Congratulations to former Rough Riders women’s goalkeeper and general manager Kim Wyant on coaching the New York University’s Men’s team for the first time this Saturday afternoon against Manhattanville College.
After previously acting as assistant coach for the women’s team, Wyant accepted the job after the previous coach, Joe Behan, resigned due to family reasons. Wyant is one of only a handful of women to have coached a men’s team and is currently the only women coaching a Division III men’s soccer team.
This isn’t the first time Wyant has made history, she also had the proud honor of being the inaugural goalkeeper on the US women’s national squad in 1985. She played 16 international games in total and also played in the USA’s first win against Canada in July, 1986. In 2004 she was inducted into the United Soccer League Hall of Fame.
Wyant previously played for the Rough Riders Women’s team from 1995-2006, making 99 appearances and helped lead the Rough Riders to W-League National Championships in 1995 and 1997. Shortly after announcing her retirement in August 2003 Kim was named General Manager of the Lady Riders. Under her direction the Lady Riders twice received the USL W-League ‘Organization of the Year’ awarded annually to the top USL organization displaying excellence both on and off the field.
Congratulations Kim and good luck for the upcoming season!