On August 28, 2004, William and Mary officially dedicated Albert-Daly Field, the College's new grass facility for soccer and lacrosse. Longtime athletic benefactors Jim and Bobbie Ukrop (classes of '60 and '61, respectively) spearheaded the creation of the new field with a $500,000 challenge grant and suggested the facility honor longtime men's soccer coach Al Albert (now working with the Tribe Club after coaching for 33 years) and 26-year head women's soccer coach John Daly, who also served for six years as an assistant men's coach. As graduates of William and Mary, Jim and Bobbie Ukrop have long been generous supporters of the College and have touched the lives of thousands of students, both in the athletics department and general college community, with their philanthropy. The $1 million natural grass field is adjacent to W&M's baseball stadium, Plumeri Park, located at the College's Dillard complex.
The Tribe received yet another facility upgrade in 2010. The new stadium - the Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field - named in honor of Eff and Patty Martin, and their children, Andrew, Christine and Julia '09 - is a 1,000-seat pavilion, which features a state-of-the-art press box, filming positions and restroom facilities. The project will be completed in the spring of 2011.
History of the Facility
The project began in the spring of 2001, when William and Mary received a $500,000 challenge grant from Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ukrop of Richmond, Va., to build a natural grass field adjacent to W&M's baseball stadium, Plumeri Park, located at the College's Dillard complex.
As graduates of William and Mary, Jim and Bobbie Ukrop have long been generous supporters of the College and have touched the lives of thousands of students, both in the athletics department and general college community, with their philanthropy.
"The challenge grant provided us the opportunity to enhance the competitiveness of three of our very successful programs, men's and women's soccer and lacrosse," said William and Mary Athletics Director Terry Driscoll. "At the request by Mr. and Mrs. Ukrop, the facility would be named in the honor of those two coaches recognizing their long service and the success of their programs here at the College of William and Mary."
Al Albert led the Tribe men's soccer team as head coach for 33 seasons before retiring from coaching in January of 2004. He amassed a record of 401-187-64 (.664) during his tenure and became just the eighth coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 400 wins, and just the third to have earned all those wins at one school. Throughout the 1990s, the Tribe ranked as one of the top programs in the nation, placing eighth in wins (149) and 13th in winning percentage (.708).
A 1969 graduate of William and Mary, Albert's teams put together 29 consecutive winning seasons (a W&M record) and 26 straight campaigns of 10 wins or more. W&M made its 12th appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2002, when the Tribe advanced to the round of 16 with wins at Duke and Virginia. Albert was named CAA Coach of the Year a conference-record four times (1987, 1992, 1994 and 1996), and earned the South Atlantic Region's top honor in 1992, 1998 and 2002.
John Daly reigns among the most successful coaches in America, leading the Tribe's women's soccer program over the last 20 years. Daly ranks among the top 10 in victories (347) among his Division I peers. He has also directed W&M to the NCAA postseason 24 times, including 13 seasons in a row from 1992-2004. Overall, the College has sponsored women's soccer for 32 years with the team advancing to the NCAA Tournament 24 times.
On the field, during Daly's tutelage, 14 W&M soccer players have garnered a total of 30 All-America honors, including two National Players of the Year in Megan McCarthy (1987) and four-time All-American Natalie Neaton (1995). Daly has been named CAA Coach of the Year five times (1993, 1994, 1999, 2006 and 2011) and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year five times (1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2006).
Directions to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field:
From the North/West: Take I-64 East to Lightfoot Exit 234. (Route 199 East). At top of exit ramp, take a right onto Route 199 East. Stay on 199 East until the Longhill Road exit. Exit at Longhill Road. At the top of the exit ramp, take a left at the light onto Longhill Road. Continue straight through another stoplight, then bear to the right as Longhill Road becomes Longhill Connector Road. At the next stoplight (in front of Eastern State Hospital), take a left onto Ironbound Road. Plumeri Park is on the left; the entrance will be the first driveway on the left. Albert-Daly Field is behind Plumeri Park.
From the South/East: Take I-64 West to Exit 242A (Route 199 West). Follow 199 through five stoplights. After the fifth light, take the next exit, Monticello Avenue. Bear right on the exit ramp and merge onto Monticello Avenue. At the fourth stoplight, take a left onto Ironbound Road. At the second stoplight, take a right, staying on Ironbound. Plumeri Park will be on your left; the entrance is the first driveway on the left. Albert-Daly Field is behind Plumeri Park.