The Pacific Tiger Family Mourns the Loss of Wendy Woolgar, ’98

Photos courtesy of Pacific Athletics and Michelle Gardner, '98
Photos courtesy of Pacific Athletics and Michelle Gardner, '98

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's soccer community and the Pacific Tiger family mourns the loss of Wendy Woolgar, '98, who tragically passed away this past month.

Woolgar is also remembered by her former head coach at Pacific, Keith Coleman. Coleman led the Tigers for 22 seasons, from 1994 through the 2015 season, alongside his wife and assistant coach Michelle Coleman. 

"Michelle and I were devastated to learn of Wendy's passing," he said. "She was a primary leader of our team during her four years at Pacific and her contributions were countless.  Her zest for life was only matched by ability to create scoring chances for herself and her teammates. Wendy was an artist on the ball and a primary piece of a team that scored seemingly at will.  She was a remarkable person who always arrived with a smile and work ethic that was contagious. Wendy will be remembered as a one of our founding players and a record holder who helped put the Pacific Soccer Team on the map. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and Pacific teammates."

Woolgar played for Pacific from 1995-98 and finished her career as the all-time leader in points (115), goals (38) and assists (39), and she currently remains the program's all-time leader in assists and points. She played a huge role on the 1998 Tiger squad that went 15-3-3 overall, including an undefeated 7-0-2 in the Big West en route to becoming  Big West Regular Season Champions as well as Big West Tournament Champions. That team also reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and reached the second round after defeating California 2-1 in the postseason opener. Woolgar scored 12 goals and logged eight assists that year, and was named First Team All-Big West.

In 2010, Woolgar and the rest of the 1998 Tiger squad were inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame for their fantastic season.

"Wendy should be remembered for her tenacity, her impressive talent, love of team, and passion for the sport of soccer," said former teammate and lifelong friend Michelle Gardner, '98. " She was a fierce competitor and left everything on the field.  She kept a positive spirit and winning attitude, and was an integral part of the '98 UOP Women's Soccer Big West Championship and NCAA Tournament win."

Her teammates from the 1998 women's soccer team are planning a donation in Wendy's honor at the new Pacific Soccer Stadium.