Pfeiffer Women's Soccer Coach Robyn Horner Steps Down
Misenheimer, N.C. (May 16, 2019) – Pfeiffer University's Robyn Horner has announced that she will step down as the head coach of the Falcon women's soccer program.
Horner has served as the head of the Falcon program for the past four seasons, posting a record of 33-18-1 (.639).
In her first season at the helm of the program she guided the Falcons to an 8-9-2 record and a 5-5-1 mark in Conference Carolinas play. She followed that with a 10-6-1 mark and a 7-4 record in league play in 2016.
In the first full season as an NCAA Division III member in 2017, Horner's team posted an 8-8 mark. That season the Falcons did not play any conference matches as a result of the NCAA reclassifying process.
This past season, she led the Falcons to a 13-3 overall mark including a 6-1 campaign in USA South matches making another postseason appearance, advancing to the ECAC Division III Tournament where they defeated Washington & Jefferson 2-0 for the first postseason win in school history before falling to McDaniel, the eventual ECAC Champions, in the second round. All told, Horner's teams advanced to postseason play in every season during her tenure with the Falcons as both an assistant coach and as head coach except for the Falcons' first year competing in NCAA Division III.
The .813 winning percentage achieved in the 2018 season set a new program record and the three losses are a program best for the least number of setbacks in a season.
Under Horner's direction, she had four players named first team all-conference, two earn all-tournament team honors, and had six USA South East Division selections. In addition, six Falcons earned NCCSIA All-State awards under her tutelage.
"While here at Pfeiffer, I have been lucky enough to be a part of a conference championship (2013) and a trip to the NCAA tournament, an ECAC postseason appearance and countless athletic and academic awards for our players over the years," said Horner.
"I have also had the distinct honor of coaching some extremely talented student-athletes over the past six seasons and arguably one of the best teams in our program's 25-year history this past season. I am extremely grateful to Pfeiffer University and consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to coach these young ladies and to have had them and their families entrust me with the soccer portion of their college careers."
Horner continued, "During my time here at Pfeiffer, I have had the opportunity to work under two very talented, loyal and hard-working athletic directors in Bob Reasso and Danielle Lafferty, both of whom have given our staff and student-athletes nothing less than their absolute best every day."
Prior to Pfeiffer, she began her coaching career at Franklin & Marshall University and went on to serve as the Head Goalkeeper Trainer for the Next Level Soccer Academy in Pennington, N.J. Following that stint, Horner served as an assistant coach for goalkeepers at The College of New Jersey. During her time at TCNJ, the Lions made three straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four.
Horner was an accomplished player in her days at Rutgers, earning Rookie of the Year accolades in her initial season with the Scarlet Knights. She was also named SoccerBuzz All-Region Freshman Goalkeeper of the Year and won the MVP Award at the Notre Dame Classic in 2003. Horner completed her collegiate career at Franklin & Marshall, posting a career GAA of 1.05 for the Diplomats.
"We are sad to see Robyn move on from Pfeiffer," said Pfeiffer Director of Athletics Danielle Lafferty.
"We are excited for the opportunity that she has ahead of her. Robyn has served in many roles for us over her career at Pfeiffer including assistant coach, Senior Woman Administrator and head coach. She has developed our women's soccer program tremendously. Her friendship and leadership will also be greatly missed and we wish her and her family nothing but the best."
A search for her replacement will begin immediately.