Mary-Frances Monroe completed her fourth season at the helm of a rising Atlantic Coast Conference soccer power in Coral Gables, Fla., in 2016.
The Hurricanes have tallied a trio of top-five victories with Monroe at the helm, defeating third-ranked Notre Dame, 2-0, in 2013, downing No. 14/4 Notre Dame, 1-0, in double overtime in 2015 and knocking off second-ranked Virginia, 2-1, in 2016.
Miami posted a 10-8-1 mark in 2016, marking the seventh time in program history the team won double-digit games, including the fourth time in a 15-year span. The Hurricanes also went 5-5 in ACC play, setting a new program record for conference victories and winning three ACC matches in a row for the first time. Led by goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce, one of three Hurricanes to earn NSCAA College Player of the Week during the season, Miami set new program records for total goals against (16) and goals against average (0.82).
The 2016 season saw the Hurricanes defeat multiple ranked teams (No. 2 Virginia and No. 25 Virginia Tech) for the first time since 2012. Miami, picked last in the ACC preseason poll, finished in the top half of the conference and earned the No. 7 seed in the ACC Championship, where it played to a 1-1 road tie at No. 14 Clemson, the second seed, before falling in penalty kicks. In addition, of the 332 Division I teams, Miami was one of just 30 to win at least five more games in 2016 than it did in 2015.
Also in 2016, Gracie Lachowecki became the second Hurricane to earn First Team All-ACC recognition and the second to garner NSCAA Second Team All-Region distinction. Kristina Fisher became the second Hurricane to make the ACC All-Freshman Team and Emily Auld was the fifth Hurricane tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
In 2015, Monroe helped guide Lachowecki to Second Team All-ACC honors. The junior forward ranked second in the ACC and No. 13 nationally in goals per game, en route to becoming the sixth Hurricane to garner all-conference recognition since Miami joined the ACC.
Miami closed the 2014 campaign by winning two of its final three games, including registering a 3-1 road victory at NC State behind a hat trick from Natalie Moik.
The Hurricanes finished 9-8-1 in 2013, Monroe's first season, ending with a perfect 5-0-0 mark through their non-conference slate and putting forth an impressive season in a challenging ACC schedule.
Monroe joined Miami after seven years as the head coach of the University of Albany in the America East Conference. A well-respected player and instructor, Monroe competed on the field with the Boston Breakers of the WPSL Elite League as recently as the 2012 season.
Charged with building the Great Danes program from the ground up, Monroe and her coaching staff won 2009 America East Co-Coaching Staff of the Year honors in just her fourth year at the helm. During that season, the Great Danes earned the first Division I postseason berth in program history.
Just one year later in 2010, the Great Danes finished with a 10-8-2 record under Monroe's direction – the first winning season for the program since 1988. Albany would win its first postseason tournament match in program history that season, advancing to the America East semifinals.
Her success would continue in 2011, as the Great Danes won seven consecutive games heading into their first-ever appearance in the America East Conference Championship game. Four of Monroe's players were selected all-conference, among 13 who earned that recognition over her seven years as leader of the Danes.
A four-year college All-American at the University of Connecticut and UCLA, Monroe has served as liaison for U.S. Soccer's National Training Centers covering the New England area, including regions of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine.
During her time as a student-athlete at UConn and UCLA, Monroe was a candidate for the Hermann Trophy - awarded to the best female college soccer player in the country. As a freshman with the Huskies, the Northport, N.Y., native set the program's single-season record with 65 points. Monroe was rewarded for her spectacular debut with BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors and first-team all-conference recognition.
Monroe also achieved succes on the international level as a player, earning several caps with the United States Women's National Team.
The former Soccer America Freshman of the Year earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from UCLA in 2003.