West Windsor, N.J. – Elyse Diamond of Yardville will join the athletics staff at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) as head coach for women’s soccer.
According to MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, Diamond has been part of the college’s athletics network for many years – as a long-time coach at Nottingham High School who saw many of her graduating players join the Mercer team, as the mother of two daughters who played at the college, most recently Katie Diamond, who completed her sophomore season with the Vikings in the fall, and as a 1984 alumna who played two years of Mercer soccer and still holds the record for most goals scored (118 in two seasons).
“We are very pleased to have Elyse on board. She has extensive coaching experience working with female athletes and fully understands the role of athletics within the college’s mission. She is a superstar in the soccer community,” Simone said.
Diamond’s success on the turf includes a year at Rutgers, where her scoring record was only recently broken by Carli Lloyd (of the U.S. Women’s National Team). Her record of 112 goals as a player at Hamilton High School West also still stands.
Diamond comes to Mercer after 25 years as Nottingham’s women's soccer coach and is eager to guide players at the college level. “Girls have only certain knowledge coming out of high school. They don’t fully comprehend the game until they get to college. It’s a lot more physical and it’s longer by ten minutes. Those are crucial minutes. I am looking forward to coaching this age group,” she said.