Lindsey Martin enters her seventh year at the helm of the VCU Women’s soccer program after taking the position on May 30, 2013. The Virginia native is the sixth head coach in the 19-year history of the program and has proven to be one of the top young coaches in the nation.
Over her first five seasons with the Rams, Martin’s teams have earned an overall record of 63-38-17 including a 33-16-8 mark in conference play. The Rams showed improvement right away under Martin, going .500 in her first season and then quickly jumping to a .625 winning percentage in her second season.
VCU has tallied at least eight wins in every season with Martin leading the way, but the 2018 campaign was the most successful one yet. The Rams set a new school record for wins with a 16-4 overall record and a 9-1 record against Atlantic 10 competition en route to a No. 2 seed in the A-10 Tournament and a run to the conference championship game.
In the three seasons before that, Martin made positive strides with the program, leading the Rams to at least six conference victories twice and posting an impressive 11-win season in 2017. Under Martin, 16 players have earned All-Atlantic 10 honors including two First Team, 10 Second Team and four All-Rookie team honorees.
Three players have also appeared on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State teams while three more have made United Soccer Coaches All-East Region teams.
The frequency at which the Rams have placed freshmen on the A-10 All-Rookie teams speak to the excellent recruiting Martin and her staff have done over the last six years. Lana Golob, Lyndsey Gutzmer, Julia Suarez and Megan Dell each made the list under Martin.
The program has also shown an emphasis on excellence in the classroom, with five All-Academic Team members over the last six years. Four players have also been voted onto VaSID All-Academic teams.
"Lindsey was the clear choice as the best fit here at VCU," Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin said. "She is a proven winner, both as a player and a coach. We are extremely excited about the future of our women's soccer program with Lindsey leading us to our goal of winning championships.”
Prior to her arrival at VCU, Martin spent two seasons as the head coach at Georgia Southern, where she guided the Eagles to their first Southern Conference Tournament title and an NCAA appearance.
During her two years in Statesboro, Ga., she accumulated a 17-19-7 record while rebuilding the Eagles from the bottom of the conference prior to her arrival to the program. The Eagles achieved more wins in Martin's first year than they had the previous two years combined. Prior to her time at GSU, she spent four seasons as an assistant at Hofstra, during which the program made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won a CAA Tournament championship and a regular season crown.
In addition to her success on the sidelines, Martin achieved success on the pitch as a player. She was a four-year standout at William & Mary, where she earned All-CAA First Team honors all four years, highlighted by being named the CAA Player of the Year in 2002, CAA Tournament MVP in 2001 and the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2000. She was the first player in conference history to achieve such a feat.
She was also named to the CAA's 25th Anniversary Women's Soccer team. All of her accolades came full circle in April of 2016, as she was inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame.
The Virginia native grew up in Chesapeake, VA, where she was a standout at Hickory High School. In June of 2015, she married Adam Martin and they have one daughter.
Lindsey Martin - Coaching Career
2007-10 - Hofstra - Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
2011-12 - Georgia Southern - Head Coach (17-19-7 - 2012 Southern Conference Tournament Champions)
2013-present - VCU Head Coach (63-38-17 - 2017 & 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Runner-up)