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San Francisco hires Jim Millinder as women's soccer coach

Dec. 23, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of San Francisco welcomes Jim Millinder, a two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, as the new head women's soccer coach as announced today by USF Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell. An outstanding coach with elite coaching and playing experience, Millinder comes to the Dons after an exhaustive national search.

"I'm so excited for the opportunity Scott has given me at the University of San Francisco," Millinder said. "I've considered USF to be something of a sleeping giant. There is so much talent available in the Bay Area and I am so looking forward to taking this team to the next level. It is going to take a lot of work, but I am energized and welcome the opportunities and the challenges."

"This is an exciting day for the University of San Francisco and the women's soccer program," Sidwell said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for Coach Millinder to help this program reach the next level in an elite conference. Throughout the entire process we were impressed by his energy, his passion and his commitment to building a top-flight program at the University of San Francisco. We are committed to supporting Dons Soccer and elevating it to one of the top programs in the country."

Millinder takes over a Dons program coming off a 6-14-0 season including a 2-6-0 slate in the demanding West Coast Conference. The Dons return three All-WCC performers. San Francisco's last winning season came in 2004 (10-7-3) and its only winning league slate was in 1997 (5-2-0).

Last season four teams represented the WCC in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Since 1992 the league has produced 65 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, 19 College Cup appearances and three NCAA Championships - Portland (2002, 2005) and Santa Clara (2001).

After spending the previous 13 seasons as a Division I head coach, Millinder has spent the last four years coaching for the South Bay Force club team and was elevated to the Girl's Director of Coaching for 2010-11.

Millinder spent 11 successful seasons at USC where he guided The Women of Troy to a 135-70-21 (.645) slate, highlighted by eight appearances in the NCAA tournament. After leaving the Southland as the winningest coach in program history in 2006, USC captured the 2007 NCAA Championship with a roster stacked with Millinder recruits, including 2008 Honda Award Finalist Kristin Olsen and 2005 Gatorade National Prep Player of the Year Amy Rodriguez - a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and current US National Team member.

After spending two seasons as the women's head coach at Loyola Marymount, Millinder took over the USC program in 1996 and wasted no time in propelling the Women of Troy to prominence. Millinder captured 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors after posting a 15-5 overall record with a 4-3 Pac-10 slate. USC turned in a sparkling 16-3-1 record and Millinder's was named 1997 West Region Coach of the Year by both the NSCAA/Umbro and Soccer Buzz.

More history was made in 1998 when Millinder guided the Women of Troy to the first Pac-10 Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history. It was the first of six consecutive postseasons for USC.

In 11 seasons Millinder produced six All-Americans and nine NSCAA All-West Region selections. In addition the Women of Troy accounted for one Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Freshman of the Year, 38 All-Pac-10 selections (14 first team) and 52 Pac-10 All-Academic picks.

Prior to building the USC program, Millinder was the second head coach at West Coast Conference rival Loyola Marymount (1994-95). Millinder directed the Lions to three victories against top-20 teams (including No. 8 Santa Clara in 1994) during his tenure in Westchester. The 1995 Lions won the Discoverer's Day Shootout in Hawai`i.

After 13 seasons as a Division I head coach, Millinder owns a record of 143-97-25 (.587) and is 252-114-48 (.667) as a college coach (all divisions).

Millinder served as the women's head coach at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., for four seasons (1990-93), winning the California junior college state championship in 1990. His 1993 squad was the Southern California J.C. finalist, while his 1991 and 1992 teams were semifinalists. He posted a 66-8-16 mark. He took on the additional duty of the men's head coach at El Camino for two seasons (1992-93) and guided the Warriors to the 1992 California state title. His 1993 team also made the state playoffs. He was 43-9-17 as the head coach of the men's program.

Before assuming head coach duties, Millinder spent the previous 12 seasons (1978-89) as an assistant coach for El Camino's men's and women's programs, which combined won six state crowns during that time. He served as the interim head coach for El Camino's 1987 state champion men's squad.

A successful club coach, Millinder also was the head coach for the 1992 U.S. amateur championship Ajax women's club team and the 1993 U.S. amateur titlist Cal-South men's state senior team. He was the head coach of the Cal-South Under-16 girls Olympic Development team and the Director of Coaching for the Mission Viejo Soccer Club from 1995-96. He also served on the Amateur Athletic Foundation's coaching staff for four years (1990-93). In 1994, he received his National A License from the U.S. Soccer Federation. He served as an ambassador to the U.S. Soccer team at the 1994 World Cup.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Millinder compiled an impressive professional playing career. In eight seasons he competed with such legends as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Johann Cruyff. He was a midfielder on the North American Soccer League's New York Cosmos (1978), Los Angeles Aztecs (1979), Tulsa Roughnecks (1980) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1981-82). From 1983 to 1985, he played for the Oklahoma City Slickers of the American Soccer League (he was a two-time all-star) and the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Millinder was a member of various U.S. National teams from 1978-82, and the U.S. Junior National (Under-21) team in 1976. He appeared in 25 international matches.

Millinder secured a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1993 from Cal State Dominguez Hills and completed his Master's in Physical Education Administration. He starred in soccer and football at North Torrance High, then earned J.C. All-American honors at El Camino in 1977.

Millinder is married to his wife Carol with two sons - Austin (16) and Jacob (11).

--from USFDons.com