FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A former four-year standout center back for Notre Dame, Sammy Scofield was named assistant coach for the Razorback soccer team by head coach Colby Hale Friday morning. Scofield comes from Elon University where she spent the last two seasons.
Scofield was a four-year monogram winner for the Irish during her playing career from 2011-14 and was a cornerstone for Notre Dame’s defense at center back as she didn’t miss a match in her first three seasons. Scofield started in 79 of her 88 total matches and was named the team’s Most Valuable Freshman in 2011 as well as team captain as a senior in 2014.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the coaching staff here at the University of Arkansas,” Scofield said. “I’d like to thank Colby Hale and the rest of the Arkansas athletics department for affording me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to helping our student-athletes and this program continue to reach new heights, compete for SEC titles every season and make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.”
“I am extremely excited to announce the addition of Sammy Scofield,” Hale said. “She was everything we were looking for. She is a winner, a competitor, and a fierce recruiter. As we move forward with our quest to win championships, what better way than to add someone who has competed and won championships all along the way. She is a high character, intelligent, hard-working coach with a ton of energy and she will make us better.”
Scofield helped guide the Phoenix match a program record with five players taking home conference postseason honors in 2017. Elon’s Meredith Christopher was named the CAA Rookie of the Year last year, a program first, and became the program’s first major award winner since Elon joined the CAA in 2014.
In 2016, Scofield was instrumental in helping Elon post three CAA shutouts, which ranked second in the league. In addition to strong play from the back line, goalkeeper Katelyn Fowler finished second in the CAA in goals against average (0.78) in five games played.
Prior to Elon, Scofield spent the 2015 season as volunteer assistant coach at Kentucky, one year after finishing her playing career at Notre Dame where she helped the Irish to four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2012, Scofield earned an invitation to the United States’ U-23 National Team camp in Sarasota, Florida. She was also part of the 2010 U-18 National Team player pool, participating in the U-18 camp in April 2010 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Along with her coaching experience at Kentucky, Scofield worked with Coerver Coaching of Illinois and Indiana, was the head coach of the Michiana Echo U-13 Girls in 2015, and a camp counselor for Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Summer Camps and the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.
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