Loyola Marymount University
Longtime assistant Michelle Myers was named head coach of the LMU women's soccer program on February 17, 2012, becoming the fifth head coach since the program's inception in 1993.
Myers has been a mainstay of the LMU coaching staff for two decades, as 2017 will mark her 22nd season with the LMU women's soccer program.
Myers has been a key part of the Lions' success, 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 2012, 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.
The 2015 season was a banner year for Myers, who led the Lions to a record-setting season, capped by an NCAA Sweet 16 berth and the first WCC Coach of the Year honor for the program. The Lions finished 15-6-1 overall and 7-2-0 in the WCC, good for second place. The team set a plethora of program records including total wins (15) and WCC wins (7), to go along with a perfect 10-0-0 record at Sullivan Field and the program's third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
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 resides in El Segundo.
Michelle Myers named Jessica White as Assistant Coach for the women's soccer program in June 2017. The fall 2017 season will be her first with the Lions.
White joins the staff after serving as the goalkeeper coach at University of La Verne and San Bernardino Valley College.
"Upon meeting Jessica, I was very impressed with her passion for the sport and for the coaching profession," said Myers. "Since graduating from UC Riverside she has actively pursued coaching opportunities at all levels and with both genders. Jessica is extremely competitive and hard-working which are two attributes that we want to instill in our players. She also sets very high standards for her players and challenges them daily to improve. I know she is going to be a great role model and mentor for our players."
White joins the Lions following a recent stint with her former college coach Nat Gonzalez at UC Riverside after working the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at University of La Verne and three years at San Bernardino Valley College.
Outside of the collegiate ranks, White has been coaching several teams from U13 through U18 for MGFM Soccer Club in Riverside, Calif. White, like both Myers and LMU Assistant Coach Joey Hoffman, has experience with the Olympic Development Program after working with Nevada ODP since 2016.
White played four years at UC Riverside, finishing her career ranked third for lowest goals against average in program history, and second in minutes played, wins, and shutouts.
Coming off the first NCAA Division II Final Four run in Mercy College history, Jonathan Feinstein has been hired as an assistant coach to the women's soccer program, Head Coach Michelle Myers announced Tuesday.
"When looking to fill this position, I had a good idea about the type of person and the qualifications that person needed to have in order for us to continue advancing our program," said Head Coach Michelle Myers. After speaking to Jonathan, I felt very confident that he was that person. Jonathan's success as a recruiter and a head coach is very impressive. The fact that he was able to get 10 players from Southern California to go to his small school in New York speaks to his unrelenting recruiting ability. Recruiting is the lifeline of your program, and it is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work, networking and desire. Jonathan understands that importance, has a great network of resources and is passionate about the hunt. I have no doubt that with Jonathan's expertise as our recruiting coordinator we will bring in some very talented recruiting classes."
A Head Coach in his own right at Mercy College since 2009, Feinstein was named Regional Coach of the Year in 2017, first-ever back-to-back winner of the East Coast Conference Coach of the Year Award, and has two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances with the Mavericks.
"Jonathan's experience as a college head coach who transformed a small program into a regional and national success was another key factor in choosing him for this position," said Myers. "His ability to help players reach their full potential both on and off the field, along with developing a competitive team with a winning mindset is something we strive for here at LMU. I know he will push our players to become better every day. As a previous head coach, Jonathan also understands firsthand all the behind the scenes work involved in running a college soccer program and I look forward to his help in all of those aspects."
Prior to arriving at Mercy, he was the first assistant men's soccer coach at Division I Saint Peter's College from 2004-05, where he helped mentor three National Soccer Coaches Association of America (to) Regional All-Americans. Feinstein recruited many of the players who received a bid into the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2006. Before his tenure with the Peacocks, Feinstein was the first-ever men's soccer graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Manhattanville College, from 2003-04, after a standout career in which he earned a pair of All-Conference honors. He also served there as the interim head coach in 2003, and helped lead the Valiants to a pair of Skyline Conference Tournament appearances."
I am really excited to be here at LMU and thankful for the opportunity that Bill, Maria, and Michelle have given me," said Feinstein. "I am ready to get started and focus on recruiting and the details necessary to help our program."
Feinstein is a 2003 graduate of Manhattanville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He then went on to receive his Master of Arts degree in liberal arts from Manhattanville in 2004 and holds a United States Soccer Federation National "A" Coaching License, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
"Anytime you can add someone to your program that you feel will not only help your players become better but also yourself and the rest of your staff, you found the right person," said Myers. "I am excited for the road ahead with Jonathan on staff."