The 2014 season marks the 16th year that George Dunbar will serve as the head coach of the Philadelphia University women’s soccer team, and his 17th year with the program.
A two-time CACC Coach of the Year, Dunbar owns a career record of 176-97-36 and led the Rams to the 2007 and 2008 Eastern Conference Athletic Conference championship, the 2006 CACC title, and four CACC regular season crowns.
Twenty-four different players have earned all-conference recognition (17 CACC, seven New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC)), including four-time All-NYCAC midfielder Theresa Irwin, three-time All-CACC first team keeper Sara Hall and three-time All-CACC selection Kelli Kowalewski. Under the direction of Dunbar, Hall earned the 2008 CACC Player of the Year award and Trisha Sileo was tabbed the 2009 CACC Rookie of the Year.
A season ago, Philadelphia went 7-10-3 overall and reached the CACC Tournament semifinals. Janine Cascio earned a spot on the All-CACC second team.
The 2012 campaign saw the Rams go 13-8 overall and advance to the final of the CACC Tournament. Kowalewski was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-East Region first team selection and senior defender Chelsea Riedell was named to the third team. Senior midfielder Melissa Copeland was tabbed for the Daktronics All-East Region first team.
2011 was one of the best years in the program’s history as Philadelphia posted a school-record 16 wins and played in the CACC Tournament championship match. Six players were selected to the All-CACC team and Riedell and Copeland were all-region selections. Dunbar was honored with the CACC coach of the year award.
Since joining the CACC in 2005, 21 Rams have been selected to the conference’s Fall All-Academic Team. Midfielder Erin Walter was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II women’s soccer first team in 2009 and third team in 2010.
Before becoming the head coach, Dunbar was part of the Philadelphia University women’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach under Mike Henderson in 1998. The year before he came to Philadelphia, he served as the assistant boy’s varsity soccer coach at Shawnee High School, while also working with the Indian Mills Soccer Club and the Cinnaminson Eclipse U-19 Select team.
Dunbar—who has a NSCAA “C” License and an Advanced National License—was the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Burlington County College from 1982 to 1990.
A 1979 graduate of Glassboro State, Dunbar started his coaching career as a student assistant with the Profs as a senior.