February 10, 1999
BERKELEY - Former Golden Bear star Todd Higley was named assistant coach of the California men's soccer team, announced today by Cal head coach Mark Mallon.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Todd, " said Mallon. "He has a history with the Cal program and understands the dynamics of being a student-athlete at Berkeley.
"Todd is a top level player with a great understanding of the game. He relates well with the players and brings enthusiasm and positive energy to our program."
Higley was a midfielder for the Bears from 1992-95 and was team captain on the 1994 and 1995 squads. He concluded his four-year career with the Bears in 1995 as an All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree and Cal's Defensive MVP. As a youth, Higley was a member of the Olympic Development Program national U-17 pool and played for the U14-U17 regional teams.
A native of Danville, Calif., Higley has spent six seasons playing semi-professional soccer since graduating from Cal. In 1998, Higley trained with the San Jose Clash (MLS), while competing for the second-consecutive season with the Chico Rooks (USISL). Overall, Higley has spent seven seasons playing on four different USISL teams: Chico Rooks (2), San Francisco Seals (3), San Cruz Surf (1) and North Bay Breakers (1).
Higley's soccer coaching experience includes most recently in 1998 as the head coach of the Under-17 Walnut Creek Bashers. He also has four years of head coaching experiencing at the high school level - three at Berkeley High School (1996-98) and one at his alma mater Monte Vista High School (1994).