Kevin Boyd, the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, enters his 10th season at the helm of the California women's soccer team as the winningest coach in the program's 24-year history. Under his direction, the Golden Bears have competed in seven NCAA Tournaments - including a school record of five straight from 1998-02 - and captured their first-ever Pac-10 championship in 1998.
Boyd boasts an overall record of 112-58-15 (.646) in nine seasons in Berkeley, for an average of over 12 wins per year. With a 1-0 double-overtime decision over Dartmouth on Sept. 9, 2005, Boyd earned his 100th-career victory. He owns 51 more wins than any of the five other head coaches who have led the Cal women's soccer team.
Last season, the Bears earned their 13th all-time NCAA Tournament selection and advanced to the third round for the first time since 1988. The Bears posted a 16-4-2 overall record and placed second in the Pac-10 with their best-ever conference record of 7-1-1, earning Boyd Cal's first Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolade in women's soccer.
Additionally in 2005, the program set a school record for lowest goals-against average in a season (0.475, seventh in nation) and tied Cal records for shutouts (14) and fewest goals allowed (11).
In 2000, Boyd coached Cal to the most wins in school history, as the Bears finished the year with a 17-3-1 record, a first-round NCAA Tournament bye and a final national ranking of No. 4 by Soccer America. In the Boyd era, Cal has consistently been regarded as one of the top teams in the country, holding a final ranking of No. 6 last season.
Several of Boyd's pupils have gone on to professional playing careers. Maite Zabala (2001-03) and Laura Schott (2003) competed in the WUSA, and in 2003, Carly Fuller became the first American woman to play professionally in China. Zabala, a 2004 member of Spain's Athletic Bilbao, emerged as Cal's career shutout leader (26.5) in 2000. Schott, a two-time All-American, developed into the school's all-time goal scorer (56) in 2002 after grabbing a share of the season goal record (23) in 2000.
Boyd's Cal teams have produced 25 first- or second-team All-Pac-10 selections, as well as 19 first- or second-team Pac-10 All-Academic choices. The 2003-04 Bears showcased the highest GPA (3.34) of Cal's 27 intercollegiate teams.
One of the veteran coaches of the Pac-10, Boyd, 38, possesses over 15 years of collegiate and youth coaching experience and holds USSF National "A" and NSCAA Premier coaching licenses. The Bears' recruiting classes have been tabbed in the top 15 nationally by Soccer Buzz for five of the last eight years.
Prior to being named head coach at Cal, Boyd worked the 1996 season as the program's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. As such, he played an instrumental role in landing what proved to be one of the nation's top recruiting classes that season. With Boyd on staff, the '96 Bears also returned to the national rankings for the first time in three years.
Since 1996, Boyd has also coached several Bay Area club teams. In 2002, he led the U18 Marin Rockers to the Cal North state title. He also coached the U17 Cal North state team.
Boyd began his coaching career with the Idaho Youth Soccer Association, where he served as a coach and club director from 1991-96. During that same period, he also managed the Idaho U18 State Select team, and in 1992, he founded the Les Bois United Soccer Club in Boise, Idaho.
As head coach and director of Les Bois for four years, he turned the club into an Idaho state youth soccer powerhouse, winning a remarkable 22 state titles during his tenure.
In 1994, Boyd became involved with the Region IV Olympic Development Program, and from 1994-97, he coached three separate regional teams, in three different age groups, to the ODP national tournament.
An excellent player in his own right, Boyd's resume boasts extensive playing experience at both the professional and collegiate levels. He began his college career in 1987 at Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-time All-District, All-Area and All-MICL selection as a sweeper. A three-time Trojan team captain, Boyd was selected to the NAIA honorable mention All-America team as a senior in 1990 and was later inducted into the Tri-State Hall of Fame.
Boyd's playing career also includes a brief stint in 1990 with Hamar Kameratena of the Norwegian Elite (first division) and three years (1991-93) as a member of the Region IV Men's Select team.
He currently resides in El Sobrante.