Katherine Mertz enters her fifth season with the UCLA women's soccer team. Along with her many responsibilities, she will continue to focus on the development of UCLA's goalkeepers.
In her first two seasons in Westwood, Mertz was instrumental in helping UCLA reach the NCAA College Cup in 2000 and the quarterfinals in 2001. She played a significant role in helping Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson rank among the best in the nation in several goalkeeping categories. Peterson, who was ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in shutouts and goals against average in 2000 and 2001, was listed fourth in the country in 2000 with an 0.44 goals against average.
This season, Mertz will oversee the development of current Bruin keepers Sarah Lombardo, Arianna Criscione, Valerie Henderson and Ashley Thompson. A 1998 graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in Natural Resources and an emphasis in ecosystem assessment, Mertz was a starter from 1994-1997 and helped the Wolfpack advance to the NCAA tournament in each of her first three seasons, including the NCAA Quarterfinals her sophomore year. She set the ACC career record in saves (436) and ranks second all-time in conference history with 24 shutouts.
Prior to graduating from N.C. State, she served as the undergraduate assistant for one season.
Following her graduation from N.C. State, Mertz continued her soccer career as the goalkeeper for the Raleigh Wings of the Elite W-League, which won the USISL Championship in 1998 and `99. She also served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia in 1999 under current head national team coach April Heinrichs. Mertz holds a USSF "A" Coaching License as well as an NSCAA National Advanced license.
In the summers, Mertz is one of the directors of the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper Camps run by former U.S. Women's National Team Coach Tony DiCicco. Mertz lettered in basketball, softball and field hockey while a student at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia.