Nick Cowell came to St. Edward’s in 2006 as the fourth head coach of the SEU women’s soccer team. He is now entering his 12th year season with the Hilltoppers as the all-time winningest coach in school history and one of the best in the nation.
Over his 28-year career, Cowell has accumulated an overall record of 391-121-37 for a winning percentage of .747. His total wins rank 17th all-time across all divisions of the NCAA, third all-time in NCAA Division II, and seventh all-time in NCAA Division III. Cowell’s winning percentage ranks 37th all-time across all divisions, 10th all-time in NCAA Division II and 20th all-time in NCAA Division III. The England native is among the top 10 active NCAA Division II coaches in total wins and winning percentage.
In 2016, Cowell led SEU to its eighth regular-season Heartland Conference title, going undefeated in the conference at 13-0-1 with an overall mark of 15-1-3. Under Cowell, the Hilltoppers advanced to their eighth-straight NCAA Tournament and 10th in program history. Cowell was named the 2016 Heartland Conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time as nine Hilltoppers earned All-Heartland Conference honors, while also sweeping Heartland Conference Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards. The Hilltoppers also produced seven all-region performers and an all-American.
Cowell has rewritten the SEU record book numerous times including total wins, conference wins and postseason appearances. With Cowell at the helm, St. Edward’s has appeared in two NCAA Elite Eight’s and five NCAA Sweet 16’s while also hosting three NCAA Regional tournament rounds. He has never had a losing season and holds a Heartland Conference record of 94-9-3. Cowell has also earned regional coach of the year twice (2006 and 2009).
For the past four years, Cowell has served as the chair of the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Committee, after serving two years on the NCAA Regional Selection Committee. He has served as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Rankings Committee chair, NSCAA All-American Committee regional chair and NCAA Selection Committee regional chair. He is involved in NSCAA national and regional clinics, and in United States Soccer Federation regional and state clinics. He coaches in the Olympic Development Program at the national, regional and state levels.
Prior to St. Edward’s, Cowell coached from 2003-05 at NCAA Division III Sewanee in Tennessee going 37-14-3 and at NCAA Division I Baylor from 1999-2002 with an overall record of 40-32-6. Cowell made his name in NCAA Division III coaching at Trinity in San Antonio, leading the Tigers to an overall mark of 117-3-8 from 1991-98 and developed six all-Americans. Cowell started his head coaching career in 1989 at Wooster in Ohio.
In his career, Cowell has won 14 conference championships, made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, coached 27 all-Americans, developed 19 conference players of the year and earned 12 conference coach of the year honors.
Cowell received his bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish at the University of Birmingham, England, in 1983 and earned his master’s degree in Sports Psychology, and in Curriculum and Instruction, at Cleveland State University in 1988. He holds a USSF “A” license, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and an English F.A. Preliminary Coaching Badge.