Peter van de Ven Hired As UCLA Men's Soccer Assistant Coach

July 2, 2001

UCLA men's soccer head coach Todd Saldana announced the hiring of former University of Washington standout Peter van de Ven as goalkeeper coach.

Van de Ven was an assistant at Chapman University from 1999-2000, coaching both the men's and women's teams to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. From 1999-2001, he also served as assistant coach/goalkeeper coach at Mater Dei HS, which won back-to-back CIF Championships in 1999 and 2000. He also has experience at the club level, coaching the Irvine Lasers U-17 and U-16 Boys and the San Juan Soccer Club U-17 Girls.

A first-team Academic All-American at the University of Washington, van de Ven led his team to the 1998 MPSF Championship and to NCAA Tournament berths from 1997-98. As a senior, he earned first-team All-MPSF acclaim. He had previously played two years at the University of Notre Dame, where he also helped his team reach the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

Upon graduating from Washington in 1998 with a B.A. in Psychology, van de Ven enjoyed a successful professional career and spent parts of the 2000 season with the Los Angeles Galaxy. As a member of the Orange County Waves in 2000, he had five shutouts in 15 starts.

The Santa Ana native was a first-team all-state selection at Mater Dei HS, where he posted 16 shutouts and captained his squad to the CIF Southern Section title as a senior.

'Peter is one of the top up-and-coming goalkeeper coaches in the region,' said Saldana. 'He has excellent playing experience, as well as collegiate and youth coaching experience.'

Van de Ven replaces David Vanole, who left UCLA to become the goalkeeper coach for the Washington Freedom of the WUSA.

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