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The 2012 season marks B.J. Snow's second year at the helm of the UCLA women's soccer program. Snow became the fourth head coach in UCLA history in 2011 when he took over for longtime head coach Jillian Ellis, who left UCLA to accept the job of Youth Women's National Team Development Director for U.S. Soccer.
Snow led UCLA to a 16-1-4 overall record in his first season as head coach in 2011, helping the Bruins reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA also notched an 8-1-2 record in league play for a second-place finish in the extremely competitive Pac-12 Conference.
Snow arrived at UCLA as a volunteer assistant coach in 2006 and quickly rose through the coaching ranks, going from volunteer assistant to full-time coach in the span of just one year. He was then promoted to assistant head coach in 2009. During his time at UCLA, the Bruins have compiled a record of 113-19-11, reaching the NCAA College Cup from 2006-09. UCLA also won three consecutive Pac-10 titles from 2006-08.
A master recruiter, Snow has helped UCLA notch top 5 classes in each of his seven seasons on staff. Snow's 2011 class, which featured 10 players with national team experience, is widely regarded as one of the best classes in women's soccer history.
Snow arrived at UCLA after spending four years as the head men's coach at his former high school, Portage Central in Kalamazoo, Mich. During his tenure at PCHS, he led the Mustangs to three Southern Michigan Athletic Conference (SMAC) titles, including three district championships. In addition, Portage Central set the school record for wins in both 2004 (19) and 2005 (20). He also coached NSCAA/adidas National High School Player of the Year Eric Alexander, who now plays at Indiana. Snow was an assistant with the girl's team at the school.
A four-year starter on defense at Indiana from 1996-99, Snow helped the Hoosiers capture four-straight Big Ten titles, including back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999. Indiana's record during his time in Bloomington was 81-8-3. In addition to his efforts in the college game, Snow has also served as an assistant with the Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team, traveling with the team to the 2010 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Germany. He has also been brought in by U.S. Soccer to serve as a clinician at a number of coaching seminars.
Snow is married to U.S. Women's National team member Lindsay Tarpley. The two welcomed their first child, a son, in July of 2012.
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