Neil McGuire is in his seventh season as California's head coach in 2013 after continuing the women's soccer program's tradition of excellence in his first six years. McGuire now owns a 73-41-12 overall record in six seasons with the Golden Bears.
McGuire has overseen the development of multiple national team players on both the domestic and international levels, including US Women’s National Team superstar Alex Morgan, New Zealand Football Ferns’ starter Betsy Hassett and Liverpool Ladies and Icelandic National Team member Katrin Omarsdottir. Among the 2013 returners are 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Ifeoma Onumonu and U-23 National Team player pool selection Emily Kruger, plus Thelma Einarsdottir, who also plays for the Icelandic National Team, and Mexican National Team member Ariana Martinez.
A four-year Bear, Morgan is currently a member of the U.S. National Team and won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, where she scored three goals, including one gamewinner. Morgan - one of most decorated Cal women's soccer player in history - also won silver at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Morgan was the No. 1 draft pick in the 2011 WPS draft, marking the first-ever top draft prospect for the Bears.
The 2012 Bears went 16-6, finishing third in thePac-12 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to San Diego State 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Four Bears earned All-Pac-12 and NSCAA All-Region nods – Hassett, Onumonu, Emi Lawson and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick as Cal took home its first-ever Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award for Onumonu.
Cal won 12 matches in 2011 - its most since 2007 - and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Bears, who climbed as high as No. 11 in the national rankings during the year, knocked off Santa Clara on the road in the opening round of NCAAs and nearly advanced to the third round of the tournament, falling to No. 16 Boston College in penalty kicks. Four Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors - Danielle Brunache, Hassett, Lauren Battung and Fitzpatrick - and a record 13 individuals were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, with Hassett also gaining NSCAA Scholar All-American recognition.
In 2010, Cal produced its seventh consecutive winning season and 24th in school history, going 9-6-5 overall and 4-4-1 to finish fourth in the competitive Pac-10 Conference. Cal advanced to its seventh straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and third consecutive trip to the state of Florida for postseason play. In Gainesville, Fla., the Bears lost, 2-1, to No. 2-seeded Duke.
McGuire guided Cal to finish the 2009 season at an 11-9-1 clip for the program's sixth-consecutive winning record and the 23rd in school history. The Bears went 4-5-0 in the Pac-10 to finish tied for sixth in the conference. With an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the year's selection marked Cal's 17th playoff bid in program history, the 11th in the last 12 years and the sixth straight. Thanks to a 2-1 overtime win over Auburn in the opening round, the Bears advanced to the second round, in which they lost, 3-0, to host and No. 1-seeded Florida State.
Under McGuire's direction, the 2008 squad recorded the program's 23rd winning season, finishing 10-9-1 overall and going 3-5-1 in Pac-10 play to finish sixth in the competitive league. The 2008 campaign also saw Cal earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for its fifth consecutive and 16th overall trip to the postseason. The Bears fell, 2-1, to No. 7 Florida in Gainesville, Fla., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Morgan, who scored the eventual game-winner to lead the U.S. to a gold medal in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in December, led Cal in points (23) and goals (nine). The team had nine players named to the Pac-10's All-Academic team.
In 2007, after spending two seasons as head coach at Texas Tech, McGuire directed Cal to a 15-5-1 overall record, to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and to a No. 11 national ranking. Cal finished in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 with a 6-3 mark, including a six-game winning streak to close the conference schedule. Overall, the Bears went 7-0-1 over their final eight games and carried that momentum into the 2008 season.
After the season, Morgan, Cal's top goal scorer, trained with the U.S. U-20 national team in preparation for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Nov. 19-Dec. 7, 2008, in Chile. Morgan was one of six Cal players to earn postseason Pac-10 honors, including first-team selection Courtney Hooker, who was also a second-team Soccer Buzz All-American. Morgan and Megan Jesolva garnered second-team Freshman All-America accolades from Soccer Buzz.
In addition to his responsibilities at Cal, McGuire serves as one of the head coaches on the Region 4 Olympic Development Program staff, on which he has led the 1995 and 1994 age groups. In 2010 and 2011, he coached the Mustang Blast to back-to-back Northern California State Championships, winning the Far West Regional Championships in 2011 before finishing tied for third in points at the USYSA National Championships.
McGuire arrived in Berkeley with a proven track record of vast improvement at his two previous Division I stops.
He served as head coach at Mississippi State from 2000-03, taking over a program that was just 4-16 the year before his arrival and, within two years, improved the Bulldogs' record by eight-and-a-half games.
McGuire averaged nine wins per season at MSU and established school records for overall wins and conference victories during the 2001 season. He was tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year when he guided the Bulldogs to the first-ever women's conference title in Mississippi State athletics, leading his team to a share of the 2001 SEC Western Division championship. McGuire then spent the 2004 season as an assistant at Texas, during which the Longhorns finished with a 15-7-2 overall record, placed third in the Big 12 Conference and notched a No. 16 national ranking.
In 2005, McGuire moved to Texas Tech as head coach and quickly proved his rebuilding skills again. The Red Raiders went from one-game winners in his first season to notch seven wins in 2006 - most for the program in seven years. In addition to his collegiate experience, McGuire served as head coach of the Region 3 Under-19 team in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
McGuire began his head coaching career at Iowa Central Community College from 1996-97. He also served as an assistant at Iowa State (1998) and Arizona State (1999).
A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, McGuire earned his associate's degree in physical education with an emphasis on coaching from Telford College in Edinburgh before relocating to the United States. Upon his arrival, McGuire attended Augusta State University (Ga.), at which, while earning a bachelor's degree in psychology, he was named first-team All-Peach Belt Athletic Conference four consecutive years. He was also a three-time NSCAA all-region selection. McGuire earned his master's of education degree with an emphasis in sports administration in 2003 from Mississippi State.
McGuire's professional career includes time with the Falkirk Football Club in Scotland, the Des Moines Menace Professional Soccer Club and the Arizona Sahuaros Professional Soccer Club.
McGuire holds a United States Soccer Federation Class A license. He joined the University of California family with his wife, Jesica, daughter, Kelyn, and sons, Ethan and Owen.
Chris Lemay - Associate Head Coach
With nearly two decades of coaching experience along with two years on a semi-professional team and a four-year starting role for Eastern Michigan University, Chris Lemay brings a rich and varied soccer background to the Golden Bears in his first year as assistant coach.
Lemay joined the Bears in July 2013 after one season as an assistant coach at San Diego State, during which the Aztecs won both the Mountain West regular season and conference tournament championships and went 21-2-1 with a No. 4 national ranking after being defeated in the NCAA round of 16. He was also the assistant coach at UC Riverside from 2003-2006, where he helped the team to a 45-20-14 overall record during his tenure and a 2005 NCAA tournament bid.
Aside from coaching at the collegiate level, Lemay spent time as an assistant coach for the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s San Diego Sea Lions, featuring three women’s World Cup players. A licensed United States Soccer Federation Class A coach, Lemay was also the head coach for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club’s girl’s U9 to U18 teams, leading his players to four state cup championships. He was named the San Diego Surf Girls Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013 and was also a finalist for the award in 2009. Prior to that, he was the Del Mar Sharks’ Director of Younger Girls Programs and head coach for the U8 to U18 teams from 2001 to 2007, where he won three state cup championships. In total, Lemay’s teams have won seven Cal South State Cup Championships, including two national state cups. Most recently, Lemay’s 2012-13 U12 Surf team won the Cal South National State Cup Championship and were crowned regional finalists. His U14 team won the prestigious Southern California ECNL conference championship and took third nationally.
Lemay is also the owner/director of the annual nationwide beach soccer series Soccer in the Sand. He created the brand in 2006 and has since organized more than 30 beach soccer tournaments for youth and adults in 15 different cities and eight different states spanning from San Diego to Boston.
Lemay was a four-year starter at Eastern Michigan from 1995-2000, where he graduated with a degree in communication and a minor in business management, before playing for the USISL semi-pro soccer club Michigan Madness.
He joins the University of California family with wife, Tami, son Van, and daughters Olivia, Hannah and Eva.
Cori Alexander - Camp Director/Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach
Cori Alexander joined the Golden Bears in February 2011 as volunteer assistant coach, boasting more than 20 years of experience as a goalkeeper. Alexander has also been a keeper coach for the past 13 years.
"We are very pleased to add Cori to our staff as she is an outstanding coach and will be a tremendous role model for our goalkeepers and student-athletes," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "She has proven herself at the collegiate, professional and at various national team levels, and we are excited to see the impact she has."
In Alexander's first year with the Bears, Cal won 12 matches - the most since 2007 - and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, via a penalty kick win vs. Santa Clara. Starting goalkeeper, Emily Kruger, got her first looks with the U20 and U23 US National Teams following the 2011 season. Alexander works primarily with the Cal goalkeeper squad and helps run the Bear soccer camps over the summer.
Thanks to Alexander’s tutelage, Kruger continued her success in the net during her junior season in 2012, totaling a career-high 78 saves with a 15-5 record, including seven shutouts. Kruger now stands at third in the Cal record book for career saves, and second for career shutouts.
Alexander came to Berkeley by way of University of San Diego, where she served as an assistant coach for the 2010 season with the Toreros. Prior to that, she played professionally in the WPS for Sky Blue FC. She was the seventh overall draft pick in 2008 and was part of the inaugural WPS Championship in 2009.
With experience playing for the U.S. national under-21 and under-23 teams as well as attending camp with the full senior squad, Alexander will fit in well with the Cal program, which has produced countless national team players.
Alexander lettered at Portland from 2003-06, garnering All-America status, All-Academic honors as well as placement on the West Coast Conference first team. She led the Pilots to an NCAA National Championship in 2005, when she earned NCAA Tournament Defensive MVP distinction. UP's career leader in saves and shutouts, Alexander was the team MVP her senior season.
She returned to her native land, as she hails from nearby Martinez, Calif. Alexander coaches with the Walnut Creek Soccer Club. From 2009-10, she also served as an assistant coach at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Her camp coaching experience will also come in handy for she worked summer camps at Duke (2012), Santa Clara (2012), Oregon (2010) and Portland (2004-10). While living in Portland, Alexander coached FC Portland from 2003-09, serving as director of goalkeeping from 2008-09.
Just before joining the Cal staff, Alexander volunteered her time to be a part of the Indonesia America Soccer Exchange, coaching more than 300 Indonesian girls and disabled youth as an ambassador to the United States. The federally funded trip aided in improving relations between the two countries as well as removing stereotypes, judgments and barriers through the game of soccer. Alexander, along with her fellow volunteers, helped build community, and brought together various faiths and economic levels all the while empowering youth and women through sport and educating local coaches.
Former Cal Bear Players