Steve Swanson has been named the head coach of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team and Albertin Montoya has been appointed to the helm of the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team.
Montoya coached FC Gold Pride of WPS in 2009 and 2010 before the team folded in November 2010. He led FC Gold Pride to a 16-3-5 (53 pts.) regular season record and a 2010 WPS Championship. He has also previously served as an assistant coach at Stanford, Santa Clara and with the U.S. U-18 Women. Now, he takes charge of a U-17 Women’s team that failed to qualify for last year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Montoya is currently director of coaching for the youth club MVLA (Mountain View, Los Altos, Calif.). He will remain at that position while guiding the U-17 team.
Swanson comes to the position after 22 successful years as a collegiate head coach. He has been the head coach of the University of Virginia women’s soccer team since 2000. In 21 years as an NCAA head coach at Dartmouth, Stanford and Virginia, Swanson has amassed a record of 257-124-42, winning five conference titles and making 15 NCAA tournament appearances. Swanson will remain at his position at Virginia, where he is 153-61-31.
Swanson and Montoya will work with April Hienrichs, U.S. Women’s Technical Director, and Jill Ellis, U.S. Women’s Development Director.
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