Stephanie Yarem Ransom
Oct. 13, 2011
By Aimee Russo, UGA Sports Communications
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer program achieved its 200th win at home this past weekend with a dramatic win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Oct. 7. The achievement is a major milestone for the program that made its humble beginnings in 1995. As a member of the inaugural team, Stephanie Yarem Ransom, director of business operations in the UGA Athletic Association, is proud to be able to see the progress first hand.
Ransom, who was hired by the business office in 2000, was an All-American and All-SEC letterwinner for Georgia from 1995 to 1998. Her experience with all of those involved with the program makes the success of the accomplishment that much more meaningful.
“I think it’s a testament to the program overall. Many people put time and energy into this,” Ransom said. “Everything the players have put into it, everything the coaches have put into it and the administration here is really a testament to where this program is going.”
The former Stephanie Yarem of Gainesville, Ga., played a key role in launching the program in its early years. The Georgia women’s soccer team is not the first pioneer women’s team on which Ransom has experience competing. After playing on the men’s soccer team for her freshman and sophomore years of high school, she was a letterwinner on the school’s first women’s team. She explains that the same way women’s soccer has grown, the Georgia program has experienced growth as well.
“It’s been fun to watch the program as well as women’s soccer in general,” Ransom said. “Obviously we had the opportunity to be on the first team, which that in itself was fun and exciting. I just see the progression and how much more skilled, more athletic the girls are getting compared to our team. So I think that we’ve seen growth in the players and growth in the game itself.”
Ransom still holds many individual records in the Georgia soccer books, including the most single-season goals (18), game-winning goals in a season (8) and career game-winning goals (15). The dedicated player translates the lessons she acquired on the field to her current work within the athletic association.
“I think being able to work in an environment with a lot of different people, a lot of different pressures, having to manage your time, just understanding all that has probably helped me the most,” Ransom said. “It’s a different environment, but the same basic skill set is the same.”
Ransom keeps up with the team today and even played in the 2011 Alumni game. She hopes to remain involved with the program, saying, “The older I get and the more I get involved with my own kids, we try to go to as many soccer games as possible, and I try to stay in contact with the coaches when I can. I wish there was time to be more involved. But trust me, I still read everything; I know what they’re doing.”
Since her playing years, Ransom has had the opportunity to see the progression of the Georgia soccer program since its opening season. With the success the program has already attained, Ransom anticipates the future of the team.
“I think the type of players we’ve been able to bring in here has been exciting. We’ve had some really great players come through here,” she said. “It’s been successful, and I’m sure it will continue.”