UCLA Women's Soccer Names Shannon MacMillan Assistant Coach
July 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA head women's soccer coach Jillian Ellis announced the hiring of former U.S. National Team star Shannon MacMillan to the position of assistant coach on Monday. MacMillan, who was a key player with the national team from 1993 to 2005, joins first-year assistant B.J. Snow in rounding out Ellis' coaching staff.
'I am thrilled to have Shannon join our program,' said Ellis, who is entering her ninth season as head coach at UCLA. 'She has experienced the game at the highest level, and I am certain our players will benefit from her expertise.'
MacMillan brings a wealth of experience to the program, having played 12 years with the U.S. Women's National Team from 1993 to 2005. During her career she was a member of two U.S. Women's World Cup teams (1999 and 2003), helping the U.S. to a championship in 1999. She also played in two Olympic Games, winning gold in 1996 and silver in 2000. She enjoyed her best season at the international level in 2002, scoring 17 goals en route to earning U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year honors. She currently ranks seventh all-time in three U.S. National Team categories, including: appearances (176), goals (60) and points (173). MacMillan began her career as a forward before moving to the midfield position in 2000.
Prior to joining the U.S. National Team, MacMillan was a standout at the University of Portland, earning All-America honors from 1992-95. During her senior season in 1995, she was named the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C) Player of the Year, and won the Hermann Trophy - another national player of the year award.
MacMillan, who grew up in Escondido, Calif., was also one of the founding members of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), playing for her hometown San Diego Spirit.