College Sports

With retirement, W&M loses more than a soccer coach

Like most fans of the College of William and Mary women's soccer, I was shocked and dismayed by Coach John Daly's — JD’s — unexpected and sudden decision to retire. The Athletic Department has been silent on the reasons for this decision, but what is clear is that JD's departure is a great loss not only for Tribe athletics, but also the entire college community.

In his 31 years as coach, he did everything the right way. During his tenure, his players were the epitome of what student athletes should be.

To be sure, they won matches: 413 of them against 176 losses and 67 ties. These wins led to 10 CAA titles and 22 NCAA Tournament appearances. Fifteen players won a total of 32...