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Molly Poletto Joins UCLA Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

Feb 1, 2022
Assistant Coach Molly Poletto

UCLA women's soccer has filled out its coaching staff with the addition of assistant coach Molly Poletto, who will coach the Bruin goalkeepers.

"As soon as I accepted the job here at UCLA, I thought of Molly," said UCLA head coach Margueritte Aozasa. "Her attention to detail and ability to relate to players is top level. She will add incredible balance to our staff and will enhance everyone's experience through her work ethic and commitment to the program."

Poletto served as the goalkeeper coach at Missouri (2019-21) and at Boston University (2017-18). In 2021, she helped lead Missouri to a fifth-place finish in the SEC, an improvement of nine spots from the previous year. At BU, the Terriers won the Patriot League in 2018, finishing with an 11-7-4 record and an unbeaten 7-0-2 mark in league play. Poletto was instrumental in guiding the goalkeeping unit to a combined 11 shutouts in 2018. In her first season at BU, her goalkeepers posted a then-record 10 shutouts as the Terriers finished with a 10-8-3 record and reached the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Under Poletto's tutelage, BU surrendered just 0.86 goals per game and the goalkeepers combined for a .798 save percentage.

After injuries cut her playing career short, Poletto turned to coaching, serving for three seasons as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Utah and then a volunteer assistant coach in 2016, when she improved her unit's goals against average from 1.21 to 0.65 with 10 shutouts and a .860 save percentage.

A native of Englewood, Colo., Poletto holds a USSF "B" license and served as an instructor for the USSF "E" licenses. She graduated cum laude from Utah in 2015 with a degree in communications and a minor in psychology and completed her Master's degree in sports psychology in the spring of 2017.