|College:||Cal State Los Angeles '94|
|Position:||Head Coach (6th Season)|
Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin enters his sixth season in charge of the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer program, having turned around a fledgling program and establishing the Titans as an up-and-coming competitor in the national spotlight.
After spending four seasons as an assistant coach under former head coach Al Mistri, Khosroshahin was hired as the women's soccer program's first full-time head coach in March of 2001, first in an interim capacity before being named to the job on a permanent basis later that year in November.
What he has accomplished in his first five years is nothing short of astounding. Khosroshahin has twice been named the Big West Conference's Coach of the Year and has led the Titans to three regular-season league championships, including the school's first two NCAA Tournament berths in 2001 and 2005 - the latter ending in the third round as Fullerton advanced farther in the NCAA Tournament than any other Big West school in the history of the conference.
In his first five seasons, Khosroshahin and the Titans have won 66 percent of their contests and have posted as many wins in that span (64) as in the previous eight years of the program. In addition, the 30 victories in Big West play are almost twice as many as in the program earned in the first five years of conference action.
He has also been among the region's top coaches as he has twice finished runner-up in the voting for West Region Coach of the Year as voted on by Soccer Buzz.
Khosroshahin's impact was immediately felt upon his hiring as the Titans finished 13-7 overall in 2001 and 8-1 in Big West play (a five-match improvement in the win column from the 2000 season) to earn the school's first-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament.
His second season saw a dramatic upgrade in strength of schedule, facing three top-20 squads during the year, resulting in another 10-win season, posting a 12-5-1 record and a third place finish.
The 2003 season may have looked below average on paper, but Khosroshahin's aggressive scheduling (featuring six matches against top 25 opponents) established the Titans as an up-and-comer on the national scene, finishing with a 9-8-2 record, a win over No. 13 Clemson and a pair of ties against No. 13 Santa Clara and No. 19 Cal Poly.
In 2004, he guided the Titans' to their third regular season Big West Conference title with a 7-1-1 record, including tying a school record with seven consecutive victories and earning a berth into the conference tournament.
Perhaps the crowning achievement of his brief career came in 2005 as he guided Cal State Fullerton to a school-record 19 victories and its third conference title with a 6-1 mark. Winners of 10 consecutive matches at one point in the season, the Titans also clinched the league's tournament championship and became the first Big West school to host an NCAA women's soccer tournament match.
Victories over UNLV and No. 24 USC in the first two rounds propelled Cal State Fullerton further in the NCAA Tournament than any school in the history of the conference before No. 6 Virginia ended the Titans' season with a 2-1 win in Charlottesville.
Under his tutelage, 39 players have been named to All-Big West Conference squads, including 21 first-team honorees, seven players earning individual accolades from the conference, 11 players named to various All-West Region teams, and the program's first two All-Americans: Karen Bardsley in 2002 (Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz) and Marlene Sandoval in 2005 (Soccer Buzz and National Soccer Coaches Association of America).
Khosroshahin is also an accomplished recruiter, bringing in two recruiting classes ranked in the top 50 nationally and in the top 10 in the West Region according to Soccer Buzz. Three of his recruiting classes have also been ranked the best among Big West schools.
No stranger to the coaching ranks, Khosroshahin has a wide range of experience from club to international matches in his young career.
He began in 1992 as the head coach of the boys varsity team at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, where he earned Century League Coach of the Year honors in 1993. He moved on to San Marino High School in 1994, spending one season as the girls varsity head coach until 1995.
Khosroshahin broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1994, serving as a graduate assistant for the men's soccer team at his alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles. That season, Khosroshahin helped lead the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Division II men's soccer playoffs and, in 1995, was hired as a permanent assistant coach, a position he held until 1997. He returned to the Titan soccer program in 1997 and helped lead the Cal State Fullerton men's team to the 1998 and the 2000 NCAA Division I men's soccer playoffs.
Internationally, Khosroshahin has been active, serving as an assistant coach for the Mexican women's national team during the 1999 Women's World Cup and as a head coach and scout for the U.S. Olympic Development Program.
Most recently, Khosroshahin was named to the coaching staff of the U-19 Mexican Women's National Program in the summer of 2004 and the U-20 squad in 2005. He also assisted Head Coach Leonardo Cuellar with the Mexican National Team and its preparations for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
In 1999, Khosroshahin had the opportunity to assist Cuellar with the U.S. women's national team during the U.S. Women's Indoor Soccer Victory Tour following their 1999 Women's World Cup title. Khosroshahin also had the opportunity to coach the U.S. National Team during a match in Tacoma, Wash.
Khosroshahin has coached numerous club teams at various age levels while also participating in numerous soccer camps. One of his club teams, the Upland Celtics (girls U-13), won the Far West Regional title in the summer of 1998.
Khosroshahin, was a two-year letterwinner under Mistri from 1989-91 for the Cal State Fullerton men's team before transfering to Cal State Los Angeles to finish the final two years of his collegiate career. Aside from his college playing experience, Khosroshahin spent two years (1994-96) with the semi-pro Standard Falcons in the USISL and the Valley Eagles in 1997.
He earned his "C" coaching license from the US Soccer Federation in 1998 and received his "B" coaching license in 2001. During the summer of 2002, Khosroshahin earned his "A" coaching license from the US Soccer Federation.
In the summer of 2003, he was a guest lecturer at the Pan American Organization's Continental Course in Women's Soccer hosted by the Honduran Olympic Committee in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Khosroshahin graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing management. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in sports psychology at Cal State Fullerton. Fluent in Farsi, Khosroshahin currently resides in Diamond Bar, Calif.