June 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Loyola Marymount University Director of Athletics Dr. William Husak announced today that Joe Mallia has been named the head coach of the women's soccer program. Mallia comes to LMU after spending the last two seasons as the assistant head coach at UCLA. Prior to his time with the Bruins, Mallia served as the head coach of Loyola College (Md.) for seven years, leading the Greyhounds to conference championships and the NCAA Tournament in five consecutive seasons.
"I am excited to have Joe Mallia join us at LMU as we strive to achieve our goal of Building Champions. Joe has guided a team to a conference championship each of the last seven years and his experience as a head coach and as an assistant head coach will allow him to lead the Lions towards the goal of winning a West Coast Conference championship," said Husak.
Mallia spent the last two years as the assistant head coach at UCLA, helping the Bruins to consecutive appearances in the NCAA College Cup. UCLA appeared in the national championship game in 2005, and advanced to the semifinals in 2006. In two years with the Bruins, UCLA compiled a 43-6-2 record with two Pac-10 championships. Mallia served as the recruiting coordinator for the Bruins, bringing in the #1 and #2 recruiting classes in the nation during the last two years.
Prior to his time at UCLA, Mallia was the head coach at Loyola College (Md.) for seven years. He compiled a 71-49-9 record, leading the Greyhounds to five MAAC Tournament Championships and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, he led Loyola to five regular season conference championships and was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 2000. During Mallia's final season in 2004, the Greyhounds outscored conference opponents by a 26-1 margin, breaking the school single-season record for most wins (16), highest winning percentage (.800), most points (160) and goals (59). Mallia joined the Loyola staff in 1994 as an assistant coach for four years prior to becoming the head coach.
Mallia served as the Goalkeeper Coach for the U-21 Women's National Team from 2003 to 2006, helping the United States to the finals of the Nordic Cup Championship in 2006. In addition, he was a USYSA Region I staff coach for six years.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead this group of players and program towards a WCC Championship. We have an outstanding group of returning players and newcomers. I have had the opportunity to see them play in the past and I'm excited for the experience of working with these individuals. I would like to thank Dr. Lane Bove, Dr. Husak, Betty Werner, and the members of the search committee," said Mallia.
"I look forward to introducing future Lions to the greatest city in the world, Los Angeles, and the wonderful program here at LMU."
An accomplished goalkeeper, Mallia is a 1992 graduate of Old Dominion University. A member of the ODU Athletics Hall of Fame, Mallia was named the ODU Male Athlete of the Year in 1991 and is the school's leader in saves and shutouts. He was ranked among the top five in NCAA history in career goals against average and was an Academic All-Conference honoree. He played with the US U-20 National Team from 1985-87.
After his collegiate career, Mallia played professional soccer for six years as a member of the Baltimore Spirit, Dayton Dynamo and Harrisburg Heat. He led his teams to league playoffs in five of his six seasons.
Joe and his wife Amy live in Redondo Beach with their two daughters, Kaitlyn (6) and Reagan (3).
Mallia replaces Gregg Murphy, who left the program in May after serving as head coach of the Lions for 11 seasons. LMU advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, finishing the season with a 10-3-6 record. The Lions return eight starters, six of their top seven scorers from a year ago as well as WCC Defensive Player of the Year Joslyn Slovek.
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