Brian Zwaschka Joins Cal as Assistant Coach

July 2, 2007

BERKELEY - Brian Zwaschka, a two-year assistant under head coach Neil McGuire at Texas Tech and a former NAIA All-American, has joined the University of California women's soccer team as an assistant coach, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced. Terms of Zwaschka's contract have not been finalized.

'Brian is an excellent hire on many fronts,' said coach McGuire. 'He is an outstanding coach with an in-depth knowledge of soccer and a wonderful coaching personality that the players will enjoy. But most importantly, he is a man of great integrity and strong family values.'

Prior to his experience with the Red Raiders, Zwaschka was as an assistant at his undergraduate alma mater of Grand View College, an NAIA program in Des Moines, Iowa. In two seasons on the coaching staff, Zwaschka helped guide the Vikings to the national tournament, a No. 11 national ranking and two conference championships. Before his stint at Grand View College, Zwaschka was an assistant coach at Dowling High School in Des Moines. Under his guidance, Dowling was conference champion during the 2000 season.

'I am thrilled to be back in the Bay Area with my family and to continue my work with Neil,' said Zwaschka, a former resident of San Francisco. 'The tradition of excellence here at Cal and in the Pac-10 sets a challenging stage that I'm greatly looking forward to. I'd like to thank Sandy Barbour and the Cal administration for allowing me this opportunity. I am confident the best is yet to come for this program and I'm excited to be a positive influence on its continued success.'

Zwaschka was a player for Grand View College from 1990-1992, earning NAIA All-American and District 15 Player of the Year honors during his junior campaign. A three-year captain, he led the Vikings to district championships in 1990 and 1991, as well as regional finals during the 1991 season. Individually, Zwaschka was named to the NAIA all-conference first team and academic all-conference team from 1990-1992.

His most recent playing experience includes seven years with the Des Moines Menace USL, where Zwaschka was a captain. He led the Menace to an appearance in the final four in 1995 and an appearance in the final three in 1998. He also played professionally for the Connecticut Wolves, formerly of the A-league, where he was a Northwest Division champion.

In addition to the domestic game, Zwaschka has significant playing experience on the international level. He has spent time with teams in Scotland, England and France. His experience abroad includes one year with Hurlford United FC in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and a year with the Chelmsford City FC in Chelmsford, England. Zwaschka also played a year each with AS Saint-Leu VO 95, and AS Saint-Ouen L'Aumone in Paris, France.

His club experience includes time with the Iowa United Soccer Club (1997-1998) and the Waukee Soccer Club (1995) as their head coach. Zwaschka led the Iowa United Soccer Club to a state championship in 1998 and the Waukee Soccer Club to a gold medal at the Iowa Games.

Zwaschka is joined by his wife, Sara, their sons Lochan and Jagozar, and their daughter, Bria.

The Golden Bears finished the season with a 12-5-5 mark in 2006, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finishing the season ranked No. 21 in the nation.

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