Feb. 5, 2007
(San Francisco) - Mark Carr has been named head coach for women's soccer at the University of San Francisco as announced today by Athletic Director Debra Gore-Mann. Carr spent four highly successful seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA, helping the Bruins to four consecutive Pac-10 titles, four College Cup berths, highlighted by two Championship Finals while in Westwood.
"I am very excited about welcoming Mark Carr to USF," Gore-Mann said. "I am very impressed his passion, his intensity and the energy level he brings and I believe he will be an outstanding fit for our women's soccer program. He has worked with one of the nation's elite programs and knows what it takes to be successful in one of the most challenging conferences in the country."
Carr becomes just the fourth head coach in program history and looks forward to the challenges ahead at USF and the opportunity to compete in the West Coast Conference, which has produced three of the last six NCAA Division I Champions.
"First of all I would like to say how excited and proud I am to be the new head coach of the USF Women's Soccer program," Carr said. "I would like also personally to thank Debi and all her staff for giving me this wonderful opportunity. USF is a great academic institution playing in a competitive conference in one of the most intriguing cities in the world. I am looking forward to taking the program to the next level in the coming years. I cannot wait to meet my team and get started."
During Carr's tenure in Westwood, the Bruins posted an 81-15-5 overall record from 2003-06 and produced nine All-Americans. In addition, UCLA owned a sparkling 18-4 record in the NCAA Tournament. No stranger to the WCC, Carr's Bruins squared off against the University of Portland in 2005 in the national title game in a match won by the Pilots.
In addition to his coaching duties w at UCLA, Carr served as a Regional Staff Coach at the 2006 Girl's U-14-U-16 Region IV Camp in Boise. Carr is also active in the Southern California club circuit, coaching the Force Soccer Club (Redondo Beach) where he served as the head coach for the Girl's 11 and 14 teams, leading both to first place division showings.
Carr graduated from Bournemouth University in his native England in 2001 with a B.A. in International Marketing. A decorated amateur player, Carr competed on the England School's Representative Team (1996) and played for the Charlton Athletic Youth Team (1995-97).
San Francisco looks to benefit from Carr's extensive resume of postseason success as it hunts for its elusive inaugural NCAA berth. The Dons welcome back five players who captured All-WCC Honorable Mention or All-Freshman team accolades last season. USF posted a 5-13-2 record, with a 1-5-1 WCC slate in 2006.