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Paul Ratcliffe

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11th Season

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Paul Ratcliffe is the most successful coach in more than 100 years of Stanford soccer, among men or women.

In 2012, Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season, after leading the Cardinal to its fourth consecutive conference title, and fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup.

In 2011, he led Stanford to its first NCAA women's soccer championship, a third consecutive NCAA final.

Four of his former players competed in the 2012 London Olympics and six appeared in the 2011 World Cup -- no other school could claim as many players in either competition as Stanford. And the Cardinal has claimed four different national players of the year, including three consecutive Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy winners.

In 2011, Ratcliffe earned his third NSCAA National Coach of the Year honor, and fourth consecutive Pacific Region Coach of the Year award.

Ratcliffe, who has never failed to direct the Cardinal to the NCAA tournament, now is Stanford's winningest soccer coach, with a 179-37-20 record on The Farm. Ratcliffe has more victories than any other coach in Stanford men's or women's soccer history. The men's soccer program began in 1911 and the women's in 1984. He also is the most successful in the postseason, with a 28-8-2 record in NCAA playoff action.

From 2008-12, the Cardinal went 116-6-5 overall and 65-0-2 at home. Entering the 2012 season, Stanford had a 62-match regular-season unbeaten streak, a 54-match home unbeaten streak, and a 31-match conference winning streak. That Pac-12 streak is now up to 42 and is the third-longest conference winning streak in Division I history.

Just as impressive is the level of talent that has come through the program, headlined by these national players of the year: Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy winners Teresa Noyola (2011), Christen Press (2010) and Kelley O'Hara (2009), and 2011 Soccer America Player of the Year Lindsay Taylor.

Ratcliffe heads into his 11th season at Stanford, which makes him the longest-tenured head coach in program history. Ratcliffe has never had a losing season at Stanford, or anywhere else since his first collegiate head-coaching season, at Saint Mary's in 1998.

His career record is 234-71-27 and his winning percentage of .745, ranks ninth all-time among coaches with at least 10 years of NCAA Division I head-coaching experience.

At Stanford, Ratcliffe has coachedeight first-team NSCAA All-Americans (15 in all), 27 all-conference players, 53 Pac-10 All-Academic selections and four Olympians.

In 2012, three players received All-America honors. Five were first-team All-Pac-12 with seven receiving all-conference honors in all, and 11 made the Pac-12 All-Academic team. Mariah Nogueira became the fourth consecutive player and fifth in six years to win the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for women's soccer.

In addition, Ratcliffe has coached six players active on full national teams.

Stanford has proven to be a complete team under Ratcliffe, consistently among the nation's top scoring teams and among the best defensively. In Ratcliffe's 10 seasons, Stanford has a combined goals-against average of 0.55, a figure that in itself would be among the best in any given season.

Before arriving at Stanford, Ratcliffe spent five seasons as head coach at Saint Mary's, leading the Gaels to a 55-34-7 overall record. He was a three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. In 2001, he earned West Region Coach of the Year honors when the Gaels - with only one senior in the starting lineup - reached their highest-ever national ranking of No. 7, had a 13-game win streak and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Before coming to Moraga, Ratcliffe was an assistant at his alma mater, UCLA, from 1994-97. The Bruins posted an undefeated 1997 season, won the Pac-10 title and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Ratcliffe also served as UCLA's interim head coach from January through August of 1996.

Ratcliffe earned his National "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation in 1999. A 1994 UCLA graduate, Ratcliffe earned his degree in sociology with a specialization in business administration. Ratcliffe, a midfielder, was a four-year letterman, scoring 30 points in 73 matches, and was a member of the 1990 national championship team.

Ratcliffe was born in England and raised in Calabasas, Calif. He went on to play professionally for the Los Angeles United and Anaheim Splash of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in 1993 and 1994.

Ratcliffe and his wife, Amy, live at Stanford and have two daughters, Elena and Chloe.

Ratcliffe's Record Year-By-Year

Year School Record Conference Postseason
1998 Saint Mary's 6-12-0 3-4-0 --
1999 Saint Mary's 13-4-1 5-2-0 --
2000 Saint Mary's 12-6-2 5-2-0 --
2001 Saint Mary's 15-3-2 5-2-0 NCAA Second Round
2002 Saint Mary's 9-9-2 3-3-1 --
2003 Stanford 10-9-2 5-3-1 NCAA First Round
2004 Stanford 13-6-3 4-3-2 NCAA Second Round
2005 Stanford 10-7-3 4-3-2 NCAA First Round
2006 Stanford 15-6-2 6-2-1 NCAA Third Round
2007 Stanford 15-3-5 5-1-3 NCAA Third Round
2008 Stanford 22-2-1 8-1-0 NCAA Semifinals
2009 Stanford 25-1-0 9-0-0 NCAA Final
2010 Stanford 23-1-2 9-0-0 NCAA Final
2011 Stanford 25-0-1 11-0-0 NCAA champions
2012 Stanford 21-2-1 11-0-0 NCAA Semifinals
Totals 15 Seasons 234-71-27 93-26-10 11 NCAA Appearances

Ratcliffe's Honors

  • 1999 WCC Coach of the Year
  • 2000 WCC Coach of the Year
  • 2001 WCC Coach of the Year
  • 2008 NSCAA National Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Soccer America National Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Soccer Buzz National Coach of the Year
  • 2008 NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • 2009 NSCAA National Coach of the Year
  • 2009 CaptainU National Coach of the Year
  • 2009 NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year
  • 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • 2010 NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • 2011 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
  • 2011 NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year
  • 2011 NSCAA National Coach of the Year
  • 2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
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