Michele Cornish


9/21/19: Michele will be inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame.
2011-2017: At DIII Macalester - 58-33-14 in six seasons under Cornish’s direction, including an appearance in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament finals in 2013. 
2010 and 2011: Was the girls’ soccer head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
1994 to 2010: Head women’s soccer coach at Division I University of North Carolina-Asheville. Cornish became head coach of the UNC-Asheville program in 1994, and at the age of 26, was one of the youngest coaches in the nation upon her hiring. However, she quickly made an impact with the young Asheville program that was in its third year of existence. In 1995, she led the Bulldogs to the Big South Conference championship and a school-record 16-5 mark. Asheville finished the season in second place in the league standings and advanced to the league title game for the first time. Cornish led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Big South Conference regular-season titles in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, she guided Asheville to the Big South Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The women’s soccer team became the first female team at Asheville to ever go to the NCAA championships. She finished her Bulldog career with 134 victories, making her not just the all-time winningest coach at UNC Asheville but the Big South as well. Cornish led Asheville to the Big South Conference title game seven different times and was a two-time Big South Conference Coach of the Year.
1985-1989: As a student-athlete, she played at George Mason University (Va.) and won the Division I national championship in 1985 by defeating UNC-Chapel Hill. NCAA semi’s in 1996, NCAA tournament 1989. Prior to her college career, she was selected to the first U.S. representative women’s soccer team to play in China and was the team’s youngest player and leading scorer during the tour.

Title/Position

Director of Athletics

Department

Athletic Director

Date Began

2018

Duty

I am a duty administrator and live on the St. Mary’s campus in the Engineer’s house.

Family and Pets

I am married to Steve Cornish (SSM Math Chair), kids Cameron Cornish ’13, Cheyney Cornish ’16, Harlow & Hazel (3 and 2 y/o Newfie/Pyr mixes), Lily (7 y/o cat)

Favorite Place on Campus

Morgan Refectory

Favorite thing to do in Faribault

Mountain bike at the River Bend Nature Center and walk the dogs on the upper school campus so they can greet all of the kids that they love!

Favorite Book

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Hobbies

Mountain biking, skiing, camping, cooking, reading, DIY, movies,…this list could go on and on…

Description

9/21/19: Michele will be inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame.
2011-2017: At DIII Macalester - 58-33-14 in six seasons under Cornish’s direction, including an appearance in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament finals in 2013. 
2010 and 2011: Was the girls’ soccer head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
1994 to 2010: Head women’s soccer coach at Division I University of North Carolina-Asheville. Cornish became head coach of the UNC-Asheville program in 1994, and at the age of 26, was one of the youngest coaches in the nation upon her hiring. However, she quickly made an impact with the young Asheville program that was in its third year of existence. In 1995, she led the Bulldogs to the Big South Conference championship and a school-record 16-5 mark. Asheville finished the season in second place in the league standings and advanced to the league title game for the first time. Cornish led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Big South Conference regular-season titles in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, she guided Asheville to the Big South Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The women’s soccer team became the first female team at Asheville to ever go to the NCAA championships. She finished her Bulldog career with 134 victories, making her not just the all-time winningest coach at UNC Asheville but the Big South as well. Cornish led Asheville to the Big South Conference title game seven different times and was a two-time Big South Conference Coach of the Year.
1985-1989: As a student-athlete, she played at George Mason University (Va.) and won the Division I national championship in 1985 by defeating UNC-Chapel Hill. NCAA semi’s in 1996, NCAA tournament 1989. Prior to her college career, she was selected to the first U.S. representative women’s soccer team to play in China and was the team’s youngest player and leading scorer during the tour.

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