Terry Davila begins his 16th season at the helm of the Matador men’s soccer program at CSUN in 2014. Davila and the Matadors look to build upon a 15-7-1 record in 2013, including a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the 15th overall seed.
Davila’s side went 15-7, winning the Big West Championship and earning the skipper Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2012. After a rough season in 2010, Davila led the Matadors to an 8-8-3 record in 2011 before turning in one of the top seasons in program history a year ago.
After narrowly missing the postseason in 2008, Davila led his squad to a 10-8-2 record in 2009, the best mark since the 2005 season, and a return to postseason action when his Matadors clinched a spot in the Big West Men’s Soccer Postseason Tournament. Although his season ended earlier than he had hoped, Davila’s coaching ability was rewarded in the offseason when six of his players earned a spot on the All-Big West Conference squad with three players each receiving First Team and Honorable Mention. His players were not the only ones to receive end-of-season recognition as for the fourth time in his career, Davila earned Big West Coach of the Year Honors as voted upon by his conference peers.
In 2007, the Matadors finished 7-7-6 overall and 3-5-4 in the Big West Conference. As a team, the Matadors’ 3-0 victory over UCLA, the program’s first victory ever of the Bruins, highlighted the season. Individually, Davila and the team witnessed several impressive performances. Kevin Guppy became the all-time leader in career wins during the season en route to a spot on the All-Big West Second Team. Senior defenders Sean Franklin and Matt Tracy both earned a spot on the All-Big West First Team, while Rafael Garcia joined Guppy on the Second Team. Sunghyun Kim became the fifth Matador to earn All-Conference accolades, receiving Honorable Mention honors. Following the season, Franklin, a defender on the USA U-23 National Team, was the fourth overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft, going to the LA Galaxy, where he quickly earned a spot in the starting 11.
During the 2006 season, Davila guided the Matadors to an 8-6-5 record with one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Northridge tied national runner-up UCLA to open the season and split two meetings with NCAA Champion UC Santa Barbara, including a 5-0 victory at home on Sept. 27. Northridge finished third in the ultra-competitive Big West Conference with a 5-2-3 league mark. Eight Matadors earned All-Big West honors, including first teamers Taylor Canel, Sean Franklin and Derek Hanks. Both Canel and Franklin also received All-Far West Region accolades, giving the Matadors 12 All-Region selections over the last five years.
In 2004 and 2005, Davila and his staff masterfully coached a pair of double-digit winning teams with both the Northridge men’s and women’s soccer teams. In 2005, the women completed their second straight, double-digit win total with an 11-8-0 record, which included a school-record, nine-match winning streak. One year earlier, the 2004 squad completed an eight-win turnaround from the year before, going 12-6-1 and earning a berth in the Big West Tournament. The 12 victories and six conference wins both equaled the best output in one season for Northridge as Davila was honored as Coach of the Year.
The men’s team earned its first-ever NCAA postseason victory in ‘05 and a trip to the Sweet 16 after knocking off UC Santa Barbara in the second round of the tournament. The Matadors won their second Big West title in three years and made their fourth straight postseason appearance, posting a 15-4-3 record, which were the most wins for a Northridge squad since 1988. Ten Matadors received All-Big West honors, including Goalkeeper of the Year Kevin Guppy and Midfielder of the Year Daniel Paladini. Willie Sims also earned All-American status, making him the second Matador to receive such honors under Davila, who was also named co-Big West Coach of the Year.
In 2004, the men’s team finished with a record of 11-6-2 overall and a 6-2-2 league mark, placing second in the Big West. Nine Matadors received All-Big West Conference accolades, including Sims, who was named co-Big West Offensive Player of the Year. In the previous season, Davila was named Coach of the Year as his team crafted a 14-3-3 record that was good enough to capture a Big West title and All-Big West honors, including Edwin Miranda, who was named Defender of the Year for the second year in a row. Miranda also earned All-American and All-Far West Region honors.
In 2002, Davila led Northridge to a 14-5-2 overall record and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Ten Matadors received all-conference honors and three earned all-region selections (Miranda, Brian Phillips, Jesse Servin). Other accolades included Big West Goalkeeper of the Year (Joe Barton) and Defender of the Year (Miranda).
Davila became just the fourth head coach in the history of the men’s program when he succeeded Marwan Ass’ad in 1999. A former four-year starter for the Matadors, Davila spent three seasons (1995-97) as the top assistant under Ass’ad before taking over the head job.
Davila graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cal State Northridge in 1994. He and his wife Stephanie have two daughters, Jayden and Olivia, and one son, Devin.