June 15, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - After spending two seasons as an assistant coach under Joe Mallia, John Byford has been named the head women's soccer coach at Loyola College. Mallia leaves arguably the best program in Loyola history in Byford's hands to become the assistant head coach at UCLA.
"First of all, I wish Joe Mallia the best of luck in his new position," Byford said. "To me, he is Loyola women's soccer and I have some big shoes to fill. It has been a pleasure working for him over the past two years."
"I'm incredibly excited John's going to have this opportunity," Mallia said. "We worked together for two years and he has had experience in every facet of our program and will provide for a great transition for the players. I've enjoyed working with him the last two years and look forward to watching his success as the next head coach."
Byford has worked with the Greyhounds the past two seasons in which they have won two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and participated in to NCAA College Cups. This past season in particular, Loyola outscored conference opponents by a 26-1 margin, while breaking school records for most wins (16), highest winning percentage (.800), most points (160) and goals (59) in a single year. In addition to his time at Loyola, he has also worked with the Maryland ODP program.
"I am excited to take over such a great program and I will do my best to push the program even further," Byford said.
"We are extremely excited about John coaching us this fall," said Loyola's leading scorer Ali Andrzejewski. "I had the experience to spend time with him in individual training sessions and he knows his stuff. We are happy our new head coach has been a part of our program already. It makes for an easy transition for us and he will do a wonderful job."
Byford came to the Evergreen Campus with several years of successful coaching experience under his belt, including a two-year stint as the head women's soccer coach at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
After his work at St. Joe's, Byford worked as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Mandeville Soccer Club in Mandeville, La. There he was responsible for coaching education of recreational level and travel team coaches. He also set curriculums for different age and ability levels of players, wrote articles for the club newsletter and evaluated the players and coaches involved in the Mandeville Club.
Byford also worked as a head coach for the Region 1 ODP U-13 Girls team from 2000-02. He was an assistant coach of the squad in previous year to earning the head position. He also worked as a staff coach for the Region 1 girls ODP squad for the seven years as well as the Eastern Pennsylvania Girls ODP from 1996-2001. His team won the ODP national championship in 2002 and the regional championship in 1998 and 2001.
Byford began his coaching career at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pa. where he was the assistant coach of the 1993 state championship team. In 1994, Byford was named the head coach at Delaware Valley College in the first year of the programs history as a varsity sport. Byford moved on to Villanova University from 1995-97 where he was an assistant women's coach and to Kutztown University from 1997-98 to work with the men's program. Byford then went on to lead the Downingtown High School girl's soccer team to the league and district championship and to the state playoffs for the first time in school history in 1998.
"I thank Mr. Boylan and the athletic department for this great opportunity," Byford said.
"Over the past two years, John Byford has worked closely with Joe Mallia to build our women's soccer program into one of the region's best, and we're fortunate to have someone with his knowledge of Loyola women's soccer," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "He understands the student-athletes and will serve them well as head coach."
Byford will officially assume the position July 1,2005.