led a youthful Pioneer squad to a No. 8 ranking in the West Region. The team completed the year tops in the Northwest Conference in six offensive categories and four defensive categories.
Prior to his tenure at Lewis and Clark, Anckaitis earned a master of science in exercise and sports studies at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. - a program aimed at developing coaches of women's collegiate sports. While in Northampton, Anckaitis served as an assistant coach at Amherst College, helping the Jeffs to a No. 2 national ranking and an appearance in the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship match.
Over the course of Anckaitis' collegiate coaching career, his players have garnered eight national awards including one All-America, two Academic All-Americans, and the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. His players have also won twenty three regional awards and over 46 conference awards, including a conference player of the year.
Anckaitis's other coaching stops include Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.) and Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences (Santa Monica, Calif.). He has also worked with the Region I Olympic Development Staff at the Region I Camps in Kingston, R.I., in 2002 and 2003, and has also coached at the UPenn, Pepperdine, USC, and Lehigh soccer camps.
Anckaitis graduated from Lafayette College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Anckaitis attended Lafayette on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship, going on to graduate from the Officer Basic Course at the United States Army Medical Center & School in San Antonio, Tex. eventually achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. He also spent time as an Assistant Vice President for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City helping bring E-ZPass to New Jersey and Delaware. Later while coaching at Amherst, Anckaitis worked in the Residential Life Office, managing resident counselors responsible for aiding students in resolving conflicts, developing dorm activities, and undertaking community outreach projects.