ASU Soccer Adds Nancy Augustyniak Goffi to Coaching Staff
March 3, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer program has added Nancy Augustyniak Goffi to its coaching staff, Head Coach Ray Leone announced Friday. Augustyniak Goffi will now coach under her collegiate coaches as both Ray and Tracey Leone oversaw the Clemson program where she earned All-America honors while leading the Tigers to several impressive milestones before playing professionally.
'Nancy will be a great fit for our program as she brings a wealth of experience as a player, both in college and professionally,' said Leone. 'I know the ASU program will benefit from her experiences. What sets Nancy apart is her great positive attitude and outstanding work ethic, which is what I want our players to emulate. Having three former national team players on our coaching staff will really help our players learn to improve their games and Nancy's experiences will help us tremendously.'
Augustyniak Goffi, who starred at center back for Clemson and the Atlanta Beat (WUSA), will be called upon by Leone to work with a young Sun Devil defense.
'This is a dream job for me,' said Augustyniak Goffi. 'I have always respected the Leones both as coaches and as people. This will be a great opportunity for me to not only get into coaching, but continue to learn from both Ray and Tracey. They are the reason I was able to reach the professional and national level and I look forward to learning a great deal from them. This team has a great amount of potential and I am excited to be a part of the Sun Devil soccer family.'
Augustyniak Goffi, a native of Peachtree, Ga., competed for the Tigers from 1997-2000 and capped her career by helping CU post a 19-3-1 record in 2000 while advancing to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championships. As a senior, Augustyniak Goffi helped CU claim its lone regular season ACC crown and was selected both All-American and All-Southeast Region. In one of her team's biggest wins, Augustyniak Goffi scored one goal and added an assist as the Tigers upset No. 1 North Carolina, 2-1.
Augustyniak Goffi was also selected to two All-ACC teams, earning first team honors in both 1999 and 2000 while also being selected to the 1998 and 1999 All-ACC Tournament teams. One of the premier players in CU history, she was selected one of the Top 50 players in ACC history on August 14, 2002, joining her twin sister Julie and current Sun Devil assistant coach (and former Tar Heel) Tracey Leone on the elite list.
Following her collegiate playing days, Augustyniak Goffi was drafted by the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA where she played three seasons (2001, 2002 and 2003). While with the beat, the defender helped her squad reach the finals of the league's tournament where they finished as the runners-up both times. After three seasons in Atlanta, Augustyniak Goffi took her skills over seas and competed in the highest division of soccer in Germany, the Frauen-Bundesliga, as she competed for FFC Turbine Potsdam and WfL Wolfsburg in 2004. She also competed for Stattena IF of Sweden for one half season as well in 2004. Last year, Augustyniak Goffi played in the Women's Premier Soccer League in America and helped FC Indiana secure the 2005 championship.
Augustyniak Goffi is married to Josh Goffi, a former tennis player at Clemson, and currently resides in Phoenix.