Amanda Cromwell

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Amanda Cromwell
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Amanda Cromwell
Sport(s) Soccer
Current position
Title Head coach
Team UCLA Women's Soccer
Conference Pac-12
Record 0–0–0 (–)
Biographical details
Born (1970-06-15) June 15, 1970 (age 44)
United States Washington, D.C.
Playing career
U.S. Women's National Team
Maryland Pride
Tampa Bay Xtreme
Charlotte Eagles
Washington Freedom
Atlanta Beat
San Jose CyberRays
Position(s) Defender/Midfielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Virginia (Asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 224–98–27 (.681)
Accomplishments and honors
A-Sun Tournament Championship (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
A-Sun Regular Season Championship (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
C-USA Tournament Championship (2012)
C-USA Regular Season Championship (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)
1995 FIFA World Cup (Bronze)
1996 Summer Olympics (Gold)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2009)

Amanda Caryl Cromwell (born June 15, 1970 in Washington, D.C.) is the head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team. Cromwell was previously the coach at the University of Central Florida from 1999-2013, where she won five tournament and eight regular season championships.[1] UCF made 11 NCAA Tournaments under her watch.[2]

Cromwell played for the Virginia Cavaliers from 1988–1992, where she captained the team to the 1991 NCAA Final Four. From 1991 to 1998, she was a member of the United States women's national soccer team, which earned third place in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. After departing the national team, Cromwell played for the Maryland Pride, Tampa Bay Xtreme, Charlotte Eagles, Washington Freedom, Atlanta Beat and San Jose CyberRays.[1][3]

From 2002 to 2006, Cromwell served as a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, after being appointed by President George W. Bush.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Cromwell was born in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 1970.[3] She graduated in 1988 from Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia, where she won a state championship and four district titles. In 1992, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in biology. During her tenure with the Virginia Cavaliers, Cromwell helped lead the team as captain to the Final Four in 1991. That season she finished as a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and Women's Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year.[3]

She was a four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection, and three-time All-South Region team selection. Cromwell was also a two-time NSCAA All-American and a Soccer America MVP, and was voted the team's MVP in 1989. As a freshman in 1988, she was named Soccer America's Freshman of the Year and the Cavalier's Rookie of the Year.[1] Cromwell was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Upon graduation from Virginia, Cromwell joined the United States women's national soccer team.[1] While on the team, Cromwell earned a bronze medal during the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, and a gold medal during the 1996 Summer Olympics. During her time on the national team, she earned 55 caps.[2]

Between her tenure on the national team, and after she left in 1998, Cromwell played professionally in the United States and abroad. Between 1997 and 2003, she played for the Maryland Pride, Tampa Bay Xtreme, Charlotte Eagles, Washington Freedom, Atlanta Beat and San Jose CyberRays. In 2004 she played for the Hammarby Soccer Club in Sweden.[1]

In 2010, Cromwell was inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Cromwell served as an assistant coach at her alma mater from 1992 to 1994, before becoming the head coach of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers women's team from 1996 to 1997.[1][7]

UCF women's soccer team[edit]

Further information: UCF Knights women's soccer

In 1999, Cromwell became the head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of Central Florida.[1] Since taking the helm, Cromwell has helped to resurrect a program that only reached the NCAA Tournament twice in the previous ten years. She has led the Knights for 13 seasons, with only 1 losing record, and has led the team to 10 Tournament appearances, including five straight through 2011.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UMBC (Big South Conference) (1996–1997)
1996 UMBC 10–6–0 3–2–0 3rd
1997 UMBC 10–9–1 3–2–0 3rd
UMBC: 20–15–1 6-4-0
UCF Knights (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1999–2004)
1999 UCF 16–6–1 8–0–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2000 UCF 8–11–1 7–2–0 2nd
2001 UCF 14–6–0 9–1–0 1st NCAA First Round
2002 UCF 18–5–0 10–1–0 1st NCAA First Round
2003 UCF 16–5–1 9–1–0 2nd NCAA First Round
2004 UCF 17–4–2 8–2–0 2nd NCAA Second Round
UCF Knights (Conference USA) (2005–2012)
2005 UCF 12–10–0 8–1–0 1st
2006 UCF 11–6–2 7–1–1 2nd
2007 UCF 15–4–4 7–1–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2008 UCF 14–6–3 7–2–2 3rd NCAA Second Round
2009 UCF 17–5–1 10–1–0 1st NCAA Second Round
2010 UCF 16–5–3 8–1–2 1st NCAA Second Round
2011 UCF 13–5–6 6–2–3 4th NCAA Elite Eight
2012 UCF 17–5–2 8–3–0 3rd NCAA Second Round
UCF: 204–83–26 112-19-10
Total: 224–98–27

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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