2009 BIG WEST CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
Keith West starts his ninth year as the head coach of the Northridge women's soccer team in 2014.
The 2013 season was a difficult one from a win-loss perspective, but the Matadors still recorded several notable feats during the campaign. Senior Chloe McDaniel was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Freshman Breanna McCallum tied for the team lead with three goals and scored the game-winning goal in CSUN’s win over Long Beach State. Brittanie Sakajian also had three goals and a total of five Matadors scored their first career goal during the season.
In 2012, the Matadors reached new program heights as CSUN earned its first Big West Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. Northridge finished the year 11-5-6 overall and 6-1-2 in Big West play to earn the second seed in the Big West Tournament. At the event, CSUN knocked off Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton in overtime to earn the league’s automatic bid to The Big Dance. Individually, Cynthia Jacobo won her second-straight Big West Goalkeeper of the Year while Chloe McDaniel was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Year. Melissa Fernandez joined them on the league’s First Team and Jacobo (1st), Fernandez (2nd) and McDaniel (3rd) all earned NSCAA All-West Region Honors. Seniors Stephanie Galarze and Katie Russ capped off their careers with all-league recognition while Taylor Hobson, in her freshman campaign, also received all-league honors.
The 2011 season saw the Matadors finish 7-10-2 overall but qualify for the Big West Tournament for the third-straight season after finishing 4-3-1 in league action. Facing a difficult road schedule to start the season, CSUN started putting these together as it got favorable results at Purdue and LMU and at home against Princeton. Once the league began, CSUN made its presence known on opening weekend, securing four road points on the road in a tie at Pacific and a convincing victory at UC Davis. At home, the Matadors avenged themselves against UCSB and saw an 89th-minute goal propel them past Long Beach State. In the Big West Tournament, CSUN lost for the second-straight year at the 49ers, but saw Cynthia Jacobo named Big West Goalkeeper of the Year. Senior Heidi Farran joined Jacobo in earning All-Big West First Team honors and Brielle Slepicoff, Katie Russ and Alexis Barbara also earned All-Big West honors.
Building on the momentum generated in 2009, the 2010 season represented a successful campaign for West and the Matadors. The team tied a school record with 12 victories and posted a 5-3 mark in league play to qualify for the Big West Tournament for the second-straight year. The squad also posted an 8-2 mark at home as Matador Soccer Field debuted its new lighting system in an Aug. 22 match against Portland. Following the season, six Matadors were named to the All-Big West Team and Brielle Slepicoff (Second Team) and Farryn Townley (Third Team) earned NSCAA All-West Region honors. Townley also left school as the program's all-time leader in goals (22), points (48) and matches played (80).
The 2009 season represented one of the most accomplished seasons in Matador history. With West at the helm, the Matadors posted a 10-10 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Big West. By finishing second in the league standings, Northridge hosted its first playoff game in school history, a 2-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 5. Individually, West saw five Matadors honored by the league coaches, including First Team honors for Farryn Townley and Big West Freshman of the Year honors for Cynthia Jacobo. For his work in the historic season, West was named the 2009 Big West Coach of the Year.
The Matadors finished 8-9-2 in the 2008 season, including a 3-4-1 record against Big West opponents. Northridge started the campaign with a school-record four-straight victories. CSUN also recorded the 100th victory in the program's history with a 2-0 defeat of UC Davis on Oct. 17. In all, 11 different players scored goals for CSUN during the year and seniors Tryna Tafoya and Nalena Betancourt recieved All-Big West honors following the season.
In 2007, West's Matadors finished 5-10-3 overall, but 3-1-2 over their last six games and 2-4-2 againt Big West Conference opponents, including a 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The victory over the Gauchos was CSUN's first since 2001. Following the season, seniors Susie Mischenko and Kristy Krohn earned All-Big West honors, with Mischenko receiving All-Big West First Team recognition for the second-consecutive season.
In his first season as the head coach, West guided the Matadors to a 10-9-0 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the Big West Conference in 2006. West had two players receive All-Big West honors, as Susie Mischenko earned first team accolades and Sara Davis was named honorable mention.
West was named head coach on Mar. 14, 2006, becoming the fifth head coach in the history of the program. West previously worked with the women's team for two years as an assistant under Terry Davila and helped guide the Matadors to a pair of double-digit win totals. In 2004, Northridge equaled school records in wins (12) and conference victories (6) in earning its first trip to the Big West Tournament. In 2005, the Matadors posted an 11-8-0 record, setting a school mark with a nine-match win streak in tying for fourth in one of the toughest conference's in the nation.
West has been a part of the Cal State Northridge soccer coaching staff since 1999 when he was an assistant on the men's team. His coaching days began in 1996 when he served as a graduated assistant on coach Marwan Ass'ad's staff.
As the men's defensive coach for seven seasons, West helped the Matadors to four straight trips (2002-05) to the NCAA Division I Tournament thanks to a defense that has been ranked as one of the nation's toughest over the last four seasons. Northridge finished with a goals against average of 0.88 last season and posted 11 shutouts. Three Matador defenders earned All-Big West Conference honors, with Sean Franklin earning first-team honors, Matt Tracy receiving second-team accolades and Derek Hanks being named to the honorable mention team. A total of 10 Northridge defenders were named all-conference from 2002-05, including back-to-back Big West Defensive Player of the Year Edwin Miranda.
West spent seven years as the assistant coach of Harvard-Westlake High School's varsity girls' soccer team. In addition, he served as the head coach of the boys' Valley United Soccer Club for four years and the girls' Valley United Soccer Club for one season. West coached the West Valley Samba squad that won the Dallas Cup tournament in 2002.
Much of West's success as a coach comes from lessons learned on the field as a three-year letterman with the Matadors from 1993-95. He led the western region and finished third in the nation in scoring as a senior after collecting an amazing 20 goals and 49 total points. In addition to his Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year award, West garnered second team All-Far West Region honors in 1995. Recently, West was named to the MPSF 15th Anniversary Team.
As a high school athlete at Kennedy High School, West accumulated many accolades, including his selection as City Player of the Year after his junior season. He was also an all-conference player in football during his high school career.
West, who graduated from CSUN in the spring of 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Finance/Real Estate, was born on Feb. 5, 1973 and currently resides in Granada Hills. He and his wife, Eva, have a son, Cameron Anders, and daughter, Kylee.