Lindsey Martin enters her fifth year as the head coach of the VCU women's soccer program. The Virginia native took over the reins on May 30, 2013, becoming the sixth head coach in in the program's 19-year history.
Martin has been nothing short of spectacular since her arrival to Richmond, with the Rams bringing home winning seasons of eight wins or more each of her first three seasons. Her team in 2014 set the benchmark of 10 wins, including a 5-1-2 in-conference record. She topped that in 2015 with a 6-2-2 A-10 record. She has also helped extend the Rams conference tournament streak to five straight years.
Between 2013 and 2015, eight different Rams earned All-Atlantic 10 Honors under Martin, which included Courtney Conrad, Casey Boyer, Emma Kruse, Maren Johansen, Gabby Dyer, Sharon Wojcik, and current Rams, Megan Dell and Julia Suarez. Wojcik posted First Team honors in in her senior season under Martin in 2015, while Kruse (2013-15) and Boyer (2013-14) posted multiple years with Second Team honors.
In her first season at the helm of the Black & Gold, she ushered the Rams to an nine-game unbeaten streak and a third straight trip to the conference tournament.
"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 taking over 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 NCAA appearance in the program's history.
During her two years in Statesboro, Ga., she accumulated a 17-19-7 record while rebullding 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 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, where she was a standout at Hickory High School. In June of 2015, she married Adam Martin.