Former standout college player and one-time pro coach Twila Kaufman has been named head coach of the UC Davis women’s soccer team.
She replaces 20-year head coach Maryclaire Robinson, who stepped away from the Aggie program following the 2013 season. UCD finished 6-9-3 this fall.
Kaufman comes from Pepperdine, where she was the associate head coach. In her 10 years on the coaching staff, the Waves advanced to four NCAA Tournaments including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2005.
In addition to her stint at Pepperdine, Kaufman brings great experience as both a player and coach to the Aggie program. She was the head coach of the Los Angeles Legends of the USL W-League and a team captain during her four-year career as a starter at the University of Arizona.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Twila to the Aggie family,” said UCD Athletics Director Terry Tumey. “She brings impressive experience, has a strong soccer background and is committed to seeing student-athletes achieve success on the field and off in everything they do.”
Kaufman joined Pepperdine as an assistant coach in 2004 and was elevated to associate head coach in 2008. The Waves have been one of the West Coast’s most accomplished programs in that span, posting a 108-63-29 (.613) record. Pepperdine made back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2011 and 2012.
“I’m looking forward to further develop and lead the group of young women who are currently in the program, as well recruiting the bright stars of the future,” Kaufman said. “I have a strong vision for the future of UC Davis soccer and can’t wait to live it.
“The university’s academic reputation is impressive,” she added. “I believe the women’s soccer players who graduate from UC Davis leave fully equipped to make their mark in the world.”
Kaufman was integral in all areas of the Waves’ program, including practice planning, academics, conditioning and game management. She also served as recruiting coordinator, annually bringing freshman classes that were nationally ranked by Soccer Buzz. Kaufman is known for recruiting balanced classes that feature highly touted players as well as hidden gems.
Pepperdine also has sent several players to the international stage, including national teams for Iceland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and the United States under-23 team.
“Twila is an excellent hire for UC Davis,” said Amanda Crowell, head coach for 2013 NCAA champion UCLA. “Her ability to recruit and get commitments from the elite student-athletes is undeniable. Twila’s players are well led, coached and cared for, and she is an amazing communicator and student of the game.
“I know her soccer brain is one which I don’t want to coach against.”
Kaufman is a 2003 graduate of Arizona where she earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education. She added a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in 2009 and earned her USSF National A license in 2010.
UCD also announced this week that former associate head coach Rozie DeWeese has accepted a coaching position as a sub group leader for the Capital Athletic Soccer Academy Boca in Sacramento. DeWeese was a member of the Aggie staff from 2004 to 2013.