November 10, 2000
The San Diego Spirit of the new Women's United Soccer Association has named Carlos Juarez as the first head coach in franchise history, General Manager Kevin Crow announced.
Juarez will be charged with building the Spirit roster that already includes U.S. Women's National Team players Julie Foudy, Shannon MacMillan and Joy Fawcett as well as Swedish internationals Ulrika Karlsson and Kristin Bengts-son, making for one of the strongest foundations in player personnel for any of the eight teams.
Juarez comes to the Spirit after spending the last four years as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Cal Poly Pomona. Juarez is an experienced U.S. National Team Staff coach, who has served as a National Coaching Coordinator as well as an assistance coach for the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team for eight years. For five years from 1993-97, he was the head coach for the U.S. U-16 Girl's National Team. The owner of a USSF "A" coaching license, he has been an instructor for National License Coaching Schools since 1990.
Juarez also was the head men's soccer coach at Cal-State San Bernardino from 1985-93, taking the team to four NCAA playoff berths and one Final Four. He served as the coordinator for men's and women's soccer at CSUSB from 1995-97. For the past four years, he has coached the Ajax women's club of Los Angeles, one of the top women's teams in the country, to both state and national titles. From 1986-94, he coached girl's Western Regional teams at the U-16 and U-19 ODP levels.
"Carlos has a proven track record in women's soccer in this country," said Crow. "He's coached women and girls on the youth, Olympic development, regional and national levels. He's also coached women's club and college with great success and I know he'll bring to the Spirit a vast knowledge of the player pool and an existing positive relationship with our founding players."
Juarez also has coached women at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival, in the semi-professional summer leagues in Portland, Oregon, and as an assistant coach on several trips with the full U.S. Women's National Team.
A star collegiate player at Cal-State Los Angeles from 1978-81, Juarez was a four-year starter and a three-year captain. Nicknamed "Motor" for his tireless work rate and ability to power the attack with deft ball skills, he captained the team to the 1981 NCAA Division II championship game.
The San Diego Spirit is a member of the WUSA which will launch its inaugural season in April of 2001 with teams in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay area, Boston, North Carolina, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington, D.C. The Spirit will play its home games at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.