Paul Ratcliffe Named Head Women's Soccer Coach
Feb. 10, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University announces today that Paul Ratcliffe has been named the head women's soccer coach. Ratcliffe, who coached at Saint Mary's the past five seasons, takes over the Cardinal program that has appeared in the postseason 12 of the last 13 years.
'We are very excited to have a coach of Paul Ratcliffe's caliber join the Stanford Athletic Department and work with our student-athletes,' said Athletic Director Ted Leland. 'We are extremely proud of our women's soccer team and their recent accomplishments and are looking forward to even greater accomplishments under Paul's leadership.'
'I am looking forward to the challenges of continuing the great soccer program at Stanford, ' said Ratcliffe. 'Stanford is very talented and I am excited to have the opportunity to coach them.'
Ratcliffe, the 2001 West Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year, spent five seasons at the helm of the Saint Mary's women's soccer team. Ratcliffe led the Gaels to a 55-34-7 overall record, 21-13-1 in WCC action.
The 2001 season was Ratcliffe's most successful with the Saint Mary's program. With only one senior in the starting lineup, the Gaels attained the highest national ranking for the program (7th), set a school record with a 13-game winning streak and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to Saint Mary's, Ratcliffe was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1994-97. With the Bruins, he was instrumental in their undefeated 1997 Pac-10 title and NCAA Tournament Final Eight appearance. Ratcliffe also served as interim head coach from January to August of 1996.
Ratcliffe earned his National 'A' License in 1999 from the United States Soccer Federation. A graduate from UCLA in 1994, Ratcliffe earned a degree in Sociology with a specialization in Business Administration. As a Bruin, he lettered four years at midfield where he was a member of the 1990 national championship team. He tallied 30 points in 73 matches during his career at UCLA.
After his collegiate career, Ratcliffe played professionally for the Los Angeles United in 1993 and the Anaheim Splash in 1994 in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL).
'Paul is a man of unflappable character and integrity and is known as an excellent communicator, tactician and team builder,' said Leland. 'We are confident he will run a first class women's soccer program on the field and off, one that our student-athletes, alumni, and fans can be proud of.'