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 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.
Assistant CoachMatt Kagan
Matt Kagan, a former assistant at Providence College and the University of Miami, joined the LMU women's soccer staff as an assistant coach in April 2014.
"We are very excited to have Matt join our program here at LMU," said Head Coach Michelle Myers. "In talking to Matt and several other colleagues that know him, I knew he would be a perfect fit for our ideals as a program, department and university. He is a big believer in helping athletes develop not only on the soccer field but also in the classroom and in their daily lives as young people.
"He is known for his work ethic as a recruiter and is well respected by coaches at various levels and areas of the game, Myers added. "Matt will be assisting in all facets of the program and I look forward to adding his coaching expertise and energy to our staff."
Kagan comes to LMU from Providence College where he served as an assistant coach for the 2013 season. He took over interim head coaching duties in January of 2014 until accepting the position with the Lions. At Providence, Kagan helped compose a recruiting class that ranked #20 in the nation by AllWhiteKit.com. He also oversaw the academics for a Friars' side that earned a 2013 NSCAA Team Academic Award with a GPA of 3.25.
Kagan spent two seasons at the University of Miami as an assistant coach where he recruited a pair of top 20 ranked recruiting classes. The Hurricanes finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 9-7-2 and qualified for the ACC Tournament for the first time in five years. In addition, Miami reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Prior to his stint at Miami, Kagan spent three seasons serving as an assistant coach for the University of Evansville women's soccer team. Known for his recruiting, Kagan recruited Canadian National Team Captain Vanessa Legault-Cordisco to the Purple Aces in 2010. Legault-Cordisco was the first national team player to sign with Evansville.
Prior to Evansville, Kagan directed Worcester State to three-consecutive Division III NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach, and an overall record of 45-15-3 from 2005 through 2007.
In 2007, he led the Lancers to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and a final national ranking of No. 21 in the NSCAA poll. While at Worcester, Kagan helped develop 19 all-conference players, including a 2007 D3Kicks.com All-American. He was also chosen as the 2005 Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Coach of the Year.
Kagan is a 2003 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where his team advanced the NCAA Tournament Championship Game and was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team in 2002. He spent one season as assistant coach at Assumption College before taking over the Worcester State program in 2005.
A familiar face returned to the LMU women's soccer program as former Lion Joslyn (Slovek) Shoop rejoined the Lion coaching staff as an assistant coach at the beginning of the 2009 season. Slovek, a two-time First Team All-West Coast Conference goalkeeper, has assumed goalkeeper coaching duties as well as assisting in all other areas of the program.
Shoop was one of the best goalkeepers to ever come through LMU and holds the top-two single-season goals-against-averages in program history. A three-year starter, Shoop made 64 appearances in the LMU uniform, finishing her career with a 0.89 GAA, 30 wins, and 28 shutouts, all three of which rank second on the career charts. In her first season as a starter, 2005, Shoop recorded eight shutouts with a 1.27 GAA. The next year, she helped lead the Lions to their second-ever postseason appearance, registering 84 saves, 8.5 shutouts, and a new school-record GAA of 0.70. Her performances earned her the WCC Defender of the Year award as well as first team All-WCC honors. In January 2007, she was invited to the US Under-21 National Team training camp. Back at school in 2007, she capped her career by tying the school record with 12 victories, 10 via shutout, adding 71 saves and a 0.72 GAA, and was again a First Team All-Conference selection while serving as team co-captain.
Shoop was just as impressive off the field as she was on it. A Dean's List student each of her four years, Shoop was the 2007 LMU Scholar Athlete of the Year and was twice named to the WCC All-Academic Team. She was also selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Team in each of her last two seasons and was chosen for the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third Team as a senior. She graduated in 2008 with a degree in business administration and will complete her masters in education in the fall of 2011.
After graduation, Shoop played in the W-League for the Ventura County Fusion and was invited to the Women's Professional Soccer combine in January 2009. She was selected to attend training camp for the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride, gaining a roster spot for the team's May 24th game against the L.A. Sol. In 2009, she led Pali Blues to an undefeated 9-0-3 season and the W-League title.
Shoop holds a national C coaching license. She recently worked as the girls' goalkeeper coach for the Cal South ODP program.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joey Hoffman joined the LMU women's soccer coaching staff in the Fall of 2012 as a volunteer assistant coach.
Hoffman has been active in the Southern California club coaching ranks for 20+ years, along with many years of work in the Olympic Development Program.
He currently serves as the Fram Girls U11 and U14 Head Coach while also serving as a US Soccer Women's Youth National Team Scout U14-U17 since 2011.
Hoffman has also worked in the college ranks, serving as an assistant coach at Ventura College from 1998-2010.