May 21, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Athletic Department announced today that Todd Saldana has been selected as head coach of the Bruin men's soccer program. He served as head coach of the women's program in 1998, leading the Bruins to their second consecutive Pac-10 title. A national search to identify a new women's head coach will be conducted in the near future.
"In a very short time, Todd has had a great impact on our women's program, and we are confident that he will continue the tradition of UCLA Soccer as the men's coach," said UCLA Associate Athletic Director Betsy Stephenson.
Saldana replaces his one-time mentor Sigi Schmid, who resigned as head coach a month ago after 19 years as head coach at UCLA. Saldana was an assistant under Schmid from 1989 to 1995 and served as interim head coach from December 1993 to August 1994 while Schmid took a leave of absence to be the assistant coach with the U.S. World Cup Team. As an assistant with the men, Saldana's teams won the 1990 National Championship, reached the 1994 Final Four and made quarterfinal appearances in 1989, 1991 and 1992.
As head coach for the UCLA women in 1998, Saldana led the Bruins to their third NCAA Tournament bid in the program's six-year history as well as their second consecutive Pac-10 title. Under his tutelage, the Bruins recorded the second-best record in school history (17-4-1).
Prior to his stint with the UCLA women's team, Saldana coached the Loyola Marymount men's team to a 6-9-1 record and a school record for conference wins in 1997. Prior to Loyola, he was the head men's and women's coach at Cal Poly Pomona in 1995 and 1996. At Cal Poly, he was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Coach of the Year in 1995 and Men's Coach of the Year in 1996.
During his playing career, Saldana was drafted out of high school as the 11th player selected overall in the North American Soccer League (NASL), by the Los Angeles Aztecs in 1980. He played professionally in the NASL from 1980 to 1984 and in the American Soccer League (ASL) from 1984-86. He led his teams to the 1983 NASL Championship and the 1985 ASL Championship. He played on various youth national teams from 1978 to 1982. The new Bruin men's coach twice earned prep All-America honors while at South Torrance.
Saldana currently lives in El Segundo with his wife, Denise, and daughters Adeline, Grace, Dominique and Antoinette.