Jim Nestor begins his 12th season as Head Coach of the Salisbury University women's soccer team in 2012.
Nestor has guided Salisbury to a 114-69-22 record in his 11
seasons at the helm of the Sea Gulls. His resume at Salisbury
includes six trips to the CAC championship game, including,
the 2011 CAC title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Women's
In 2011, the Sea Gulls won their fourth CAC title in overtime against St. Mary's (Md.) College, 1-0, sending them to their fourth NCAA tournament appearance. The women recorded an overall record of 13-6-2 and garnered six All-CAC accolades, including Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year. This marked the first-ever Rookie of the Year honor for Salisbury and Nestor's second Coach of the Year honor.
In 2010, the Sea Gulls advanced to the CAC semifinals, marking
an appearance in the semifinals in each of Nestor's ten seasons. SU
had four players garner All-CAC accolades, including two first-team
The 2009 season was a fantastic season for Nestor and his Sea Gulls as they posted a 10-3-3 record. Five Sea Gulls were named to All-CAC teams.
The 2007 season, which was Nestor's seventh at the helm, proved to be SU's best season since 2001. Along the way to an impressive 14-4-1 record, Nestor guided the Sea Gulls to a nine-game unbeaten streak. This eventually propelled the maroon and gold to a No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament, where they were dethroned by York in the CAC title game. SU received a Pool C bid into the NCAA tournament as the Sea Gulls made their second trip to the NCAA tournament during the Nestor era (third overall for SU). The team posted nine shutouts on the year, five against CAC foes. In 2007, Nestor saw his first CAC Player of the Year in senior forward Kate Weaver. The team also had two other All-CAC performers in senior Robyn Bishop and sophomore Hillary Grove. Junior goalkeeper Gena Goodson was named to the second team.
Nestor has coached 40 All-CAC recipients in his tenure at SU. Weaver was named to the Academic All-America First Team in the 2007-08 academic year.
Nestor got the Sea Gulls back on track in the 2006 season as they claimed the CAC title a year after suffering the program's first losing season. He was named CAC Coach of the Year in 2006 while leading Salisbury to wins in four of the team's final five regular season games and three consecutive shutouts in the CAC tournament. The Sea Gulls ranked among the conference's best statistically as they had the No. 1-ranked scoring offense and No. 2-ranked defense. The NCAA tournament berth was the program's second overall and first under the tutelage of Nestor.
Other highlights during Nestor's tenure include a team record of nine consecutive shutouts in both 2001 and again in 2004 and unbeaten streaks of both nine and 10 games.
Nestor inherited a Sea Gull soccer program that has known nothing but success since moving to varsity status in 1994. The Sea Gulls enjoyed their most successful season ever in 2000, registering a record-setting 20-1-2 season that included their second conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament's final eight. Salisbury recorded an NCAA-best 22-game unbeaten streak and was the last undefeated team in the nation that season.
Salisbury has had 16 winning season in its 18-year history and recorded double-digit win totals in 14 of those seasons. The Sea Gulls have had 72 players earn all-conference recognition since 1994 and has a stellar 185-76-22 all-time record in their 15 varsity campaigns.
In addition to his duties with the women's soccer program, Nestor is also the head coach of the women's lacrosse team. He led the women's lacrosse team to the 2010 NCAA title.
Nestor, a 1990 graduate of Salisbury, returned to his alma mater after serving as the head coach for women's lacrosse and women's soccer at Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pa., from 1995-2001. He posted a 49-44 record in five seasons of guiding the Gannon women's soccer program. Nestor brought with him 10 years of coaching experience to Salisbury, including stints at Frostburg State University (1991-92), Colby-Sawyer College (1992-94) and Lafayette College (1994). In 13 seasons of coaching women's soccer at Gannon and Salisbury, Nestor has an overall record of 163-113-22.
Originally from Laurel, Md., Nestor received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Salisbury in 1990. He was a four-year letterman on the Sea Gull lacrosse and wrestling teams during his collegiate career. Nestor earned his master's degree in health and physical education at Frostburg State in 1992. His wife, Linda, is also a Salisbury graduate and played for years of lacrosse.
Coach Nestor's Record at SU
|2006||10-7-1||5-2||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2007||14-4-1||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Finalists|
||13-6-2||7-1||NCAA Tournmament appearnce, CAC Champions
|3 NCAA Tournament appearances
2 CAC Championship