Women’s Soccer Head Coach Wins 100th Game
Women’s Soccer Head Coach Norm Riker wasn’t sure what the most significant achievement was as he boarded the team bus on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Not only did he guide the Tigers to the program’s first win at North Coast Athletic Conference rival Ohio Wesleyan in more than a decade, but he also reached a personal milestone with the 100th victory of his career.
After leading the Tigers to a 12-5-5 overall record in 2009, Riker now has a personal record at 95-46-24 at Wittenberg and 106-53-25 overall, including one season at Vassar College. Riker’s teams have consistently been ranked in the top 10 in the region, and the Tigers have also been a frequent visitor to the national top 25 over the last three years.
“For me, (100 wins) represents all the great players and people I have coached throughout my career, going all the way back to Vassar,” said Riker, whose team won its fourth straight NCAC Tournament title in 2009. “The years at Wittenberg have been a lot of hard work, which makes this such a great milestone to reach. I just can’t say thanks enough to all of the players and coaches who I have worked with over the years.”