Feb. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Head UCLA women's soccer coach Jillian Ellis announced the hiring of former Bruin player Louise Lieberman to the position of assistant coach on Friday. Lieberman, a four-year midfielder at UCLA from 1995-98, replaces Shannon MacMillan, who recently accepted the job of Director of Coaching for the DMCV Sharks, a competitive girls club in San Diego.
"I'm thrilled to have Louise back in the Bruin family," said Ellis, who is entering her 11th season as head coach at UCLA. "As a player, she helped build the winning tradition at this school, and I'm sure she will be equally as successful as she embarks on the coaching phase of her UCLA career. Her experience at both the club and ODP levels will be a huge asset to the program."
Lieberman returns to UCLA after serving the last three years as Director of Coaching for the highly-competitive LA Rampage Futbol Club. Her primary position with the club included overseeing all 27 youth teams, while managing a staff of roughly 15 coaches. As director, she was also heavily involved in all parent/player relations with the club. Lieberman was hired by the Rampage to be the the Director of Women's Coaching in 2005 and was elevated to the main director position after just one year. Prior to her time with the Rampage, she served as former Bruin Paul Caligiuri's assistant for both the men's and women's teams at Cal Poly Pomona in 2002. Lieberman has also been extensively involved with the Cal-South ODP team, coaching at both the U-14 and U-16 levels.
As a player, Lieberman was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection at UCLA in 1995. She played in 78 games during her four-year career, helping the program claim its first two Pac-10 Championships in 1997 and '98. Lieberman's career totals include 31 points on seven goals and 17 assists, and she still ranks in the top 10 all time (10th) at the school in career assists. UCLA made the NCAA Tournament in three of her four seasons, reaching the quarterfinals in 1997. Following her UCLA playing days, she played one year for the WUSA's Washington Freedom during the league's inaugural season of 2001.
Lieberman was a standout at Beverly Hills High School from 1991-95, earning multiple MVP, all-league and All-CIF honors. She was named one of Soccer America's Elite 11 Recruits as a senior in 1995. She also led her club team, the Fountain Valley Spirit, to a national championship in 2004.
Lieberman served one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at UCLA in 1999 while finishing up her degree in sociology.