Wellesley College Profile
Building Blue Strength
The Blue soccer team’s home field is on the beautiful 450 acre Wellesley campus in Massachusetts, but the Blue players hail from 12 different states. A geographic diverse roster of individuals brought together as a cohesive unit; that’s the challenge and goal of seven year Wellesley Coach Melissa Price. While The Blue have enjoyed some success in recent years, the soccer program is still in the growth phase of its development. The overarching goal is to become one of the strongest teams in the highly competitive New England Region.
An ardent believer in the liberal arts college athlete experience, Coach Price Price came to Wellesley following six seasons as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Nevada. While at Nevada, Coach Price was responsible for all aspects of the Division I program, guiding the Wolf Pack to the Mountain West Conference semifinals in 2012. Off the field, over 50 Nevada student-athletes earned academic all-conference recognition during Price’s tenure with the program. In nine seasons as a collegiate head coach Price has a career record of 50-102-17.
Coach Price has also authored and co-authored work on leadership and life skills that has been published in academic journals, including: The Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and The Sport Psychologist. She had also served as a reviewer for The Sport Psychologist, the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and The Journal of Applied Sport Psychology since 2010. She has also authored delivered numerous academic professional presentations on leadership and life skills.
Wellesley aligns itself within NCAA Division III to provide student athletes the opportunity to maintain academic, athletic, and social balance in its truest sense. While soccer is a priority, Wellesley student athletes are also afforded the freedom to develop interests outside of their sport. In addition to pursuing their academic goals, many participate in corporate internships, research, and take advantage of expansive semester abroad programs around the world.
Wellesley College, located just 16 miles from Boston, is one of the premier Liberal Arts Colleges in the country and consistently ranks in the top ten amongst the US News & World Report's Best Colleges. Considered the world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley is known for its intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service, and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership. Diane Sawyer, Cokie Roberts, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Persis Drell, Pamela Melroy, Ali MacGraw - Wellesley alum read as a Who’s Who list of famous and successful women. Its distinguished history, strong sense of community, and proximity to one of America’s best cities, makes Wellesley an attractive option for the student athlete with high personal, intellectual, and professional expectations.
Founded in 1870, Wellesley is a member of the original Seven Sisters Colleges. The College enrolls approximately 2,400 students from all 50 states and 75 countries. Wellesley’s admissions are highly competitive; its SAT 25th-75th percentile range is 1940 to 2210, and it accepts only around 30% of those who apply.