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Amanda Cromwell Departs UCLA for Other Opportunities

Dec 3, 2021
Amanda Cromwell coached UCLA to a  NCAA Championship and a 149-29-20 record in nine seasons.

Amanda Cromwell, who guided the UCLA women's soccer team to its only NCAA title in 2013, is departing UCLA for other opportunities. Cromwell's Bruin teams went 149-29-20 (.841) in her nine seasons, winning four Pac-12 titles and making three College Cup appearances.

Cromwell came to UCLA in 2013 after 14 years as head coach at the University of Central Florida. She made a huge impact immediately, leading the Bruins to Pac-12 and NCAA titles in her first season. Her Bruins finished with a record of 22-1-3 to tie the school record for most victories in a season, and they went unbeaten over their last 21 games, giving up just one goal during the NCAA Tournament and beating Florida State 1-0 in overtime to take home UCLA's first-ever NCAA women's soccer championship. Year two was nearly as successful, as UCLA went undefeated in their first 23 games and won a second-straight Pac-12 title. Cromwell picked up back-to-back Pac-12 championships in 2020 and 2021.

"I am so thankful for spending nine fantastic years at UCLA," Cromwell said. "The players on the field, the coaches by my side, and the administration supporting the program made this experience truly exceptional. The competitive excellence and the people at UCLA reminded me to 'make each day your masterpiece.' I have a heavy heart leaving the players and coaches, but I know the future is very bright."

In her nine seasons as UCLA's head coach, Cromwell took her teams to three College Cups and made five quarterfinals and seven Round of 16 appearances while winning four Pac-12 team titles. She was named the 2013 Soccer America Coach of the Year, the 2014 NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year and the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2020. Academically, her teams earned the United Soccer Coaches College Team Academic Award every year, and she produced a pair of Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners in Sarah Killion and Kaiya McCullough. In 2018, the Bruins won the Pac-12 Sportsmanship Award, and the 2017 squad received a Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award from the United Soccer Coaches. Her overall NCAA record was 372-128-47 over 25 years at UCLA, Central Florida and UMBC.

"Amanda made a huge impact in women's soccer throughout her time as a player and as a coach," said UCLA Associate Athletic Director Erin Adkins. "She has played a pivotal role in the overall development and growth of NCAA women's soccer, and as a female head coach, she has inspired many other women to lead their positions whether on the soccer field or in everyday life. I am certain that she will continue to do the same at the professional level."

Cromwell, a former U.S. National Team player and a member of the 1995 World Cup team, has coached multiple professional players, including 15 Bruins currently playing in the NWSL and two playing in England's FA Women's Super League. Six Cromwell-coached Bruins participated in the 2019 World Cup, including three – Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis and Mal Pugh – from the winning U.S. squad. Four of her Bruins advanced to the medal rounds at the 2020 Olympic Games – Australia's Teagan Micah, U.S. bronze medalists Dahlkemper and Mewis and Canadian gold medalist Jessie Fleming.

"Amanda's track record speaks for itself," said Martin Jarmond, UCLA's Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics. "Her teams were elite in every sense of the word, contending for national championships every year and doing things the right way on the field and in the classroom. With the amount of success she has had, it's no wonder that other opportunities would come her way, and this takes her one step closer to fulfilling her ultimate goals. We wish her all the best."

A national search for a replacement, led by Adkins, will begin immediately.