Fresno State women’s soccer head coach Brian Zwaschka has been named interim head coach of the Fresno Fuego of the USL Premier Development League
In a season full of records and Mountain West honors, the Fresno State soccer team finished its second season in the MW with a 10-8-2 overall record and 7-2-1 record in the conference.
Morgan Castain was named MW Offensive Player of the Year, Ariana Holmes was named MW Freshman of the Year and Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka was named MW Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs are set to host all seven home soccer matches in Bulldog Stadium this fall.
Fresno State has six games scheduled for the spring.
August 2, 2012
Last updated on December 10, 2015
Brian Zwaschka became the fourth Fresno State women's soccer head coach on April 6, 2009, and has coached the most games in program history (141). He leads the ’Dogs with a wealth of soccer experience and knowledge as the team looks forward to its fifth season of competition in the Mountain West.
Entering the 2016 season, Zwaschka is 15 wins from winning the most games as a head coach in program history. The Bulldogs are also 13 wins from 200 all-time and seven home wins from reaching 100 all-time home wins.
Zwaschka has led the Bulldogs to three Western Athletic Conference tournament appearances, including one championship in 2010, one WAC regular season runner-up finish, one WAC tournament runner-up finish, one MW regular season runner-up finish, two MW tournament appearances, and one NCAA tournament appearance.
Under Zwaschka, the Bulldogs have seen 19 All-Conference Team honors, 19 Conference Player of the Week awards, 10 CoSIDA Academic honors and 64 Academic All-Conference honors.
Zwaschka has helped train and develop players for the international stage. This includes Iceland National Team veteran, Katrin Omarsdottir, as well as U.S. Women's Full National Team forward, Alex Morgan. He also coached National Team hopefuls Katie Oakes and Megan Jesolva. In Chile in 2008, Morgan went on to score the winning goal in the FIFA U20 World Cup tournament championship match, additionally receiving the Silver Ball and the Bronze Shoe tournament awards.
Zwaschka was also an assistant coach with the Cal North Olympic Development Program 93 Girls team and was a staff coach for the Region IV Olympic Development Program, which involve preparation and selection of girls with aspirations to advance to the Girls' and Women's National Teams.
Zwaschka holds coaching certifications domestically with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and is a member of both coaching organizations. He has also earned international coaching certification from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Zwaschka and his wife, Sara, have five children, including four sons, Lochan, Jagozar, Toban and Jazlo and one daughter, Bria.
Grand View University (Player)
Zwaschka’s experience as a player includes collegiate play at Grand View University from 1990-92, earning NAIA All-American and District 15 Player of the Year honors.
Professional Experience (Player)
His professional career spanned six years, including time with the USL's Des Moines Menace and the Connecticut Wolves, formerly of the A-League level. In addition to the domestic game, he gained four years of significant experience abroad, playing a season each in Scotland and England, and two seasons in France.
Soccer Club Coaching (Head Coach)
Zwaschka began his coaching career with the Waukee Soccer Club and the Iowa United Soccer Club. He led the Waukee boys’ team to a gold medal at the Iowa Games in 1995 and the Iowa United boys’ team to a state championship in 1998.
Dowling High School (Assistant Coach)
Zwaschka was then an assistant coach at Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Under his guidance, Dowling claimed the 2000 conference title.
Grand View University (Assistant Coach)
Zwaschka returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach at Grand View University. In two seasons on the coaching staff, Zwaschka helped the Vikings to the national tournament for the second time in program history, a No. 11 national ranking for the first time in program history, and two conference championships.
Texas Tech (Assistant Coach)
Zwaschka was then an assistant coach at Texas Tech from 2005-07. In 2006, he helped the Red Raiders build formidably to be voted the third-most improved NCAA Division I Women's Soccer team in the nation.
Cal (Assistant Coach)
Just prior to Fresno State, Zwaschka was an assistant coach for two years at Cal, where his primary responsibilities were to oversee the program's performance-related tasks, including player development, fitness and wellness, nutrition, recovery, video, scouting, equipment and facilities. He also shared heavily in planning and conducting team and individual training, prospect evaluations and other recruiting duties.
In 2008, Zwaschka helped coach the Golden Bears to their fifth-straight NCAA tournament appearance, and the 10th in 11 seasons. In his first season at Cal, the team posted a 15-5-1 record, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 11 national ranking.
Fresno State (Head Coach)
Overall record: 6-13-0
WAC record: 4-4-0
In Zwaschka’s first season as the Fresno State head coach, the Bulldogs finished in sixth place in the WAC and lost to Boise State (2-1) in the quarterfinals in the WAC tournament.
Zwaschka earned his first Bulldog victory on Sept. 13, 2009, against CSU Bakersfield; his first WAC win was at Hawai'i on Oct. 4, 2009.
During the season, Chrissy Smith earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Following the season, Kendall Van Dine, Molly Nizzoli and Vanessa Gonzalez earned Second-Team All-WAC honors.
Off the field, Katie Lee was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third-Team and 10 Bulldogs earned Academic All-WAC honors.
Overall record: 9-9-5
WAC record: 3-3-2
During his second season with the ’Dogs, Zwaschka led the program to its second WAC Tournament title in three years after finishing sixth place in the WAC.
The Bulldogs won the 2010 Conference crown in dramatic fashion as they claimed the title after beating San Jose State on penalty kicks in the championship game. Vanessa Gonzalez, Katie Lee, Lauren Lindstrom and Kendall Van Dine received WAC All-Tournament honors and Lee was named the WAC Tournament MVP.
Zwaschka guided the Bulldogs to the program’s fourth-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, in which they lost to UCF (2-1) in the first round.
Following the season, Kaitlyn Revel earned First-Team All-WAC honors and Nicole Duff was selected Second-Team All-WAC.
Off the field, Lee was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Second-Team. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First-Team along with Megan Ashjian. Claudia Cardenas and Van Dine were selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third-Team. 11 Bulldogs received Academic All-WAC honors.
Overall record: 11-5-5
WAC record: 4-1-2
In Zwaschka's third year at the helm, the Bulldogs were able to finish the year undefeated at home. This was also the first year that Zwaschka would face ranked opponents, including No. 4 UCLA (Lost 4-1), No. 8 Pepperdine (Tied 1-1), No. 11 Texas A&M (Lost 4-2) and No. 21 Loyola Marymount (Tied 0-0). This was the most ranked opponents the Bulldogs faced in a season since they played against five in 2003.
Zwaschka led the team to a second consecutive WAC championship game, in which it fell in a 1-0 heartbreaker to Utah State. The 'Dogs finished the season in second place in the WAC. Laura Dodd, Molly Nizzoli and Kendall Van Dine received WAC All-Tournament honors.
During the season, the Bulldogs had seven Conference Player of the Week honors by six different players, the most in any season in program history.
Following the season, Callie Hancock, Lauren Lindstrom, Molly Nizzoli and Kendall Van Dine were all named to the All-WAC First-Team. Laura Dodd and Vanessa Gonzalez were selected to the All-WAC Second-Team.
Off the field, Van Dine was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third-Team. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First-Team along with Kayla Kret. Five Bulldogs received Academic All-WAC honors.
Overall record: 4-11-5
MW record: 2-3-2
In his fourth season as head coach, Zwaschka transitioned the Bulldogs into their first year in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs finished the year in fifth place in the MW and lost to UNLV (3-0) in the quarterfinals in the MW tournament.
The ’Dogs faced five ranked opponents during the season, including No. 4 UCLA (Lost 2-0), No. 7 Oklahoma State (Lost 2-0), No. 7 San Diego State (Lost 3-1), No. 20 Portland (Lost 5-0) and No. 25 Santa Clara (Lost 3-2 OT). This was the most ranked opponents the Bulldogs faced in a season since they played against five in 2003 (Four in 2011).
During the season, Morgan Castain and Katie DeVault earned MW Player of the Week honors. The senior duo was also named in the top 20 in the Mountain West by the College Soccer Player Rankings released by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Following the season, Callie Hancock was selected to the All-MW First-Team and Vanessa Gonzalez was named to the All-MW Second-Team.
Off the field, 14 Bulldogs received Academic All-MW honors, the most in a season in program history.
Overall record: 10-8-2
MW record: 7-2-1
As the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year, Zwaschka led the ’Dogs to a second-place finish in the MW, while ending the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak in his fifth season leading the program. The Bulldogs’ season ended in the semifinals of the MW Tournament, falling to Boise State 2-1 in double overtime.
The Bulldogs pushed nine of their 20 matches into overtime in 2013, which set a new Fresno State record for most overtime matches in a single season. The 'Dogs won five of those overtime matches, which also broke the school record for most overtime wins in a year.
Fresno State faced one ranked opponent during the season in No. 23 Santa Clara (Lost 1-0 OT).
During the season, the Bulldogs earned six MW Player of the Week honors between Katie DeVault, Morgan Castain and Ariana Holmes.
Following the season, Fresno State took three of the four MW postseason awards, while three Bulldogs were named to the All-MW teams. Castain was named MW Offensive Player of the Year, Holmes was named MW Freshman of the Year and Zwaschka was named Coach of the Year. Castain and DeVault earned All-MW First-Team honors, while Holmes was named to the All-MW Second-Team.
Off the field, 12 Bulldogs received Academic All-MW honors.
Overall record: 4-16-0
MW record: 3-8-0
In Zwaschka’s sixth season as the Fresno State head coach, the Bulldogs finished 10th in the MW.
During the season, Ashari Hines and Domenique Banta received MW Player of the Week honors.
Following the season, Jaycee Bingham was named to the All-MW First-Team.
Off the field, 12 Bulldogs received Academic All-MW honors.
Overall record: 5-12-1
MW record: 4-6-1
Zwaschka, who has now coached the most games (141) in program history, completed his seventh season at the program’s helm.
The Bulldogs finished ninth in the MW in a season marred by injuries. Despite adversities, the ’Dogs were in contention to make the Mountain West Championship going into their final game, had two sophomores selected to the 2015 MW All-Conference Second-Team (Myra Delgadillo and Maria Gomez), played some of the top competition in the country (Duke and No. 7 North Carolina) and four of their top five offensive leaders were underclassmen.
Playing their first ranked opponent since 2013, the Bulldogs lost to No. 7 UNC 7-0 in their season-opening weekend.
Among MW members during Conference play, the Bulldogs ranked second in shots (177), third in corner kicks (55), fourth in assists (12) and sixth in goals (14) and points (40). However, the ’Dogs also ranked seventh in fouls (113), 10th in saves (42) and 11th in goals allowed (20).
Boasting one of the best venues in the MW, Fresno State was second among Conference members with a home attendance average of 691 during the season. New Mexico led with 1,143.
Throughout the season, 17 different players recorded shots, nine different players scored goals, five different players led the team with two assists each and three different goalkeepers saw action.
During the season, Angie Weiner received MW Player of the Week honors.
Following the season, Delgadillo and Gomez were selected to the All-MW Second-Team.
Off the field, Peyton Cline was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Second-Team, the first Fresno State women’s soccer player to receive this honor since 2011.
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