First Endowed Coach Leads Rensselaer Women’s Soccer
Rensselaer Women’s Soccer Coach Cord Farmer bears the distinction of being the first endowed coach in Rensselaer Athletics history. As the recipient of an anonymous gift, Farmer’s position is funded for women soccer players for generations to come.
Click on the photo to watch a video of Coach Farmer leading soccer practice.
“The endowed coaching position is a great step for the athletic department,” said Farmer. “Endowments for coaches make our funding go farther and enable us to compete with some of the bigger schools. It’s a source of pride for the team to know that a donor has invested in Women’s Soccer with an endowment. Everyone wants to work a little harder to honor that kind of commitment.”
Farmer helped guide his Engineers team to a solid 8-7-2 record during the 2011 campaign. In three seasons at the helm, ten of his players have garnered year-end All-Liberty League recognition, while 47 student-athletes have been named to the conference's All-Academic squad.
Farmer, a native of Old Forge, N.Y., was an assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin’s women’s soccer team prior to arriving at Rensselaer.
“I was excited that Rensselaer made a commitment to hire me as a full-time coach for Women’s Soccer,” said Farmer. “I looked at the other Division Three soccer schools and saw that Rensselaer fit very well with their high academic standards. I thought that the soccer program at Rensselaer had room to grow and the sky’s the limit.”
“I think Rensselaer athletes are as dedicated as any Division One athletes that I have met,” said Farmer. “The first day of practice is like Christmas for me, because 99% of the team has been working on their skills and I can see a difference on the field.” (Watch a video of Coach Farmer leading soccer practice here.)
“I am really honored to fill the first endowed coaching position at Rensselaer,” said Farmer. “Hopefully, this will serve as the kindling for the fire, so that others will step up and endow other coaches at Rensselaer.”
A gift of $1.5 million will endow an athletics coaching position that both funds and pays tribute to an outstanding teacher-coach. A gift of $1.5 million also will endow a Rensselaer athletic team to ensure future development of leadership in that sport. Please consider taking this opportunity to make a vital gift to the endowment and witness the tremendous impact of your generosity on this generation of student athletes and those yet to come.
For more information about gifts to Rensselaer Athletics, please email email Laura Sadowski ‘98, Advancement Officer, or call 518-276-6055.