Last week, Andy Noel, the Cornell Director of Athletics, named Melissa Batie-Smoose the Wendy Schaenen ’79 head coach of volleyball and Patrick Farmer the head coach of the women’s soccer program.
Batie-Smoose comes to Cornell with nearly 20 years of coaching experience at nearly every collegiate level, with a legacy as the most successful head coach in the history of Savannah College of Art & Design, where she led the team to a 81-43 overall record.
Farmer comes to the Red with 19 years of head coaching experience, sporting a 261-97-40 career record for his time with Ithaca College, Penn State, Tennessee Tech and Syracuse. Farmer was the first women’s soccer head coach at Penn State in 1994. He was also inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.