LMU women's soccer, led by its 11-member senior class and facing one of the toughest slates in recent memory, kicks things off this week, beginning with a road match at Cal Poly on Friday (7 p.m.) before returning home to Sullivan Field Sunday for their home opener against Northeastern (4 p.m.).
In the midst of preseason training for the upcoming 2013 season, the LMU men's and women's soccer teams made an appearance at the Soccer For Hope Mission Viejo Annual Soccer Camp.
The Lions will face eight reigning NCAA Tournament qualifiers, host 10 matches at Sullivan Field and appear on TV at least once in 2013.
LMULions.com is showcasing the women's soccer incoming 2013 class one at a time, concluding today with Nikki Martino.
LMULions.com is showcasing the women's soccer incoming 2013 class one at a time, continuing today with defender Natalie Rockwell.
Head Coach Michelle Myers
Student-Athlete reception prior to the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Longtime assistant Michelle Myers was named head coach of the LMU women's soccer program on February 17, 2012, becoming the fifth head coach in the program's 19-year history.
Myers has been a mainstay of the LMU coaching staff for well over a decade, as 2013 will mark her 17th season with the LMU women's soccer program.
Myers has been a key part of the Lions' success for over a decade, helping the program to its first NCAA College Cup appearance in 2002 and consistently signing some of the best recruiting classes in the nation. The 2006 entering class was ranked 28th nationally by Soccer Buzz, giving LMU one of the top 50 incoming classes for the fifth straight year, and followed through with the program's second NCAA tournament berth in 2006.
In her first season at the helm of the program, Myers guided LMU to a 9-8-2 overall record and 3-5-0 West Coast Conference mark. The Lions rode a season-best four-game win streak early in the year, while memorable moments included a 1-1 draw against then No. 1 nationally ranked UCLA and a 3-0 shutout of WCC foe and then No. 15 ranked Pepperdine.
Myers has been an active member of the Cal South Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 1996. Myers has led her teams to 10 ODP regional championships and three national titles including the most recent one in March 2011 with the 94 Cal South girls. Currently, she is the head coach of the Cal South Girls '95 state team.
She joined the program in 1996 after serving one year as head coach of the women's program at Rancho Santiago Community College in Santa Ana. Myers inherited the program in its second year of existence and led a youthful squad to a 9-10-1 overall record in 1995.
Before moving to the college ranks, Myers spent three seasons guiding one of the top prep girl's soccer programs in Southern California at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. Under her helm (1992-95), the Monarchs amassed a three-year record of 46-20-11, including back-to-back South Coast League Championships in 1994 and 1995. In addition, Myers led the team to a CIF semifinal appearance in 1994 and a quarterfinal trip in 1995.
Before taking over the varsity program, Myers guided Mater Dei's junior varsity team to the 1990 and 1991 Angeles League Championships while compiling an overall record of 39-5-2. Her first taste of coaching came in the dual role of junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Los Altos High School in the S.F. Bay Area.
An outstanding collegiate player, Myers played four seasons at Santa Clara. As a senior, she helped the Broncos to a 10-4-3 overall record and a No. 17 national ranking, the first national ranking in program history. In her four seasons (1984-87) at SCU, the team totaled an overall record of 46-17-10.
A 1984 graduate of Rosary High School in Fullerton, Calif., Myers earned All-Freeway League, All-Orange County and All-CIF honors in both soccer and softball. As a member of the JUSA U-18 select team, she earned a bronze medal in the Norway Cup.
On the club level, Myers coached three years for the Wolfpack Soccer Club. In 2008, Myers was named the first head coach of the Ventura County Fusion of the W-league, the top professional league in North America.
Myers is a 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University with a bachelor's of science degree in combined sciences. Myers currently resides in El Segundo.