In Dec. 2019, LMU Athletics has announced the selection of Jenny Bindon as the women's soccer program's sixth head coach. Bindon joins will lead the Lions following three seasons as an assistant coach for the nationally-ranked UCLA women's soccer team.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Jenny as our next Head Coach of LMU soccer," said Athletic Director Craig Pintens. "She has an incredible passion for the game of soccer, believes strongly in providing the best possible student-athlete experience, and has an outstanding plan to compete for championships."
Fresh off a College Cup run, Bindon has helped lead the Bruins to three NCAA Tournaments resulting in a national runner-up finish in 2017, quarterfinalists in 2018, and semifinalists in 2019.
"I am incredibly excited and grateful be appointed your new Head Coach and to lead the LMU women's soccer program," said Jenny Bindon. "I am grateful to Craig Pintens and Ashley Armstrong for entrusting me with this great responsibility and to be given this opportunity. I think Craig, Ashley and I have a similar vision for this program and strongly believe that our success will be built on empowering our athletes to be the best version of themselves on and off the soccer field. I know I am inheriting a program that has some very talented athletes and will embrace the challenge of bringing out our competitive greatness. I would also like to express my gratitude to UCLA and thank Dan Guerrero and Amanda Cromwell for their contribution to my coaching career."
Bindon represented New Zealand on the national team for 10 years, and her 77 career caps is the most by a goalkeeper, men's or women's, in New Zealand's history. She competed at the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, playing every minute at the 2012 Olympics to lead the Football Ferns to a program-best quarterfinal finish. Bindon also led New Zealand to runner-up finishes at the 2008 Peace Queen Cup and 2011 Cyprus Cup.
Following her distinguished playing career in which she played every minute of every FIFA Tournament in which she participated, Bindon moved into coaching. She served as the assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for the New Zealand Under-17 Women's National Team, and was the goalkeeper coach for the Under-20s and the full national team. In 2016, she co-coached the Takapuna senior men's team in the Northern League Second Division, a third-tier competition in the New Zealand club football pyramid, becoming just the second female to coach a men's team in the 52-year history of the Northern League competition. Bindon was also a head coach at the National Women's League level in 2014. In 2008, she served on the local organizing committee for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Bindon currently works with U.S. Soccer as a Youth National Team scout.
As a student-athlete at SIU-Edwardsville, Bindon played three sports – soccer, tennis and basketball – before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. She finished her collegiate playing career at Lewis University, where she played soccer and basketball. Bindon graduated from Lewis with a bachelor's degree in sports marketing and management and a minor in coaching and sociology.
As a three-sport student-athlete at the collegiate level, and experience on the biggest stages in women's soccer, Jenny brings a unique perspective as a Head Coach," added Pintens. "Thank you to Maria (Behm) and Ashley (Armstrong) for their leadership during this search. We welcome Jenny, her husband Grant, and son Tyler to the LMU family."
Grant Bindon is a former captain of the New Zealand men's volleyball team.
"To all past, current, and future Lions of LMU women's soccer, I am a very passionate about this role and excited to hit the ground running and hope to make an immediate impact. 'I can't wait to get started here on The Bluff. Let's Go Lions!"
Brewer joins the Lions in 2020 following nine seasons at Hawaii Pacific where she led the Sharks to over 70 wins as the longest tenured head coach in program history. The fall 2020 season is Brewer's first with LMU.
“I am very excited to have Gina Brewer on staff here at LMU,” said Head Coach Jenny Bindon. “Gina brings a ton of experience to our program at LMU. We are so fortunate the stars have aligned to get her here from the Pacific to the sunny bluff. Gina's work with US Soccer as a Scout and Coach Educator and her desire to be part of a new soccer family at LMU is an amazing opportunity for us all.”
Brewer came to Hawaii Pacific after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa from 2008-10. She was an assistant at Utah State University from 2006-to-2007 and a graduate assistant at the University of Idaho from 2003-to-2005.
During her playing days, Brewer was part of a very successful program at the University of Washington from 1998-2001, where the Huskies won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship and went to the NCAA Tournament three times while she was there.
Originally from Seattle, Wash., Brewer holds a Master’s of Education in Physical Education and Health from Idaho, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Communications from Washington.
“We share similar coaching philosophies as a staff,” added Bindon. “We want to instill elite, high-performance attitudes in these students that will have positive impacts on them for life, no matter what career path they choose. We want to welcome Gina to the program and look forward to the challenges we now face as we head into a year with a tank full of energy and enthusiasm to create lifelong Lions!”
Brewer is currently a US Soccer Coach Educator for the Grassroots, D, and C coaching licenses and is also a United States Soccer Youth National Team Scout. She currently holds her USSF “A” Coaching License.
Bindon’s staff is now complete with Assistant Coach Jessica White and Director of Operations Kevin Pineda remaining on staff.
The Lions will compete in multiple games this spring. LMU’s lone home match this spring will be on April 4th, as the team hosts UC Riverside at 1 p.m. on Sullivan Field. Away games include at Cal Baptist (Feb. 29), against UCLA in Westwood (Mar. 7), at Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 28), and at Long Beach State (Apr. 18).
Jessica White was named as Assistant Coach for the women's soccer program in June 2017. The fall 2020 season will be her fourth 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.
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Kevin Pineda joined the LMU women's soccer staff for the fall 2019 season, and is in his second season as a Director Of Operations in 2020.
Pineda joined LMU from a role as assistant coach for the Los Angeles Harbor College Women’s Soccer program from 2018-19. He was involved with the planning and design of in-season and preseason training sessions, implementing curriculum, recruiting and scheduling, among other responsibilities.
Pineda also is a Head Coach at Beach Soccer Club (Redondo Beach, CA) where he is involved with the Developmental Academy as well as the Youth side. Pineda is currently coaching Girls 2005, and Girls 2003.
At the high school level in Torrance, CA coached at Torrance High School from 2014-2017 coaching JV, and Varsity.
Pineda holds a national "B" coaching license from the USSF and is a member of United Soccer Coaches.