Former University of Washington standout Peter van de Ven is in his fifth season as UCLA assistant coach/goalkeeper coach.
During his first four seasons at UCLA, he tutored All-American Zach Wells, who went on to set UCLA single-season records for saves (101 in 2001), victories (20 in 2003) and goals against average (0.52 in 2003).
Van de Ven was an assistant at Chapman University from 1999-2000, coaching both the men's and women's teams to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. From 1999-2001, he also served as assistant coach/goalkeeper coach at Mater Dei HS, which won back-to-back CIF Championships in 1999 and 2000. He also has experience at the club level, coaching the Irvine Lasers U-17 and U-16 Boys and the San Juan Soccer Club U-17 Girls.
A first-team Academic All-American at the University of Washington, van de Ven led his team to the 1998 MPSF Championship and to NCAA Tournament berths from 1996-98. As a senior, he earned first-team All-MPSF acclaim after posting a 0.85 GAA with eight shutouts. He previously played two years at the University of Notre Dame, where he also helped his team reach the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
Upon graduating from Washington in 1998 with a B.A. in Psychology, van de Ven enjoyed a successful three-year professional career and spent parts of the 2000 season with the Los Angeles Galaxy. As a member of the Orange County Waves in 2000, he had five shutouts in 15 starts.
The Santa Ana native was the CIF Goalkeeper of the Year, as well as an all-county and all-league selection at Mater Dei HS, where he posted 16 shutouts and captained his squad to the CIF Southern Section title as a senior.
Van de Ven, who has a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License, earned his Master's Degree in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco in 2005.
He and his wife Rebecca were married in March 2005 and reside in West Los Angeles.
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