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John Byford begins his second season as the head women's soccer coach at Loyola College. Prior to taking over the head position he, spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Greyhounds.
In Byford's first season at the helm, Loyola finished with a 15-5 overall record and an undefeated mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 9-0. That record gave Loyola the regular season MAAC title. The Greyhounds were ranked by Soccer Buzz as high as fifth regionally during Byford's first season. The Greyhounds took home two individual honors from the MAAC in Byford's first season. Ali Andrzejewski earned the conference's Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season while freshman Sarra Moller was named the Defensive Player of the Year, making her the third straight Greyhound to receive the honor. In addition to Andrzejewski and Moller, three other Greyhounds received first-team All-MAAC honors and four more earned a spot on the second team. Andrzejewski and Moller also earned regional honors earning first-team and third-team all-Mid-Atlantic, respectively. Five members of Byford's first squad earned spots on the conference's all-academic team while Andrzejewski was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team.
Byford worked with the Greyhounds in 2003 and 2004 as an assistant coach. During that time, they won two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and participated in two NCAA College Cups. During the 2003 season, 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 further," Byford said.
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 the previous year to earning the head position. He also worked as a staff coach for the Region 1 girls ODP squad for 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 program's 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.
"As an assistant, John Byford 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 serves them well as head coach."
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