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Aug. 9, 2011
CHICAGO, Ill. (virginiasports.com) - The United States Soccer Federation announced Monday that Virginia women's soccer head coach Steve Swanson has been named the head coach of the Under-20 Women's National Team. Swanson assumes those duties in addition to his role leading the Cavalier program.
The CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup will be held early next year. If the team advances through qualifying, it will compete next August at the World Cup in Uzbekistan. The United States has won two of the previous five U-20 Women's World Cups, taking the title in 2002 and 2008.
Swanson is entering his 12th season at Virginia and is the all-time winningest coach in program history with a 153-61-31 record (.688) over the past 11 seasons. He has led the Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament each season, reaching the round of 16 nine times and the quarterfinals twice. In 2004, he guided Virginia to its first ACC Championship.
Prior to arriving in Charlottesville, Swanson was the head coach at Dartmouth (1990-95) and Stanford (1996-99). He has a 257-124-42 career record and his teams have won five conference titles and made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. He is the only Division I coach to win championships in three different conferences. Swanson has coached 18 All-Americans, eight conference players of the year, and 71 all-conference selections. Of his former players at Dartmouth, Stanford and Virginia, 24 have played professionally in the WUSA or WPS.
Swanson has long been associated with US Soccer. From 2000-02 he served as the head coach of the U-16 Girls National Team and U-18 Women's National Team. In recent years he has served as an assistant coach with the U-17, U-18 and U-20 National Teams.