May 17, 2013
UCLA women's soccer head coach Joshua S. Walters, Sr. as an assistant coach. Walters joins Louise Lieberman, who will remain an assistant coach with the Bruins.
"I feel very honored to have two such tremendous coaches working on my staff," Cromwell said. "I feel that the team will get a nice range of abilities, characteristics and insight from all three of us coaches, and I think as a group, we will play off each other very well. I know Lou and Josh will bring the best out of me as a coach."
Walters, who will serve as the recruiting coordinator for the Bruins, comes to UCLA from Central Florida, where he served in a similar capacity for one season. He and Cromwell led the nationally-ranked Knights to their first Conference USA Tournament championship and to a school and conference record for shutouts with 15.
From 2010-12, Walters was the director of soccer operations at Florida State, and from 2007-10, he was an assistant coach at Utah State, serving as the recruiting coordinator and first assistant. Along with his duties for Utah State, Walters also earned positions on both the Region IV and Utah Olympic Development Program (ODP) staffs. Walters began his collegiate coaching career in 2005 as an assistant coach at Houston, working primarily with the defenders and goalkeepers.
Before his stint at Houston, Walters served 12 months as a First Lieutenant with Brigade S2 (Military Intelligence) of the Florida National Guard during Operation Enduring Freedom V in Bagram, Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Walters set up and directed a soccer clinic, as well as a series of games for Afghan youths (Read more here). He later made a presentation on his experiences to the 2005 NSCAA Convention and was awarded the NSCAA Honorary All-American Award. During his military deployment, Walters received the Bronze Star for Valor and Service, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Walters was the head coach at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee from 2000-05, during which time his teams received the NSCAA/adidas Team Academic Award for three consecutive seasons. He was also head coach of the Tallahassee United Futbol Club in 2002 and of the Top of Florida Soccer Club from 1998-2001.
Walters, who received his associate's degree of the arts from Marion Military Institute in 1998, captained the soccer team and also earned MVP honors. He graduated cum laude from Columbia Southern University in 2004 with a bachelor of arts in sports management. Walters holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, as well as NSCAA Goalkeeper Advance National and USSF "B" licenses.
"I can't put into words how excited my family and I are to join Amanda at UCLA," Walters said. "She is a tremendous leader, coach and friend that I know will succeed in Westwood. We are truly blessed to moving to LA."
Lieberman will be entering her fifth season as a UCLA assistant and will continue to spearhead the Bruins' recruiting efforts in Southern California. She joined the UCLA staff in 2009 and helped guide the Bruins to the College Cup that season. During her four years on the UCLA coaching staff, the Bruins have amassed a 68-15-9 overall record with NCAA Tournament appearances each season, and the team set a school record with a 25-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 2011 to Oct. 2012.
She had previously served as the Director of Coaching for the LA Rampage FC for three years, 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. She was hired to be the Director of Women's Coaching in 2005 and elevated to the main director position after just one year.
Prior to her time with the Rampage, she served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer 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.
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA from 1995-98, Lieberman was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection at 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 1998. Lieberman's career totals include 31 points on seven goals and 17 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 and was teammates with Cromwell.