Class of 2023

Julianne Sitch

Soccer Player and Coach

Hailing from suburban Oswego, Illinois, Julianne Sitch’s soccer journey has been filled with extraordinary accomplishments. As a standout player at DePaul University, she left an indelible mark on the women’s program as the all-time leading scorer when she concluded her playing career.

After her successful college playing career, Sitch continued to excel as a professional, winning a team MVP with Melbourne Victory FC in 2009. She then signed with The Chicago Red Stars in 2010, showcasing her exceptional skills with the club until 2014.

Transitioning into coaching, she began as an assistant coach for The University of Chicago’s women’s soccer team before moving on to take the helm as the head coach of the men’s soccer team, the Maroons.

In 2022, Sitch achieved NCAA history by becoming the first woman to coach and win a national championship in men’s soccer in any division. Under her guidance, the men’s team achieved a historic milestone, capturing an undefeated National Championship.

Inducted into The Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, Julianne Sitch’s remarkable soccer career as both a player and coach is celebrated. Her dedication to the sport, groundbreaking achievements, and mentorship continue to inspire and shape the soccer community in the Chicago area and beyond.

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