Amanda Gagliano
Title: Assistant Director of Intramurals and Open Recreation
Phone: 315-684-6286
Previous College: University of Virginia '12

Fancher joins the Morrisville State College athletic department in the Spring 2016 as head coach of the women’s soccer program and assistant director of intramurals and open recreation.

For the past two seasons Fancher has served as assistant coach of the women’s soccer program for the Division I University of Central Arkansas Bears. This past season she was part of the coaching staff that led the Bears to the opening round of the Southland Tournament, finishing the season with a 7-11-2 overall record.

While on the staff at Central Arkansas, Fancher was also actively involved in the Arkansas U9G Rush Youth Academy as a head coach, also serving as assistant coach for U14B and U11G Rush Competitive programs.

Fancher had a successful four-year career as a right back defender with the University of Virginia women’s soccer program where she played a key role in leading the Cavaliers to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16 three times, and Elite 8 once. Also during her career with Virginia, the team appeared in the ACC tournament each season, advancing to the championship game once, and semifinals twice.

Upon graduation in 2012 with a double major in psychology and sociology, Fancher played two seasons for the semi-professional Ottawa Fury in the W-League, and was named the 2011 W-League Defender of the Year. During that time, she was also named the Best Player to Ever Wear an Ottawa Fury Jersey.

In 2013, she spent a season in the professional leagues in Finland, playing for the Nice Futis.

Fancher has a wealth of playing and coaching experience to her backing, having been named a two-time All-American in high school and earning State Most Valuable Player honors for the State Team that won the only Texas state championship in school history. She began her playing experience with ODP Region III at just 14 years old, continuing until her acceptance of a full-scholarship with the Cavaliers at Virginia. She was also a six-year member of the United States Women’s Youth National Soccer team during that time.

Fancher currently holds a USSF Soccer E Coaching License and continues to be actively involved in camps and clinics throughout the United States. She currently is an Olympic Development Program Evaluator in Arkansas.

Aside from her playing experiences, the Dallas, Texas native also spent time in Costa Rica and Hawaii organic farming, before returning state side to join the Central Arkansas staff.

Fancher will also serve as the assistant director of intramural activities and open recreation at Morrisville State.