Women's Soccer

John Cossaboon
John Cossaboon

Head Coach

After three seasons at the helm, SMU head coach John Cossaboon continues to pursue excellence and maintain the rich SMU soccer tradition. Last season, Cossaboon earned Conference USA Coach of the Years honors after guiding the Mustangs to their sixth consecutive league regular-season crown and fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. SMU recorded a 15-5-2 mark, earning votes in the final NSCAA poll.

The Mustangs earned their fourth straight (and sixth overall) WAC Tournament title in 2004 and posted a record of 15-4-3. SMU appeared in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament and entered the tournament ranked 22nd in the nation. Once again, the Mustangs dominated WAC postseason honors with Kimber Bailey named WAC Freshman of the Year and four first-team selections. Bailey also was selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-Central Region first team while sophomore Olivia O'Rear earned second-team honors.

Cossaboon made quite an impression in his first year after being named the fourth head coach of the SMU women's soccer program in early March, 2003. He led the Mustangs to a 17-3-2 record and their fifth WAC Tournament title. SMU's 17-3-2 record is the best mark set compared to his three predecessors in their first year as head coach. The Mustangs also garnered five All-WAC first teamers as well as a Freshman of the Year honor. Kim Harvey was SMU's representative on the NSCAA All-Central Region first team and was also named to the NSCAA/adidas and CoSIDA Academic All-America first teams.

During his six-year tenure at San Diego, Cossaboon guided the Toreros to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-2002) while compiling an overall record of 73-43-6 (.598 winning percentage). Since inheriting the program in 1997, Cossaboon and the Toreros averaged 13 wins per season, totaling a 25-15-2 record in the West Coast Conference.

Prior to San Diego, Cossaboon served as the women's head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to UCSB, Cossaboon gained international head coaching experience as one of very few Americans to coach abroad professionally in Japan's women's professional league from 1993 through the beginning of 1995. Before his stint in Japan, Cossaboon's coaching experiences included the following positions: top assistant coach for the men's program at Santa Clara (1992-1993), the head men's coach at Cal State Hayward (1991) and assistant coaching jobs at Duke (1978-82) and the North Carolina (1977).

A native of New York, Cossaboon served as the Director of Coaching for the North Texas State Soccer Association from 1982-90, directing and training Olympic Development players and designing and implementing the state's coaching education program. With a United States Soccer Federation "A" License, he has been a National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was a National Staff Coach for the USSF.

A 1977 graduate of State University of New York-Cortland, Cossaboon earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports psychology and exercise physiology. During his senior year at Cortland, he garnered first team All-Conference honors as a center midfielder.

Cossaboon earned his master of arts degree in physical education in 1978 from the University of North Carolina with emphasis in exercise physiology, coaching, biomechanics and psychology. He received his Intermediate Level Coaching Certificate from the Brazilian Football Academy in Rio de Janeiro. Additionally, he has authored five soccer publications, has studied soccer techniques in Brazil, Belgium and Holland, and has taught Martial Arts and Self-Defense for Women classes.

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