Todd West

College:
George Mason '88
Years at American:
14th Season

Position:
Head Coach

     
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The 2013 season will mark Todd West’s 14th campaign as the Eagles’ head coach and 18th overall season with the program. West has guided the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2001 and the second round in both 2002 and 2004. In addition, he has led his squad to victory in five of 11 D.C. College Cups, and has captured two Patriot League Championships.

In his 13-year career, West has accumulated an overall record of 117-108-29 (.518) and a conference mark of 55-25-12 (.663). The Eagles have had winning conference records in 10 of his 13 seasons, including in each of the last six campaigns.

In 2012, West’s Eagles captured the Patriot League Regular Season Championship for the fifth time in the last nine seasons and reached the Patriot League Championship Match for the fourth consecutive season. West was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, his fourth career and second-consecutive honor.

In addition to the on-the-field success, the Eagles also shined in the classroom yet again in 2012. American earned 15 Patriot League Academic Honor selections, the second-most in the conference. It was the most honorees for the Eagles since 2009. Junior forward Colin Seigfreid was named men’s soccer’s Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year making it the third-straight honoree for AU. Goalkeeper Matt Makowski won back-to-back awards. AU also earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the fourth straight season.

Year in and year out, West schedules one of the most competitive slates that Division I soccer has to offer. During his 13-year tenure, West has played 51 matches against schools from the power six conferences. This includes 24 matches against eight different current ACC foes (Boston College, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest), 20 contests versus seven current BIG EAST opponents (Connecticut, Georgetown, Rutgers, St. John’s, South Florida, Syracuse, and West Virginia), and six against Big Ten schools (Ohio State and Penn State). 

Postseason Success

In 2001, in just his second season at the helm at AU, West led the Eagles into the national spotlight with a Patriot League Championship and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. In the Patriot League Finals, the Eagles defeated Holy Cross on penalty kicks, 4-3, to earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

In the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles defeated Ohio State, 2-1, in the opening round, and followed it up with a 3-0 second round victory at Wake Forest. In the Sweet 16, AU fell 1-0 in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina. AU completed the season with a 13-8-2 overall record, including 6-1 in the Patriot League.

In 2002, the Eagles built on the momentum that had begun in the previous campaign. Throughout the season, AU was ranked in the national polls, peaking at 11th in the country. AU finished with a 13-7-2 record, including 4-2-1 in Patriot League play, finishing second in a conference that placed three teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles boasted impressive non-conference wins over No. 9 Boston College and No. 18 Penn State, which helped them earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. AU hosted George Washington in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, and defeated the Colonials, 1-0, before falling to Maryland in the second round, 1-0.

In 2004, West recorded a career-high 15 wins as AU finished 15-6-2 overall and 6-1-0 in the Patriot League. The Eagles won both the Patriot League regular season and tournament championships in route to the team’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles defeated Long Island, 3-0, before coming up on the short end of a 2-1 decision to No. 4 Virginia in the second round. West was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2004.

The 2005 season saw the Eagles earn another Patriot League regular season title with a 5-2-0 conference record as they advanced to the conference title match for the second straight season.

In 2008, West led the Eagles to a 5-1-1 Patriot League record, earning a share of the regular season crown. West was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2008, the second time he had been honored with the award in his career.

In 2011, West's squad won the Patriot League regular season crown for the fourth time in the last eight campaigns with a 5-2-0 conference mark. West earned his third conference Coach of the Year honor, although the Eagles fell short in the Patriot League Championship Game for the third straight season.

Outside of AU

In addition to his duties at American, West has worked as an assistant coach of the U-20 U.S. National Team, where he served under Head Coach Thomas Rongen. West also served as an assistant coach under Rongen with D.C. United, a three-time Major League Soccer (MLS) champion. While with United, West assisted in match preparation, player development, training sessions and scouting. Todd has coached U.S. Soccer Regional teams in international competitions in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and the U-20 National team in the Netherlands.

In the Beginning

Before taking over the AU program, West spent four seasons as an assistant to former head coach Bob Jenkins. His tenure during that run was highlighted by the Eagles’ trip to the 1997 NCAA Quarterfinals (pictured below) and a No. 5 national ranking in that season.

West’s career began as a stellar high school, club and Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He served as the head boy’s coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 1993 to 1996, where he compiled a record of 47-13-6. His Lake Braddock teams won three district titles (appearing in four) and the 1995 team captured the Northern Region and Virginia State Champion ships and finished with a No. 12 national ranking in the final poll. For his efforts, he was named 1995 NSCAA Virginia State Coach of the Year.

One of the most accomplished youth club coaches in Virginia, West has served on the U.S. Region I U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 staff. He currently works with George O’Neil as the U-17 Regional coach. West also holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “A” Coaching License.

Playing Years

A top-level student-athlete during his playing career, West is a 1988 graduate of George Mason, where he was a four-year starter for the Patriots and received a bachelor of science in physical education and business. During his career at George Mason, West played in three NCAA tournaments and helped the program capture three Colonial Athletic Association championships. George Mason finished in the top 20 three times during his collegiate career.

A native of Dallas, Texas, West currently resides in Falls Church, Va., with his wife, Samira (Sam), and daughters, Kyra and Zoe.

West's Year-By-Year Record 

Year

Record

Conf. Record*

Highlights

2000

7-9-2

5-2-1

 

2001

13-8-2

6-1-0

Patriot League Champions
NCAA Sweet 16
No. 14 national ranking

2002

13-7-2

4-2-1

NCAA Second Round

2003

7-9-1

2-5-0

 

2004

15-6-2

6-1-0

Patriot League Champions
NCAA Second Round
Patriot League Coach of the Year

2005

7-9-1

5-2-0

PL Regular Season Co-Champions

2006

6-10-3

2-3-2

 

2007

6-9-3

3-2-2

 

2008

9-7-3

5-1-1

PL Regular Season Co-Champions
Patriot League Coach of the Year

2009 9-7-3 4-2-1 Patriot League Finalists
2010 7-9-3 3-2-2 Patriot League Finalists
2011
7-12-2
5-2-0
PL Regular Season Champions
Patriot League Finalists
Patriot League Coach of the Year
2012 11-6-2  5-0-2  PL Regular Season Champions
Patriot League Finalists
Patriot League Coach of the Year

Totals

117-108-29
(.518)

55-25-12
(.663)

3 NCAA Tournament berths
4 NCAA Tournament wins
4 PL Coach of the Year honors

* Colonial Athletic Association in 2000; Patriot League in 2001-11

Born: Lubbock, Texas
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Alma Mater: George Mason '88
Family: Wife, Samira; Daughters, Kyra and Zoe
High School: All-State Selection at Richardson H.S.
College: Four-year letterwinner, three NCAA Tournaments, three CAA titles, three top-20 rankings
Position: Midfielder
Professional Organizations: USSF 'A' License, NCSAA

Coaching Career:
* Head Coach, American University, 2000-present
* Assistant Coach, American University, 1996-99
* Assistant Coach, D.C. United, 2000-01
* Region I U-14 Head Coach, 2003-present
* Head Coach, Lake Braddock HS
* Virginia ODP, 1996-2001
* U.S. U-20 National Team, 2002
* U.S. U-14 National Team, 2005-07


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