Jan. 7, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Twila Kaufman, associate head coach for the Pepperdine women's soccer team that advanced to four NCAA Tournaments including a Sweet 16 appearance during her 10-year tenure, has been named head coach for the UC Davis Aggies, it was announced on Tuesday.
Kaufman brings extensive high-level experience as both a player and coach to UC Davis. Besides valuable experience with the Pepperdine Waves, she was also head coach of the Los Angeles Legends women' soccer team and was a team captain during her four-year career as a starter at the University of Arizona.
"We're thrilled to welcome Twila to the Aggie family," said Terry Tumey, Director of Athletics. "She brings impressive experience, has a strong soccer background and is committed to seeing student-athletes achieve success on the field and off in everything they do."
Kaufman joined Pepperdine as an assistant coach in 2004 before being elevated to associate head coach in 2008. The Waves have been one of the west coast's most accomplished programs in that span, posting a 108-63-29 (.613) record while advancing four times to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2005. Pepperdine made back-to-back appearances in 2011 and 2012.
"I'm looking forward to further develop and lead the group of young women who are currently in the program, as well recruiting the bright stars of the future," Kaufman said. "I have a strong vision for the future of UC Davis soccer and can't wait to live it.
"The university's academic reputation is impressive," she added. "I believe the women's soccer players who graduate from UC Davis leave fully equipped to make their mark in the world."
Kaufman was integral in all areas of the Waves' program, including practice planning, academics, conditioning and game management. She also served as recruiting coordinator, annually bringing freshman classes that were nationally ranked by Soccer Buzz. Kaufman is known for recruiting balanced classes that feature highly touted players as well as hidden gems.
Pepperdine has also sent several players to the international stage, including national teams for Iceland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and the United States Under-23 team.
"Twila is an excellent hire for UC Davis," said Amanda Crowell, head coach for 2013 NCAA champion UCLA. "Her ability to recruit and get commitments from the elite student-athletes is undeniable. Twila's players are well led, coached and cared for, and she is an amazing communicator and student of the game. I know her soccer brain is one which I don't want to coach against."
Kaufman's coaching experience covers various levels in the sport. The L.A. Legends were members of the USL W-League which featured some of the top women's soccer in North America. She was also a volunteer assistant coach at Northern Arizona, was co-director at the Northern Arizona Training Academy. Kaufman has also been involved long term with Region IV Olympic Development Program and has been involved with the United States Soccer Federation national training centers, most recently as a director for the Los Angeles Training Center of Southern California.
Kaufman is a 2003 graduate of Arizona where she earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education. That followed an outstanding playing career in which she started all four seasons and ended her career having played more matches than any Wildcat in team history, Kaufman etched her name on several top-10 lists, was a two-time honoree on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team and was the team's Rookie of the Year in 1998.
She continued her playing career with the Arizona Heatwave of the W-1 League.
"I think UC Davis is hiring not only a gem of a soccer coach, but more importantly, a gem of a human being," said Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward. "I have no doubt that Twila Kaufman will do wonderful and amazing things with the UC Davis women's soccer program."
Kaufman is grateful for her opportunity at Pepperdine.
"I thank (Pepperdine Athletic Director) Dr. Steve Potts and Tim Ward for the incredible opportunity to be a part of Pepperdine Athletics and offering me their mentorship," she said. "I've known Tim for over 20 years and have coached with him for 10 seasons. I thank him for his profound influence on me.
Kaufman added a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in 2009 and earned her USSF National "A" license in 2010.
She replaces Maryclaire Robinson who stepped away from the Aggies' program following the 2013 season. UC Davis finished 6-9-3.
UC Davis also announced that former associate head coach Rozie DeWeese has accepted a coaching position as a Sub Group Leader for the Capital Athletic Soccer Academy (CASA) Boca in Sacramento. DeWeese was a member of the Aggie staff from 2004-13.
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"WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COACH KAUFMAN"
Amanda Crowell, UCLA women's soccer, head coach
2013 NCAA Division I Champions
"Twila is an excellent hire for UC Davis. Her ability to recruit and get commitments from the elite student-athletes is undeniable. Twila's players are well led, coached and cared for, she is an amazing communicator and student of the game. I know her soccer brain is one which I don't want to coach against."
Tim Ward, Pepperdine women's soccer, head coach
NCAA Tournament participants (2001-2005, 2011, 2012)
"First of all, I am incredibly grateful to Twila Kaufman for everything she has done and given to the Pepperdine soccer family over the last 10 years. She has been a blessing to me personally and to every one of our players in that time. And having said that, I couldn't be more excited for her and the new chapter she is about to write for the UC Davis women's soccer family.
On her coaching
In terms of her soccer acumen, I think she is one of the finest young coaches in the country. She has a wonderful soccer IQ and has a great understanding of the game at the highest level. She is incredibly efficient in the way she can teach and communicate to the players she works with. In addition, she understands the nuances required to win soccer games at this level and against top teams as she has been a huge part of our success here at Pepperdine over the course of the last 10 years.
On her recruiting
"She is also a wonderful recruiter. Not only does she have a wonderful eye for talent, but specifically she can discern between the 'good' and potentially 'great' players that will be required for any program to succeed at the highest level. Furthermore, she has a wonderful track record for developing talent as she was instrumental in helping many of our Pepperdine players achieve their dreams of playing in the pro ranks after graduation. Finally, I have no doubt that when families meet her in person, they will sense her integrity, honesty and caring nature, and will feel incredibly comfortable entrusting their daughters' development into the hands of such an amazing young woman.
"I think UC Davis is hiring not only a gem of a soccer coach, but more importantly, a gem of a human being. I have no doubt that Twila Kaufman will do wonderful and amazing things with the UC Davis women's soccer program."
Abner Rogers, Women's Professional Soccer League, former head coach
2011 WPSL Coach of the Year, OC Waves
"Twila Kaufman will do a good job for the UC Davis women's soccer team and will take it's program to the next level. She has worked with the State and Regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) and understands the game at the next level. Twila is not afraid to think outside of the box and is also familiar with young international players from her scouting in Europe. During her 10 years at Pepperdine University she has been a big influence in players making decisions to commit due to her knowledge and values. She will also be very helpful to players that aspire to play professional soccer in the U.S. or Europe after their college days!"