Vicki Sterner enters her 19th season as the head women's soccer coach with a rebuilt squad after last year's 9-6-3 mark. Sterner lost a key group of eight players to graduation but has reloaded for 2015.
Sterner is the only coach in the history of the program as she has posted a career mark of 202-131-33, good for a winning percentage of 59.6%. Throw out the record for the first two years of the program and that winning percentage jumps to 62% (187-110-32). Sterner has posted double-digit wins in 13 of the last 17 seasons and earned her 100th victory with the 4-1 win over Goucher on October 11, 2005. Her 150th career victory came on September 25, 2010 at Wesley as the Spartans downed the Wolverines 3-0. Her 200th win came in the 1-0 win at Frostburg State on October 15, 2014.
Sterner's best year came in 2007 when the Spartans captured their first ever Capital Athletic Conference championship and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Sterner, the 2001, 2003, and 2007 Capital Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year, guided the Spartans to a school-record 15 victories as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after picking up wins over highly-regarded Richard Stockton and Virginia Wesleyan in the opening two rounds.
The Spartans picked up their second Capital Athletic Conference championship in 2013 as they bested Christopher Newport in penalty kicks in the CAC tournament championship. York finished second in the regular season with a mark of 6-1-1. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history with the conference championship. The Green and White opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over Carnegie Mellon and then saw their season come to an end with a 1-0 loss late in double overtime to #6 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Sterner is responsible for recruiting and coaching five CAC Rookies-of-the-Year and 37 players that have gone on to earn 33 first-team and 30 second-team All-CAC accolades. Former goalkeeper Amanda Lomberg became the first Spartan to earn All Mid-Atlantic region honors in the fall of 2005 as the Spartan program continues to be recognized for its outstanding and elevated level of play. In 2006, Lomberg was joined by Emily Sullivan and Erin Kuhn on the All Mid-Atlantic team while Sullivan and Kuhn each earned All-American recognition. Standout defender Kali MacGregor was a two-time All-Region selection in 2007 and 2008. Defender Lauren Stewart joined that list in 2009 with her appearance on the All-Regional squad. Current goalkeeper Melanie Glesser earned D3Soccer.com second-team All-American after her stellar 2012 campaign. Glessner earned NSCAA All-region honors after her 2014 season.
The Spartans earned a pair of NCAA statistical championships in 2012 as they notched a team save percentage of 94.2% while Glessner eanred the national championship for save percentage at 94.1%. York also finished second in goals against average (0.304) and shutout percentage at 83.3%. York recorded 15 shutouts in 18 games for the season. Glessner finished second in Division III for individual goals against average at 0.31 GAA.
Sterner has a solid track record and is well respected within Central Pennsylvania soccer. She is the former head coach at Spring Grove High School where the Rockets won two league titles, one in 1996 and one in 1997. She has also coached the Central Pennsylvania Select Under 19 and Under 16 teams.
Al Chesnavage is in his ninth year on Vicki Sterner’s staff after a career as a highly respected coach in the Southern Pennsylvania region. Chesnavage is familiar with the Spartan program as his daugher Maria is one of the best players to ever don the green and white.
He owns an impressive playing resume as he attended and played at the University of Baltimore, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1979. He continued his playing career in the Maryland Major Soccer League.
He brings a wealth of coaching experience highlighted by leading the Kennard-Dale Rams to a 2004 YAIAA County Championship, the first time a Division II team won the title. The Rams repeated their division championship in 2005 as they went 9-0-1 for the year. Chesnavage is currently the president of the Barrens Travel Soccer Club where he also coaches. He has led his various travel teams to six championships in different age brackets. He is currently coaching a U-17 and U-13 York County Girls Elite teams.
Chesnavage is responsible for assisting in all aspects of the women's soccer program and is a very visible face on the recruiting trails for York.
Tom Esler is in his fourth year on Coach Sterner's staff as he brings exceptional coaching experience to the York program. Prior to his arrival in York, Esler was a three-year assistant for Division I Delaware State University. Before his stint at Delaware State, he served for five seasons as an assistant at Division III Wittenberg University.
A consumate student of the game, he brings a detail-oriented style to the Spartan sideline. Esler possesses an outstanding knowledge of the game, beginning with the goalkeeper and through the attack, which has aided the development of the Spartan student-athletes.
Esler holds a USSF National license and was the Director of Coaching for a large club in Maryland. He also served with the Maryland ODP program.
Esler lives in York with his wife Vendla and has four grown sons.