Ali Khosroshahin Named USC Women's Soccer Head Coach
Dec. 26, 2006
Ali Khosroshahin, a 3-time Big West Coach of the Year who guided Cal State Fullerton to 3 NCAA Tournament appearances and had winning seasons in each of his 6 years there, has been named the head coach of the USC women's soccer team, Trojan athletic director Mike Garrett announced today.
'We are delighted to have someone of Ali's background and ability join us,' said Garrett. 'He did an outstanding job of building Cal State Fullerton into a nationally-competitive program. We anticipate he will lead our women's team to national prominence.'
Said Khosroshahin: 'I am honored that USC has provided me the privilege of leading its women's soccer program. I am excited about the opportunity to take the program to new levels of success in the coming years.'
Khosroshahin, 36, takes over for Jim Millinder, whose contract was not renewed last month after 11 years as the Women of Troy's head coach.
Khosroshahin (pronounced khos-ROW-shaw-HEEN) recorded a number of milestones during his 6 years (2001-06) with the Titans after taking over a fledgling program that had posted winning records only twice in its previous 8-year history. He won 64.8% of his matches (76-40-6), including a 34-13-3 (71.0%) league mark. His 76 overall wins and 34 Big West victories were more than the school had totalled in either category before he took over.
He produced 44 player who were named to All-Big West Conference squads, including 23 first teamers, plus 13 who made various All-West Region teams and 2 All-Americans. He twice was runnerup for Soccer Buzz West Region Coach of the Year (2001and 2005).
His 2006 squad went 12-8-2 (its third straight 10-win season), won a second consecutive Big West Tournament championship and became the first Big West school to win NCAA Tournament matches in back-to-back seasons. He was the Big West's Coach of the Year for the second season in a row.
In 2005, Cal State Fullerton was 19-4 (a school record for victories), had a 10-match winning streak, captured the Big West regular season (6-1) and Tournament crowns and became the first Big West team to advance to the third round of the NCAA tourney (the Titans did so after posting a second round win over USC).
In his 2001 debut season, he was the Big West Coach of the Year as the Titans finished 13-7 and won the Big West regular season title (8-1) while garnering the school's first-ever NCAA tourney berth. He then went 12-5-1 in 2002, 9-8-2 in 2003 (with wins or ties over 3 Top 20 teams) and 11-8-1 in 2004 (with a 7-match winning streak) while finishing first in the Big West regular season race at 7-1-1.
Before taking over at Cal State Fullerton, he was an assistant with the Titans' women's and men's programs for 4 years (1997-2000). The men advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 1998 and 2000.
He began his coaching career in 1992 as the boys varsity head coach at Canyon High in Anaheim (Calif.), where he was the Century League Coach of the Year in 1993. He then was the girls varsity head coach at San Marino (Calif.) High in 1994.
He broke into the collegiate ranks in 1994, serving as a graduate assistant with the men's team at his alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles, as the Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs that season. He then became a fulltime women's and men's assistant there for 3 seasons (1995-97) before going to Cal State Fullerton.
Khosroshahin also has coached at the international level. He was an assistant with Mexico during the 1999 Women's World Cup, was on the staff of Mexico's U-19 Women's National Program in 2004 and the U-20 squad in 2005 and helped the Mexican women's team prepare for the 2004 Olympics. He also assisted during the U.S. Women's Indoor Soccer Victory Tour following their 1999 Women's World Cup title and even coached the U.S. National team during a match.
He has been a head coach for the U.S. Olympic Development Program, the San Fernando Valley Quakes men's team of the United Soccer Leagues and numerous club teams at various age levels.
He was a 2-year (1989-90) letterman at Cal State Fullerton before transferring to Cal State Los Angeles for his final 2 seasons (1991-92). He played 2 years (1995-96) with the Standard Falcons and then 1997 with the Valley Eagles in the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL).
He earned his 'A' coaching license from the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2002 (after getting his 'C' license in 1998 and his 'B' in 2001).
He received his bachelor's degree in business administration (marketing management emphasis) from Cal State Los Angeles in 1994. He currently is pursuing a master's degree in sports psychology from Cal State Fullerton.
Born Feb. 26, 1970, he is engaged to Sara Matin.
The USC women's soccer program, begun in 1993, has appeared in 8 NCAA tourneys (1998-2003, 05-06) and won the 1998 Pac-10 title. The 2006 Women of Troy were 11-5-5, placed fifth in the Pac-10 and lost in the NCAA second round.