January 25, 2013
Snow leaving, UCLA in coach search
UCLA women's soccer head coach B.J. Snow has accepted a newly-created full-time position as the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Head Coach and will therefore step down as the Bruins' head coach. A search to identify a new women's head coach for UCLA is already underway, and Snow has agreed to assist UCLA with both the coaching search and transition.
"The last seven years have been extraordinary," said Snow. "I feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure to work at such a prestigious university where excellence is not only the goal, it is the standard. I want to thank (UCLA Athletic Director) Dan Guerrero and (UCLA Senior Associate Athletic Director) Ken Weiner, who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to help lead a remarkable group of student-athletes. From the moment I arrived here on campus, I have been surrounded by truly outstanding individuals whose goals and aspirations always inspired me to be better."
"B.J. has been instrumental in the outstanding success of the women’s soccer program, beginning with his years as an assistant coach and continuing during his time as head coach,” said Guerrero. "However, great achievement brings great opportunities, and this newly-created position with U.S. Soccer is a tremendous chance for B.J. to pursue his national team coaching aspirations, and we could not be happier for him. All of us at UCLA congratulate him on this prestigious appointment and wish him all the best with the national team.”
Snow served as head coach of the Bruins for two seasons, compiling a 34-4-6 career record, going 16-1-4 in his rookie campaign and 18-3-2 this past season. In 2012, he led UCLA to the NCAA quarterfinals, and the Bruins led the Pac-12 with a 0.55 team goals against average.
Several school records were set under Snow's watch, including a 25-game unbeaten streak that ran from Oct. 14, 2011 to Oct. 28, 2012, and a record 564 consecutive shutout minutes for goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. The team's academic record also flourished under Snow, as the Bruins earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2012, the first time in program history. The team also had a school-record 10 players earn Academic All-Pac-12 honors this past season. Snow has coached two consecutive women's professional soccer No. 1 draft picks in Sydney Leroux (2012 WPS) and Zakiya Bywaters (2013 NWSL).
Prior to being named UCLA head coach in 2011, Snow was assistant head coach from 2009-10 and assistant coach from 2007-08. He first arrived at UCLA in 2006 as a volunteer assistant coach. He had previously been head men's coach at his former high school, Portage Central in Kalamazoo, Mich. for four years.
Snow has previously served U.S. Soccer as an assistant with the Under-20 U.S. Women's national team, traveling with them to the 2010 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Germany. He has also been brought in by U.S. Soccer to serve as a clinician at a number of coaching seminars.
Snow expressed his thanks to all of the student-athletes he has worked with in his seven years.
"I went into this position wanting to help develop people and provide a platform to facilitate their development, but, ironically, I always ended up feeling that I learned more from them," Snow said. "It is these relationships that I will cherish for the rest of my life. They will never truly understand what an impact they had in both my personal and professional growth."
"I also would like to thank our tremendous staff, who always challenged me to be better but, at the same time, made work so enjoyable," he continued. "They are all astonishing in their abilities and have worked tirelessly to help lay the foundation upon which our program is built."