Amanda Cromwell

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Amanda Cromwell
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Amanda Cromwell
Sport(s) Soccer
Current position
Title Head coach
Conference Pac-12
Record 0–0–0 (–)
Biographical details
Born (1970-06-15) June 15, 1970 (age 47)
United States Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1988–1992 Virginia
1991–1998 U.S. Women's National Team
1997 Orlando Lions
1998 Maryland Pride
1999 Tampa Bay Xtreme
2000 Charlotte Eagles
2001 Washington Freedom
2002 Atlanta Beat
2003 San Jose CyberRays
Position(s) Defender/Midfielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1994 Virginia (Asst.)
1996–1997 UMBC
1999–2012 UCF
2013–present UCLA
Head coaching record
Overall 224–98–27 (.681)
Tournaments 2014 NCAA champion
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]

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]

UCLA women's soccer team[edit]

In 2013, Cromwell became the head coach of the UCLA women's soccer program. Eight months are becoming coach, she led her team to the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship. Cromwell’s 2013 Bruins finished the season with a 22–1–3 record and went unbeaten over their last 21 games. They gave up just one goal during the NCAA Tournament and only eight goals all season, leading the nation in goals against average (0.296). In addition to winning the national championship, the team won the Pac-12 title and tied the school record for most victories in a season. Cromwell was named Soccer America’s Coach of the Year, the first-such honor for a UCLA women’s soccer coach.[8]

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         Postseason invitational 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

Sports Diplomacy[edit]

Ms. Cromwell has also been an active participant in the SportsUnited Sports Envoy program for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, she has traveled to Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Germany, and Morocco, where she worked with Lauren Gregg, Jay Miller, Tracy Noonan, and Briana Scurry to conduct basketball clinics and events that have reached in excess of 2650 youth and women from underserved areas. In so doing, Cromwell helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to empower girls and women through sport while promoting youth empowerment.[9][9][10][11][12]


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