Sue Patberg was appointed head women's soccer coach at Emory
University prior to the 2005 season. She has led the program
to unprecedented success during her time with the team, and
became the first Emory women's soccer coach to be named the
National Coach of the Year, earning the honor from D3Soccer.com in
Known for consistently producing one of the top defenses in the country, Patberg has led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament six times, including a program-best runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships, and a quarterfinal finish during the 2010 campaign. Her squads at Emory have won at least one game during each of her six tournament appearances. Patberg has captured a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, most recently during the 2011 season.
The conclusion of the 2012 season marked Patberg's 20th campaign as a head coach and she has a 256-112-43 career record that includes 14 NCAA tournament appearances. Her eight-year mark at Emory is 110-24-25, good for a .770 winning percentage.
She has coached a pair of all-Americans while at Emory, defenders Grace Lam (2007 and 2008) and Lauren Gorodetsky (2010, 2011, 2012), with Gorodetsky earning the D3Soccer.com Defender of the Year and the NCAA Tournament Most Oustanding Defensive Player honors in 2012. Under her leadership, the Emory women's soccer program has had three UAA Player of the Year selections (Gorodetsky in 2011 and 2012 and Whitney Briggs in 2008), 45 all-UAA team members and 21 all-region honorees. In addition, she has had four Academic all-Americans and 20 Academic all-District selections during her time with the team.
During the 2012 campaign, Patberg lifted the team to its first NCAA Final Four appearance, and claimed a win over Wheaton College (Ill.) in the semifinals to give the Eagles' a berth into the NCAA Championship game. Earlier in the year, she claimed her 100th career victory with Emory with a 6-0 win over Birmingham-Southern College on September 21st.
Patberg guided the Eagles to a record-setting campaign in 2011, recording the first undefeated regular season in Emory Athletics history and matching the program record for wins in a season with a 17-1-2 overall record. The Eagles advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships, marking the team's third trip to the sectionals of the tournament under Patberg. Emory's 2011 squad also set program records for goals-against average (0.24) and shutouts (16). For her efforts during the season, she was named the NSCAA/Mondo South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Patberg became the first Emory coach to lead the team to
back-to-back 16 win seasons, accomplishing the feat during the 2007
and 2008 seasons. In 2010, she once again reached the 16-win
plateau, guiding the squad to a 16-2-4 record and achieving a final
national ranking of fifth in the NSCAA season-ending poll, the
highest final ranking in the program’s history.
Of her 20 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, the 12 years before joining Emory were at Division I schools where she earned 146 wins and eight NCAA tournament appearances.
Patberg came to Emory after spending five seasons as head coach at the University of Georgia (2000-2004). While at Georgia, Patberg guided the Lady Bulldogs to a record of 49-45-9 and two NCAA tournament appearances. Her first year at UGA saw her team reach the finals of the Southeastern Conference tournament while in 2001 her team finished with a national ranking of 22nd and third regionally. Her team also advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. In 2003 Patberg also led Georgia to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the second round.
Before coaching at UGA, Patberg was the women's soccer coach at the University of Minnesota where she compiled a record of 97-42-9. She also has the distinction of being the first-ever coach of the program. Her accomplishments at Minnesota were highlighted by five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1995-99. Her 1997 team was ranked as high as ninth nationally. She also garnered two Big 10 Coach of the Year honors in 1995 and 1997.
Patberg also served as an assistant women's soccer coach at Colorado College from 1991-1993 and the University of Maryland from 1990-1991. At Colorado College she was part of a staff that helped direct the 1992 team to the NCAA Division I final four.
To go with her collegiate coaching experience she has also been involved on the national team level. Patberg was the U.S. under-16 national team coach from 2003-2005. She also served as an assistant coach on the U.S. under-21 national team from 2000-2003.
Patberg graduated from the University of Massachussetts with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management in 1989. While at UMass she was also a member of the women's soccer team where she was a four-year starter from 1985-88. During her collegiate career, she helped her team to four NCAA tournament appearances and three final fours. Patberg was voted most valuable player and best defensive player during the 1987 season, while also helping her team to the national championship runner-up.
Patberg is married to Dr. Kurt Patberg, and they have two sons, Luc and Tye.
Rachel Moreland joined the Emory women's soccer program as an
assistant coach in June 2008. In August of 2012, she was
named Associate Coach.
During Moreland's five seasons as a member of the women's soccer staff, the Eagles have a record of 72-14-19, good for a 0.776 winning percentage. She has helped lead the Eagles to NCAA Tournament appearances and at least 15 wins in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Emory has won University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships under Moreland's leadership during the 2008 and 2011 seasons. She was a contributing factor to Emory's most successful season-to-date, a National Runner-Up finish during the 2012 season, and a 15-2-7 record for the campaign.
Moreland helped guide the Eagles to a record-setting 2011 campaign, during which the team notched the first undefeated regular season in Emory Athletics history and matched the program high-water mark for wins with a 17-1-2 record. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Championships for Moreland's third time, reaching the round of 16.
During the 2010 campaign, Moreland’s efforts contributed to the team's 16-2-4 overall record and trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. During her first year with the team in 2008, she helped the Eagles go 16-4-1 and reach the NCAA Tournament round of 32.
Moreland came to the Emory program after a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at UNC-Pembroke, an NCAA Division II member. During the 2007 season, she helped guide the Lady Braves to a 12-6-1 record.
As a player, Moreland was a four-year starter (2002-05) and two-time captain at Limestone College (SC). A three-time All-Carolinas/Virginia Athletic Conference pick, she played in 67 games during her career, 60 in a starting capacity, and finished with 41 points including a 20-point campaign (nine goals and two assists) in 2003. In addition to her soccer exploits, Moreland played for the fifth-ranked Limestone women's lacrosse team during her last semester as an undergraduate and helped the Lady Saints to a Final Four appearance.
Her coaching resume includes five years as an instructor at the Denison Cabral Soccer Academy. Rachel also enjoyed a brief stay as a member of the W-League's Maryland Pepsi Pride Practice squad.
"I am excited that Rachel will be joining Emory," Patberg said upon Moreland's hiring. "She has valuable coaching experience and will make significant contributions to the program. She has already hit the ground running and is looking to help take our team to the next level."
A member of the CVAC Presidential honor roll, Moreland earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Limestone in 2006. Most recently, she obtained her Master's Degree in Physical Education-Sports Administration from UNC-Pembroke in May of 2008.
Rachel holds an NSCAA National Diploma and a USSF 'D' License. She also serves as a coach with the Cobb Futbol Club.
Mike Wentzler joined the Eagles’ coaching staff prior to
the 2011 season, and currently serves as the team’s
His efforts in his two seasons with the team have led Emory to produce one of the top defenses in the country during that stretch, with his keepers allowing just 17 goals in 44 games. In 2012, he coached Kaele Leonard to the 13th-lowest goals-against average in Division III (0.459), and the 38th-best save percentage (0.86), as the senior claimed an all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honorable mention, as Emory finished as the National Runner-Up. Emory's goalkeeper have lost a combined three games under Wentzler's leadership.
During his first season on the team, Wentzler's efforts helped Emory go 17-1-2 and claim a conference Championship, advancing to the round of 16 of the NCAA Championships. Under his watch in 2011, Leonard was named to the all-South Atlantic Region Second Team and an honorable mention to the all-UAA team after finishing third in Division III with a 0.288 goals-against average and sixth with a 0.909 save percentage. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Erica Stein set a school record with a 0.20 goals-against average during the year. As a team, Emory ended the year ranked third among Division III schools with a 0.242 goals-against average and a 0.8 shutout percentage, and fifth with a 0.904 save percentage.
Wentzler is currently the head coach of the men’s varsity team at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA, and led the team to an 11-8-0 record during his first season with the squad in 2010. He has also been the head keeper trainer of the Dacula Soccer Club and at the Mount Berry Soccer Academy, in addition to serving as the head boy’s JV coach and keeper trainer at Duluth High School from 2009-10.
Wentzler was a two-time NAIA all-American for Berry College in Rome, GA during his collegiate playing days. He also earned all-conference and all-region honors in 2006 and 2007, and was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2007. Wentzler graduated from Berry in 2008 with a Bachelor of Sciences, majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Women’s Studies.
Wentzler holds a National ‘D’ coaching license certification. He currently teaches Biology and Chemistry at North Gwinnett High School.