Women's Soccer Names New Head Coach

Todd Saldana is the choice.

Jan. 30, 1998

Todd Salda?a has been named head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team, UCLA associate athletic director Betsy Stephenson announced today.

"We feel that Todd will lead our program to the next level," said Stephenson. "He is an outstanding coach and is well-known throughout the soccer community. Our program has made great strides in its five years of existence and we are excited about the future under Todd's leadership."

Salda?a, 36, comes to UCLA from Loyola Marymount, where he served as head coach of the men's program during the 1997 season. Loyola was 6-9-1 and recorded the highest conference game victory total (three) in the school's history.

Prior to moving to Loyola last June, he spent two years (1995 and 1996) as head coach of the men's and women's programs at Cal Poly Pomona. He was selected California Collegiate Athletic Assn. women's Co-Coach of the Year in 1995 and men's Coach of the Year in 1996.

Salda?a spent six outstanding seasons (1989-94) as an assistant coach for the UCLA men's team. During that span, UCLA played in the NCAA championship all six years, winning its second NCAA championship in 1990, playing in the Final Four in 1994, and reaching the quarterfinals in 1989, 1991 and 1992.

In addition to his collegiate coaching, he has also been successful coaching on the club level. He served as head coach of the Ajax Women's Soccer Club from 1990-1996 and the team won a national championship in 1993. He also served as the State head coach for the Olympic Development Program (under-16 boys) and was an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-17 and Under -18 National teams.

An excellent player at South Torrance High School, Salda?a was the 11th player selected by the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League in the 1980 high school/college draft. He played with three teams, including the 1983 NASL champion Tulsa Roughriders.

The new Bruin coach twice earned prep All-America honors while at South Torrance. He was also a three-time All-CIF choice and a four-time All-Bay League selection. He also played with U.S. National teams from 1978 through 1982.

Salda?a currently lives in El Segundo with his wife, Denise, and daughters Adeline and Grace.