MEET THE STAFF…
HEAD WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH, NATE NORMAN
Nate Norman was named Notre Dame women’s soccer head coach in February 2018 after serving as an assistant on the Irish coaching staff for one season. Norman, who graduated from the University in 2007, is the fifth head coach in women’s soccer program history.
Norman joined the Irish coaching staff in January 2017 after one season at the helm of the Liberty program, where he led the Flames to a 14-8 record and a Big South Tournament Championship in 2016. He saw five student-athletes named to the All-Big South first and second teams, four selected for the conference all-tournament team and two picked for the NSCAA all-region squad.
Prior to his time at Liberty, Norman spent four seasons as head coach at Western Michigan, where he led the Broncos to a 44-27-14 record. He guided the program to two Mid-American Conference tournament titles in 2013 and 2015, and he was named the MAC Coach of the Year and the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2015. Additionally, he saw 16 players named to all-conference squads during his tenure and placed a league-best 17 players on the MAC All-Academic Team in 2015.
The former midfielder was a four-year Monogram winner for Notre Dame men’s soccer head coach Bobby Clark from 2003-06, helping the Irish to the 2003 BIG EAST Tournament title, the 2004 BIG EAST regular-season championship and the 2006 NCAA Championship quarterfinals.
ASSISTANT COACH, DAWN SIERGIEJIn her tenure with the Irish, Siergiej has helped Notre Dame earn two of its three NCAA national championships (2004 and 2010), as well as six NCAA Women’s College Cup berths, 10 conference regular season titles and four conference tournament championships during her first 12 seasons under the Golden Dome.
Siergiej also has been instrumental in molding some of the top goalkeepers in program history, with her pupils registering seven of the top 10 single-season goals-against average (GAA) marks in the Notre Dame record book, including six seasons when Siergiej tutored Fighting Irish goalkeepers to a 0.49 GAA or better. In addition, Notre Dame has recorded double-digit shutouts in 10 of 12 years on her watch, including a school-record 19 clean sheets in 2006 (tied for seventh-most in one season in NCAA history).
ASSISTANT COACH, LAUREN SINACOLA
Lauren Sinacola signed on at Notre Dame in April 2018 after serving as women’s soccer head coach at Western Michigan for the past two years.
A 2010 graduate of Michigan State, Sinacola has spent the last five years on the Broncos’ coaching staff. Sinacola compiled a record of 23-15-2 overall and 11-9-2 in conference play during her two seasons at the helm of the program. Sinacola led the Broncos to a third-place finish in the MAC West in 2016 after going 6-4-1 in conference play.
Western Michigan landed three All-MAC selections and had 26 student-athletes receive Academic All-MAC honors during her stint as head coach.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, ANNA GONZALEZ