Profile on Men’s Soccer head coach Jesse Cormier

With an impressive resume, men’s soccer head coach Jesse Cormier is trying to pass along his skills.

After a brief professional soccer career in the U.S. and England, Cormier became the first UVM alumnus to coach a varsity team.

Head coach Jesse Cormier and his staff have already been recognized, as they won the 2012 America East Coaching Staff of the Year.

Profile on Men's Soccer head coach Jesse Cormier PHOTO BY PHIL CARRUTHERS
Profile on Men’s Soccer head coach Jesse Cormier PHOTO BY PHIL CARRUTHERS

Through 2014, Cormier has a 89-75-43 record and a 38-28-18 record in America East play, according to UVM athletics. 

Cormier is a 1995 UVM graduate. He played with the Catamounts for four years, scoring a total of 24 goals, which is tied for sixth in UVM history, according to UVM Athletics. In his 12th season in charge of the men’s soccer team, he is trying to transfer his knowledge to the players he trains.

“I was shaped here. I had a great coach when I was part of this program, and was able to grow up and learn a lot about myself,” Cormier said. “The goals I scored, I wanted them to be the deciding goals to help the team win. As a coach, I want to teach these players the same thing.”

Junior midfielder Skyler Davis only had positive things to say about Cormier and his coaching staff after the Catamounts defeated the University of Maryland, Baltimore County 3-0 Oct. 14.

“They do a great job recruiting and bringing all the guys in, but they also do a great job in helping us to lead by example,” Davis said. “They definitely help us to be more prepared and to get wins like today.”

Cormier is always passing on his love for the game to the younger generations. He is a part of the Vermont Futbol Academy program, which trains young children and teenagers during the summer and winter.

His main focus, however, is the men’s soccer team at UVM. “I think the team is finally realizing how good they could be,” Cormier said.

The team has been playing well as of late. Their last two games ended in wins against University of Hartford and UMBC, ending Hartford’s home unbeaten streak of 16 games, and UMBC’s unbeaten streak of 27 games, according to UVM athletics.

The Cats next play Oct. 24 at home against UMass Lowell.