June 15, 1970 |
|1991–1998||U.S. Women's National Team|
|1999||Tampa Bay Xtreme|
|2003||San Jose CyberRays|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|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. UCF made 11 NCAA Tournaments under her watch.
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.
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.
Cromwell was born in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 1970. 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.
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. Cromwell was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team.
Upon graduation from Virginia, Cromwell joined the United States women's national soccer team. 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.
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.
In 2010, Cromwell was inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.
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.
UCF women's soccer team
In 1999, Cromwell became the head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of Central Florida. 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.
UCLA women's soccer team
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.
Head coaching record
|UMBC (Big South Conference) (1996–1997)|
|UCF Knights (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1999–2004)|
|1999||UCF||16–6–1||8–0–1||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|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)|
|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|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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.
- Player Bio: Amanda Cromwell – UCF Knights – Official Athletics Site
- 2010 UCF Knights Women's Soccer Yearbook
- Amanda Cromwell – Womens Soccer World
- The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports – Council Members' Biographies – Amanda C. Cromwell
- Virginia Women's Soccer: ACC Honors
- Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- UMBC Retrievers 2011 Women's Soccer Yearbook
- "Amanda Cromwell on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- "U.S. Department of State and U.S. Soccer Announce 2011 Soccer Initiative, Kicks-Off Exchanges in Germany". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- Fabulous, Mina (2012-02-19). "US Empowers Women and Girls Through Sports". NewsBlaze News. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- "Celebrating International Women's Day Through Soccer | Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs". eca.state.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
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