114 Intercollegiate Athletics Building sjuniper@uci.edu

Head Coach Scott Juniper

Scott Juniper has been the women's soccer head coach at UC Irvine since January 2006. In nine seasons at the helm, Juniper put the Anteaters on the national map, leading the program to a historic 19-3-2 season and reaching NCAA Tournament for the first time in history in 2010 and returning for a second straight year in 2011 after a 16-win season.

Coach Juniper has built the Anteater program into an annual contender that has taken out top-tier programs in the process such as BYU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Oregon State, Portland, and Long Beach State. Coach Juniper has led the Anteaters to a Big West Tournament berth in six of his nine seasons including five straight from 2009 to 2013 with two tournament final appearances in that span. It has also produced two All-Americans in Tanya Taylor, and two-time recipient CoCo Goodson.

Juniper, Goodson, and the ‘Eaters earned its second at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 after a 14-4-3 season where the squad secured its second straight Big West regular season title. For her efforts, Goodson was drafted 12th overall in the WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence. She has since played for FC Twente football club in the Netherlands before returning to the states and joined Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Juniper guided UCI to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2010 season after a marvelous 19-3-2 record in the regular season. The program captured the Big West regular season title becoming the first unbeaten and untied team in Big West play sporting an 8-0-0 record. Victories over Arizona State and Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament led them to the Sweet Sixteen before its run finally coming to an end in Anteater Stadium with a 1-0, double overtime loss to the University of Washington. The women's soccer team concluded the season ranked No. 14 in the nation and second in California (NSCAA). For his efforts, Juniper was recognized as the 2010 Big West Coach of the Year and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year.

In 2009, Juniper's Anteaters reached the Big West Tournament going 12-7-2 overall and 4-3-1 in Big West play finishing in a tie for fourth place. In Juniper's first season, he led UCI to an 11-7-2 record overall and a 5-2-1 record in the Big West. That season the 'Eaters finished third in the Big West to qualify for the Big West Conference Tournament.

In 2006, Juniper was hired as an assistant coach at UCI under April Heinrichs. Prior to joining the Anteater program, Juniper was an assistant coach for the UC Riverside men's soccer program for three seasons from 2003-05 and an assistant coach at the University of Bristol (England) from 1998 - 2002. Juniper earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Bristol (England) in 1998 and went on to receive his Master's in sport and exercise science from the University of Bath (England) in 2002. His Master's thesis investigated group dynamics of elite soccer. Juniper's research was published by the English F.A. Coaches Association Journal in 2003 and "The Sport Psychologist" in 2006. His research, which was based on work with collegiate soccer programs in the U.S. and professional soccer academies in England, highlighted key elements of effective teams. Coach Juniper has delivered presentations on building effective teams to a number of organizations. 

As a collegiate soccer player in England at the University of Bristol, Juniper was named both Freshman and Player of the Year in 1996 and was the leading scorer in 1996 and 1998. During that time, Juniper represented England Universities at the regional level. In 1995, he captained the Colchester Sixth Form College to a high school national title and in 2001 he was part of the National Championship winning team at the University of Bath. He also played for a number of semi-professional teams in England. Juniper holds the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license, UEFA "B" license, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Goalkeeper license, and a Speed, Agility and Quickness trainer accreditation. He is also on the Cal South coach education staff, coaches with the Cal South and Region IV Olympic Development programs in addition to local clubs and community programs.

Juniper's Publications
Juniper, S. W. & Mellalieu, S. D. (2003). The Impact of Role States on Team Effectiveness. INSIGHT - The Football Association Coaches Association Journal, 4, Vol. 6, 59-61.

Mellalieu, S. D., & Juniper, S.W. (2006). A Qualitative Investigation into Experiences of the Role Episode in Soccer. The Sport Psychologist, 20, 399-418.


The Juniper File

  • NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year, 2010
  • Big West Coach of the Year, 2010

Juniper's Publications

  • Juniper, S. W. & Mellalieu, S. D. (2003). The Impact of Role States on Team Effectiveness. INSIGHT - The Football Association Coaches Association Journal, 4, Vol. 6, 59-61.
  • Mellalieu, S. D., & Juniper, S.W. (2006). A Qualitative Investigation into Experiences of the Role Episode in Soccer. The Sport Psychologist, 20, 399-418. 
Season School Overall Big West
2016 UC Irvine 13-7-2 5-2-1 (2nd)
2015 UC Irvine 7-11-1 3-5 (7th)
2014 UC Irvine 7-9-3 3-4-1 (T-5th)
2013 UC Irvine 11-7-0 6-2-0 (2nd)
2012 UC Irvine 9-8-4 5-1-3 (4th)
2011 UC Irvine 14-4-3 6-1-1 (1st)
2010 UC Irvine 19-3-2 8-0-0 (1st)
2009 UC Irvine 12-7-2 4-3-1 (T-4th)
2008 UC Irvine 8-9-2 2-4-2 (6th)
2007 UC Irvine 11-7-2 5-2-1 (T-3rd)
Total 10 Seasons 111-72-21 47-24-10


Contact Coach Juniper

Email: sjuniper@uci.edu 

Office: IAB 114

Assistant Coaches P.J. Woolridge and Danielle de Seriere

The Woolridge File

  • Assistant Coach, USC
  • Assistant Coach, San Diego
  • Assistant Coach, Cal Poly

Contact Coach Woolridge

Email: pwoolrid@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-1095

Office: IAB 113

Woolridge finished up his second season as an assistant coach with the Anteaters in 2015.

Woolridge spent the previous three seasons at USC where the Trojans totaled 21 wins and scored notable wins over schools like UCLA, Stanford, and Washington. Prior to that, he assisted for three seasons at San Diego after serving as an assistant at Cal Poly for eight seasons. The Mustangs won four straight Big West championships during that time, and reached the NCAA Tournament five times. During Woolridge's three seasons at San Diego, the Toreros made runs to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons that Woolridge was there including a matchup between the Toreros and ‘Eaters in 2010.

"I am truly honored for the opportunity to join the Anteater family. Over the years, I have gained a great deal of respect for the UC Irvine Women’s Soccer program and university as a whole so I am extremely excited to begin working with such a great staff and talented group of student-athletes,” Woolridge said of his new opportunity.

As a player, Woolridge was a four-year starter at Cal Poly, where he helped lead the Mustangs to the 1995 Division I playoffs and also was a two-time first-team all-conference honoree. He still holds Cal Poly program records with career matches played (72) and started (72) as well as game-winning goals in a season. He is a 2000 graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in psychology.

Woolridge grew up in San Jose, Calif., and is a 1995 graduate of Leland High School, where he lettered four times in soccer as a midfielder and forward and served as team captain for two seasons. His four teams posted a combined 70-15-5 record and Woolridge was named All-City four times and All-Santa Clara County twice as he scored 55 goals and 68 assists in his prep career. He also was a two-time High School All-American (1994, 1995) and played on the Youth National Team in 1991 and 1993.

In recent years, Woolridge has gained his USSF National B license. Together with his wife, Alli, they have a 2-year-old daughter named Rylan, and welcomed their son, Keenan, in June.

The de Seriere File

  • FC Twente (Netherlands) - 2012-14
  • Big West Goalkeeper of the Year - 2010
  • UC Irvine team captain - 2009-10

Contact Coach de Seriere

Email: ddeserie@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-1095

Office: IAB 113

The 'Eaters welcomed Danielle de Seriere on board for her first coaching season with the program in 2014.

de Seriere dots the Anteater record books from when she was a goalkeeper from 2006-10. She is the all-time program leader is wins, shutouts, and goals-against-average. She is second in goalkeeper saves, and holds single-season win and shutout records stemming from the Anteaters' marvelous 19-3-2 season in 2010 that stretched in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

Following college, de Seriere found a place in the Netherlands with the club FC Twente from 2011-13.


Volunteer Assistant Coach Rachel Schmid

Schmid’s first season as assistant coach was the 2016 season. Schmid is a proud alum of the UCI program (2005-2009) and a former captain of the 2008 squad. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, Schmid went on to play semi-professional soccer for the Los Angeles Strikers in the W-League until she suffered a severe knee injury in early 2013.  While playing in the W-League, Schmid obtained a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton. Schmid spent four years as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Marymount California University where she doubled as the strength and conditioning coach. While at MCU, the program went from a losing record to winning league and competing in the CAL PAC tournament each year. She was also a sports performance coach for Velocity Sports Performance from 2012-2014, specializing in soccer specific training and soccer team training.  In 2015, she worked as a physiologist for the USWYNT until she welcomed her son Elliott in December of 2015. Schmid has her USSF National ‘C’ License, and she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Schmid’s husband Kyle also coaches, he is the assistant men’s soccer coach at Cal State University Fullerton.

 “I am honored to be a part of this staff and to be an Anteater again.  I have worked really hard to gain expertise in the soccer performance side so I am excited to share what I know with the program I love. I’d also like to thank my husband, Kyle, for always being so supportive to me and my ambitions.”


The Schmid File

  • U.S. Women's Youth National Team physiologist - 2015
  • Marymount California University Assistant Coach - 2010-14
  • UC Irvine soccer alum - 2005-09

Contact Schmid

Email: rachelcschmid@gmail.com | Phone: 949-824-1095

Office: IAB 113

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