Jan. 15, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Joe Mallia, Loyola's head women's soccer coach, will assist the Under-21 Women's National Soccer Team for the second consecutive year. Mallia was selected by National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli, and will serve as goalkeeper coach for some of the nation's best soccer athletes.
"This is a great opportunity to work with the best players in the country," says Mallia. "It's also an opportunity to work with one of the best coaches and that will help me with my development as a coach."
Mallia has headed Loyola's women's soccer program for six seasons and has won the last five regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships. The Greyhounds have compiled a 71-41-9 overall record in Mallia's six seasons and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years.
"This national recognition only confirms what we at Loyola have known for quite some time," says Loyola Athletics Director Joe Boylan. "Joe Mallia is one of the top women's soccer coaches in the country. His integrity and focus in developing true student-athletes on the field and in the classroom is what makes him one of the very best."
The National Team will make trips to China, Brazil and Iceland while working out at the brand new U.S. National Training Facility in Carson, Calif. Mallia traveled to Carson last June, when the National Team became one of the first programs to utilize the new facility.
"When I was given the opportunity last year, I was ecstatic," says Mallia. "After spending some time and working with the team, I was ecstatic about the possibility of coming back. I was very happy to get the call last month."
Petrucelli, who worked with Mallia last year at Carson, got to know Mallia's skills as a goalkeeper at Old Dominion. Now the head coach of Texas' women's soccer team, Petrucelli served as an assistant with the Monarchs when Mallia set school records in career saves and shutouts.
Mallia will depart for the U.S. National Training Facility at the end of this month and return in early February.