North Florida names new head coach in Georgia assistant Robin Confer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- North Florida athletic director Lee Moon announced the hiring of Robin Confer as the head coach for the Ospreys.
"We are thrilled to have Robin taking the lead with our women's soccer program," Moon said. "She has played and coached at championship levels and demonstrated a strong ability to create a winning atmosphere. Her connections around the Southeast will be a huge asset in recruiting as will her outgoing personality and knowledge of the game. Her energy and passion for women's soccer is contagious and exactly what we were looking for in our search. This is an exciting time for women's soccer at UNF."
Confer comes to UNF following a nine-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia. The 1997 National Player of the Year, Confer was also a part of three national champions as a record-setting forward at North Carolina.
"I want to thank coach Moon for allowing me this exciting opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at the University of North Florida," Confer said. "I love the vision and family atmosphere that coach Moon has created within the athletic department and teams. UNF is an ideal location with its tremendous academics and beautiful campus serving as excellent recruiting points. I am extremely grateful for all my past coaches and mentors who have helped to instill in me the passion to take this next step in my career. I am really looking forward to getting started."
During her tenure at Georgia, Confer helped develop a potent offensive attack that consistently outscored its opponents and produced players that broke a number of Bulldog offensive records. In addition, she was able to attract top-tier recruits to UGA resulting in nationally ranked recruiting classes including a No. 12 rank for the 2013 class.
Prior to her time at Georgia, Confer served as an assistant coach at Florida State helping guide the Seminoles to a 29-13-4 record during her tenure including the program's first College Cup appearance in 2003.
Confer's coaching career also includes stops as an assistant coach at Mississippi State and Texas A&M. While working with coach G. Guerieri at Texas A&M, the Aggies reached the NCAA round of 16 in back-to-back seasons. Her first collegiate coaching experience came as a volunteer assistant under legendary coach Anson Dorrance at her alma mater, North Carolina.
A four-year starter for the Tar Heels (1994-97), Confer helped UNC to national championships in 1994, '96 and '97. She was named National Player of the Year by Soccer News and SoccerBuzz as a senior, while also garnering most outstanding offensive player of the NCAA College Cup in 1997. A first-team All American, Confer was a finalist for the Hermann Award, recognizing the nation's top collegiate soccer athlete. She finished her Carolina career ranked among the all-time scoring leaders finishing with 77 goals and 55 assists.
Confer played in every game of her collegiate career and still holds an NCAA record having played in 107 games. She is one of just 11 former Tar Heel players with their jersey retired. Confer was also named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th anniversary women's soccer team recognizing the league's top 50 players.
A former captain of the U.S. U-20 youth national team, she made her women's national team debut on Jan. 18, 1996, against Ukraine and was a member of the pool from 1996-99, earning eight caps and one goal. In 2001, Confer was drafted in the fifth round of the Global Draft by the WUSA's Boston Breakers.
A native of Clearwater, Fla., Confer was a standout at Clearwater Central Catholic High School finishing her prep career with 227 goals including 80 in her senior season. She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from UNC in 1998.