This week’s WCHL Hometown Hero is coaching legend Anson Dorrance, founder and head coach of the UNC Women’s Soccer team. He started the program back in 1979, and this past weekend led the team to yet another ACC tournament title – meaning that UNC holds 21 ACC championships out of the 30 Women’s soccer ACC Tournaments ever held.
Dorrance coached the Women’s National Team to winning the first-ever Women’s World Cup in 1991, and has since decided to and focus solely on his team in Chapel Hill. Out of the thirty-six Women’s Soccer National Championships, Dorrance’s team have won twenty-two. In 2012, after winning his twentieth national title, Dorrance set the all-time record for winningest coach in collegiate sports.
Anson Dorrance was inducted in to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008, and in 2016 received the highest honor in United States Soccer: the Werner Fricker Builder Award.
“This is a women’s soccer school,” said Carolina basketball icon and legendary coach Dean Smith. “We’re just trying to keep up with them.”