Scott Atherley is synonymous with University of Maine soccer, first as a student-athlete and now in his 17th season as head coach of the women's program. Led by a tenacious defense, the Black Bears are a challenging team to play against in the America East Conference every game. Atherley also leads a team that excels in the classroom, earning the earned the Division I Team Academic Award from the NSCAA yearly.
In 2014, Atherley led a team that surrendered just over a goal a game en route to having the America East Defender of the Year in Noelle Leon-Pamer and America East Keeper of the Year in Claudia Dube-Trempe.
In addition to Leon-Palmer and Dube-Trempe earning major awards in 2014, the duo was joined by Charlene Achille on the America East First Team. Joanie L'Abbe was named to the America East Second Team, while Kendra Ridley was an All-Rookie selection. Eve and Joanie L'Abbe were each named to the America East All-Academic squad.
In 2013, Maine was the second seed in the America East Tournament as the team finished with a mark of 9-5-5. Maine finished in a 1-1 draw against Stony Brook in the America East semifinals, but the Seawolves advanced to the championship game via penalty kicks. Maggie Malone was named the America East Defender of the Year and earned a spot on the 2013 NSCAA All-Region Team. He also coached senior Lisa Bijman who was named to the America East First Team, the America East Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and one of three finalists for America East Woman of the Year.
In 2012, Maine posted a 7-7-3 record overall, with a 3-3-2 mark in America East Conference play. Charlene Achille was named America East Rookie of the Year and also earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Region Third Team. The Black Bears were once again earned the 2011-2012 Team Academic Award from the NSCAA.
In 2011, Maine finished 5-9-1 with victories over Charleston Southern, Holy Cross and Rhode Island early in the season. Freshmen Jordan Pellerin and Camille Varin-Tremblay each earned a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team.
The Black Bears continued to excel in the classroom, leading all America East women’s soccer teams with a 3.42 grade point average. Eighteen student-athletes were named to the America East Academic Honor Roll, with 11 receiving Commissioner’s Honors for obtaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
In 2010, Maine finished with a record of 9-9 and a mark of 3-5 in America East play. The Black Bears finished sixth in the America East regular season standings, but became the first team in conference history to win back-to-back road games to earn a berth in the title game. Maine defeated Hartford 1-0 in the quarterfinals, before downing second seeded Stony Brook 3-1 in the semifinals.
Maine lost to Boston University in the championship game, but the run left them hungry for a return in 2011. It was the fifth time that Maine had played in the title game. Hannah Breton, Kaitlyn MacIsaac and Kelsey Wilson all earned a spot on the America East Al-Tournament Team.
Wilson earned a spot on the America East Second Team, while Lisa Bijman was an All-Rookie Team choice. Maine placed four on the America East All-Academic team, including Wilson who was named to the CoSIDA / Capital One All-District Second Team.
Atherley led the Black Bears to a 9-5-3 record, including a 5-2-1 mark in conference play and its seventh straight America East playoff berth in 2009.
The Black Bears’ earned a spot in the America East semifinal game after a 2-1 overtime victory over New Hampshire. It was the sixth time in the last seven years that Maine advanced to at least the semi-finals.
Maine received several honors, including Anjelica Hodgson and Laura Martel being named to the America East All-Championship Team. Martel was also named America East Striker of the Year after scoring 13 goals. Martel and Hodgson were also named first-team All-Conference. Christina Di lesi was named to the second team, while Meagan Price-Leibenzeder was named to the All-Rookie squad. The Black Bears also had 16 players named to the America East Academic Honor Roll.