USC Women's Soccer Head Coach McAlpine Awarded Contract Extension|
July 5, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- After leading the USC women's soccer program to back-to-back winning seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's third trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2015, third-year head coach Keidane McAlpine has earned a contract extension, it was announced today by USC athletic department administration.
"I would like to thank Steve [Lopes] and Pat [Haden] for the confidence and support that they have shown to not only me, but my staff and the wonderful women in our program," stated McAlpine. "I believe the foundation we have laid in our first two seasons is solid and I am extremely excited about our future." In his first two seasons at USC, McAlpine boasts an overall record of 27-12-5. In his first season in 2014, he led the program to its first winning season and subsequent postseason berth since 2010 as the
Trojans finished fourth in the Pac-12 with an overall record of 12-6-3 record. He followed that up with a 2015 season for the record books, where the Trojans went 15-6-2 overall, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for just the third time in program history. McAlpine led the Trojans to an impressive 9-2 Pac-12 record, tying as the second-highest finish in program Trojan history.
Under McAlpine's tutelage, five different-student athletes earned All-Pac-12 honors, including two First Team honorees. In 2015 both Kayla Mills and Morgan Andrews earned first team honors, the first time the Trojans have had two first team honorees since 2005. Mills also became the first Trojan to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2015 as she led a stalwart defense that did not allow a goal over a three-game Pac-12 stretch and only allowed five goals overall in conference play (tied for first). Overall the team's defense had a goals against average of .544, good for ninth-best nationally. Both Mills and Andrews became the seventh and eighth Trojans in program history to earn NSCAA All-America honors.
McAlpine also puts a heavy emphasis on the growth and development of the student-athlete off the pitch. The team has participated in many community outreach events and consistently has had the top team GPA amongst USC athletic programs, including the fall of 2015 while in season. In 2014 the Trojans had 12 student-athletes named to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams, the most in program history. That was followed up by 11 Trojans earning All-Academic honors in 2015, led by first-team selection Nicole Molen. Those numbers were consistently tops of any program in the Pac-12.
Before coming to Troy, McAlpine led the Washington State women's soccer program to new heights for two seasons, tying the program record in wins in his second season in 2013, winning Pac-12 and NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year honors. Prior to Washington State, McAlpine spent six years (2006-11) as an assistant at Auburn, helping the Tigers to NCAA appearances each season along with three SEC West titles.
In all, McAlpine has spent nine seasons as a head coach (five at Birmingham-Southern, two at Washington State, two at USC), having accumulated a 93-69-22 (.565) record at the helm of those three programs, with five NCAA appearances.
McAlpine and the Trojans open up a highly-anticipated 2016 campaign at Santa Clara on Friday, August 19.