2019 was a year to remember for the Jefferson University Women's Soccer program with a 15-6 record and their fourth CACC Championship in program history. After a 3 year hiatus from silverware, newly appointed Head Coach, Socrates Nicolaidis brought technology into the Ram's program.
"I first came across SPT in Melbourne, Australia as some of my players at South Melbourne FC and Melbourne Victory we using them individually to help monitor their workloads and keep them injury-free," explains Nicolaidis.
"In season 2019 at Jefferson we had zero soft tissue injuries as the data we received helped us rotate and roster and keep everyone healthy. It was also used as a tool to help motivate the players when they compared their data to one another. It created a very competitive training environment," says Nicolaidis.
That competitive environment not only led to Nicolaidis being selected as the CACC Coach of the Year for his work but also allowed players like Erin Tinneny and Laural Erick to be chosen as the CACC Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year respectively.
"Our athletes were excited and proud that they had a resource that professional players had access to and it certainly lifted the morale and intensity at every session," said Nicolaidis.
"The results that came out of the data showed the players that they were getting fitter while doing more high-intensity bouts. It also provided information like kilometers run in a game which allowed us to prepare a periodization program that included recovery and fitness".
The Rams cracked the program's all-time top ten in points, goals, assists, goals against average, wins, and shutouts in a single season. Jefferson posted a school-record 11-game win streak during the campaign.
The team have followed up their success by being crowned CACC champions yet again for the 2020-2021 season!
"The use of SPT GPS units has certainly raised the bar. When players check out the GameTraka and see their results they get fired up!! It certainly has had a huge impact on our program".