Women's Soccer Names Joe Mallia Assistant Head Coach

June 10, 2005

Los Angeles, CA - UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis announced the hiring of Joe Mallia as assistant head coach of the women's soccer program Wednesday. Mallia comes to UCLA from Loyola College (Md.), where he has served as head coach for the past seven years. He replaces Kat Mertz, who after five seasons as an assistant in Westwood, accepted the head coaching position at UNLV in April.

'I am extremely pleased that Joe will be joining the UCLA staff,' said Ellis. 'His successful coaching experience, playing background, and strong personal qualities make him a fantastic addition to our program. I know that the players, staff and UCLA community will directly benefit from Joe's decision to be a part of the Bruin family.'

Mallia, who is coming off five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances at Loyola, compiled an overall record of 89-45-9 in seven years. This past season, the Greyhounds outscored Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents by a 26-1 margin, breaking the school single-season record for most wins (16), highest winning percentage (.800), most points (160) and goals (59). Loyola also recently captured the MAAC regular season and post-season tournament titles.

'I'm leaving one great place and going to another,' said Mallia, who has served as goalkeeper coach for the Under-21 U.S. National Team the past two years. 'Loyola has been great to me. The most difficult part of this decision was leaving the players I recruited and people I worked with. This was a tough decision, but a great opportunity to step into one of the top five programs in the country.'

A native of Syosset, N.Y., Mallia was a goalkeeper at Old Dominion University from 1987-91, earning team MVP honors in 1990. He graduated with a degree in sports medicine, leaving ODU as the school's career leader in saves (206) and shutouts (20). He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.