Nick Cowell is in his 11th year as head coach of the women's soccer program, The 2016 season saw the St. Edward's program win the Heartland Conference regular season with a 13-0-1 record. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year & finished with an overall 15-1-3 record.
In the last 11 years, the team has a record of 175 wins, 34 losses & 16 ties.
Last season, the Hilltoppers’ only loss came in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Hilltoppers appeared in their seventh-straight NCAA Tournament and their ninth in ten years. The team ended the season ranked #14 in the nation, St. Edward's University women's soccer has twice reached the Elite Eight.
!n 2014, Cowell led the team to a 17-2-2 record, a #6 national ranking and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The 2009 season saw Cowell guide the squad to a 16-3-3 record, and a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance for the first time in school history. For his efforts, Cowell was named South Central Region Coach of the Year.
Since taking over at St. Edward’s, Cowell has produced 74 all-conference players, 55 all-region players, nine Heartland Conference Players of the Year and 17 All-America selections. His teams have compiled a 160-33-13 record — all while maintaining a focus on academics. Last spring, the team tallied a GPA of 3.29. Twenty-three of his players were named to the Heartland Conference Honor Roll last year and eight earned 4.0 GPAs.
Cowell came to St. Edward’s after spending three seasons as the head women’s soccer coach at Sewanee: The University of the South. During his tenure at Sewanee, the Tigers posted a 37-14-3 record and advanced to the school’s first NCAA Tournament in 2005. In his 23-year college-coaching career, Cowell is 329-108-30. His 329 wins have been compiled at five different colleges: The College of Wooster (1989–1990), Trinity University (1991–1998), Baylor University (1999–2002), Sewanee (2003–2005) and St. Edward’s (2006–present). Cowell is third all-time in career victories in NCAA Division II and in the Top-15 in career winning percentage. Cowell has guided his teams to 12 conference championships and 14 NCAA National Tournament appearances. He coached 23 All-Americans and 16 Conference Players of the Year while earning Conference Coach of the Year honors 10 times.
For the past three 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.
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.