Tim Schulz Named Head Coach of U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team
CHICAGO (May 5, 2005) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach and technical director Greg Ryan has named Tim Schulz as the new U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach. Schulz will be charged with taking over a team that moves from the U-19 to U-20 level as FIFA shifts its only world championship for youth women up a year after previously holding U-19 world championships in 2002 and 2004.
May 5, 2005
Schulz, is a long-time youth coach who served as director of coaching for the highly successful Colorado Rush club from 1989-2000 and the President and CEO of Rush Soccer since 2000. He served as the head coach for the Region IV Olympic Development Program from 2000-2004 and was the assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team from 1998-2000.
Schulz has coached and worked with Rush girls’ club teams ranging in age from U-11s to U-19s, as well as the adult women’s team associated with club. Schulz helped coach Rush girls’ teams to three consecutive club national championships at the U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels from 1998-2000. Those teams featured former U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year Aleisha Cramer.
“Tim is a fantastic coach and a great leader for our U-20s,” said Ryan. “His enthusiasm for the game is tremendous, his knowledge is extensive and he really understands how to win games. I know his work will be exhaustive in identifying the top players from this age group and preparing them to qualify for the world championship. He is a great addition to our staff.”
Schulz, 43, takes over a program that placed in the top-three of the first two FIFA Youth World Championships, winning the inaugural title in 2002 in Canada under Tracey Leone and finishing third in 2004 in Thailand under Mark Krikorian. FIFA’s shift to a U-20 women’s tournament means that nine of the 20 players who were on the squad in Thailand (including five starters) are still age-eligible to compete on the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia. Players born on or after January 1, 1986, are age-eligible for the next U-20 team.
“I’ve had a chance to watch the games from Thailand, and I’m very impressed at the level of our core group of 86s and 87s,” said Schulz. “My two objectives for the next six months will be to acquire as much knowledge as I can from the past and current national team staff to help me and the team be as prepared as possible, and to watch as many players as possible. I want to look under every rock to find all the best talent in the United States.”
Schulz, who will have approximately 16 months to mold his squad before the world championship, will conduct his first training camp in late May at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., bringing in a mix of players that will be primarily high school seniors and college freshman. Veterans of the U-19 team that competed in Thailand who are still eligible for the 2006 squad include defender Stephanie Lopez and forward Amy Rodriguez -- both of whom earned their first caps for the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year at the Algarve Cup in March -- midfielders Stephanie Logterman and Alexa Orand, defender Meagan Holmes and forward Jessica Rostedt. Rodriguez scored twice in Thailand while Rostedt found the net three times.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in 2006 will feature 16 teams, up from 12 that competed in the previous two tournaments. In addition, the CONCACAF region was awarded an additional spot in the tournament, upping from two to three the number of teams from this region. A site and dates for CONCACAF qualifying has yet to be determined.
Schulz takes over a program that carries great importance in the development of future Women’s National Team players as numerous upcoming stars emerged from the 2002 team, including 2004 Olympians Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly, and 2004 Olympic Residency Camp participants Leslie Osborne and Lori Chalupny. Several players from the 2004 team, including Rodriguez and Lopez, are already making inroads at the higher levels of the U.S. Women’s National Teams.
“My goals are to prepare a team to win the world championship while also preparing them to make the jump to the senior team,” said Schulz. “To me, those goals are one and the same. If I can help the players in learning how to win games at the highest level for their age group, that is a big part of their development and will assist them in succeeding at the full international level.”
Schulz played ten years of professional soccer in the United States, signing with the San Jose Earthquakes of the NASL out of high school in 1980. Schulz also played professionally indoors with the Denver Avalanche and the St. Louis Steamers of the MISL, and also had outdoor stints with the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the NASL, the L.A. Heat of the WSL and the Colorado Foxes of the APSL. He represented the USA at the international level in 1983-84, and played on the 1983 Pan American Games team in Caracas, Venezuela.
Schulz, who holds a USSF “A” license, resides in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife Gina, and has a daughter and three sons, ages 6-23.