Wildcat Soccer Hires New Assistant Coach

Jan. 16, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 16) - The University of Arizona women's soccer program has hired Yvette Valdez as an assistant coach, announced head coach Cathy Klein on Thursday.

Valdez has been an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., for the last seven years. During her tenure there, the Tigers logged an outstanding 78-48-10 record, including a 10-8-2 mark and a tie for seventh in the Big West Conference during the 2002 season.

Valdez's primary responsibility at UoP was goalkeeper training, and she tutored Pacific's Megan Pickering, who was named the 2002 Big West Goalkeeper of the Year. Valdez was also Pacific's camp director from 1995-2002.

A member of the Mexican National Team from 1998-99, Valdez participated in the 1999 Women's World Cup, the first appearance ever for that squad and the first time a Spanish-speaking nation had qualified for the world championships. The team also competed in the USA Cup, CONCACAF and the World Cup play-in matches in Argentina.

From 1994-2001, Valdez played with the USISL Sacramento Storm, helping the Storm log three Western Region championships, a Women's Open national championship and a USISL national championship.

A 1997 graduate of the University of the Pacific with a degree in sports medicine, Valdez was a starting goalkeeper for the Tigers during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. She was a two-year team captain, was named the team's Most Inspirational Player and set nine school goalkeeping records. Prior to playing for Pacific, she competed for two seasons at Fresno City Junior College, where she was an all-league selection and team MVP.

Valdez began her coaching career as an assistant coach at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Stockton, Calif. A 1991 graduate of the school, Valdez was a coach there from 1992-94.

'We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Yvette's qualifications join our staff, ' said third-year head coach Cathy Klein. 'She brings plenty of experience to our program - she's a great recruiter, she's highly organized, and she's a great player. Her ties with the Mexican National Team and her experience as a player make her a brilliant choice for us.'

'I am very excited to be able to join the University of Arizona staff,' said Valdez. 'One of the big things for me is to be able to work in the Pac-10 and in a big-school atmosphere, because I've always been at smaller schools. This is going to be a new start and a great start for me, and the UA is a good fit for me right now.'

Valdez will begin work with the Wildcat staff on Jan. 21, 2003.


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