August 8, 2011
Swanson, Montoya tabbed for US Women’s U-20, U-17 National Teams
CHICAGO– The U.S. Soccer Federation has hired Steve Swanson as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and Albertin Montoya as head coach of the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team. Both coaches will guide their teams into CONCACAF Qualifying for their respective FIFA Women’s World Cups, which will be held in the fall of 2012.
"This is an exciting time in the girls’ and women’s games here in the U.S.,” said U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs. “We’re clearly still one of the best teams in the world but we have room for improvement. This year’s Women’s World Cup showed us that countries are developing quickly and raising the level of the women’s game around the world. In order for us to continue to be one of the top teams at every level, we must work together for the betterment of our players and teams. In that vein, I’m excited to bring Steve Swanson and Albertin Montoya into our youth national team staff as they are both very talented coaches with the personality and vision to help accomplish these goals.”
Swanson is currently the head coach at the University of Virginia and will stay in that position while guiding the U-20s towards qualifying in the early part of 2012. Swanson, hs coached at the Division I level at Dartmouth, Stanford and for the past 11 seasons at UVa. He has a 153-61-31 all-time record for the Cavaliers and a 257-124-42 all-time record as a college head coach. He has led his teams to 14 consecutive NCAA playoff berths. This is Swanson’s second stint with U.S. Soccer after serving as head coach of the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team and the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team between 2000 and 2002.
“The goals of developing our top youth players to be able to contribute to our full team in World Cups and Olympics, and to pursue a world championship with the U-20s are tremendous challenges that require the unified efforts of many people in the soccer community,” said Swanson. “I am looking forward to partnering with the players and coaches from all levels to help develop this team to its fullest potential."
Montoya, who is the director of coaching for the youth club MVLA (Mountain View, Los Altos, Calif.) will also stay in that position while guiding the U-17s. Montoya’s coaching experience includes working with players as young as seven up to the two seasons he spent as head coach of FC Gold Pride in Women’s Professional Soccer. He guided the star-studded squad to a regular season title and league championship in 2010.
Montoya was a first-round draft choice of the San Jose Clash in Major League Soccer in 1998 before suffering a career-ending knee injury. He has coached with the women’s programs at both Santa Clara and Stanford University and for years was co-head coach of the Sacramento Storm, one of the top women’s amateur sides in the country.