Scott Juniper has been the women's soccer head coach at UC Irvine since January 2006. In five seasons at the helm, Juniper put the Anteaters on the national map, leading the program to a historic 19-3-2 season and reaching NCAA Tournament for the first time in history in 2010 and returning for a second straight year in 2011 after a 16-win season.
The women's soccer club won its second consecutive Big West regular season title leading to an at-large berth into the field of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. A heart-breaking first-round loss in penalty kicks would end UCI's promising run, but Coach Juniper, currently with 73 wins in his six seasons at UCI, has built the Anteater program into an annual contender that has taken out top-tier programs such as Texas A&M and Portland.
Juniper guided UCI to the Sweet Sixteen with victories over Arizona State and Wake Forest, before losing 1-0 in double overtime to the University of Washington at Anteater Stadium. The 2010 team also captured the Big West regular-season title with a record of 8-0-0, the first time that a team has ever been unbeaten and untied in Big West Conference play.The women's soccer team concluded the season ranked No. 14 in the nation and second in California (NSCAA). For his efforts, Juniper was recognized as the 2010 Big West Coach of the Year and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year.In the last four years, Juniper has compiled an overall record of 50-26-8.
The 2010 season saw four players named to the Big West first team and the Anteaters came away the majority of conference's awards. Danielle de Seriere was named the Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, Coco Goodson garnered Defender of the Year recognition and Tanya Taylor was voted the Offensive Player of the Year. UCI also had four all-region honorees, two of whom were also named All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and the program's first ever Women's Professional Soccer league draft pick as Tanya Taylor was selected by the Boston Breakers.
In 2009, Juniper's Anteaters reached the Big West
Tournament going 12-7-2 overall and 4-3-1 in Big West play
finishing in a tie for fourth place. In Juniper's first season, he
led UCI to an 11-7-2 record overall and a 5-2-1 record in the Big
West. That season the 'Eaters finished third in the Big West to
qualify for the Big West Conference Tournament. In 2006, Juniper
was hired as an assistant coach at UCI under April Heinrichs.
Prior to joining the Anteater program, Juniper was an assistant coach for the UC Riverside men's soccer program for three seasons from 2003-05 and an assistant coach at the University of Bristol (England) from 1998 - 2002. Juniper earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Bristol (England) in 1998 and went on to receive his Master's in sport and exercise science from the University of Bath (England) in 2002. His Master's thesis investigated group dynamics of elite soccer. Juniper's research was published by the English F.A. Coaches Association Journal in 2003 and "The Sport Psychologist" in 2006. His research, which was based on work with collegiate soccer programs in the U.S. and professional soccer academies in England, highlighted key elements of effective teams. Coach Juniper has delivered presentations on building effective teams to a number of organizations.
As a collegiate soccer player in England at the University of Bristol, Juniper was named both Freshman and Player of the Year in 1996 and was the leading scorer in 1996 and 1998. During that time, Juniper represented England Universities at the regional level. In 1995, he captained the Colchester Sixth Form College to a high school national title and in 2001 he was part of the National Championship winning team at the University of Bath. He also played for a number of semi-professional teams in England. Juniper holds the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license, UEFA "B" license, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Goalkeeper license, and a Speed, Agility and Quickness trainer accreditation. He is also on the Cal South coach education staff, coaches with the Cal South and Region IV Olympic Development programs in addition to local clubs and community programs.
Juniper, S. W. & Mellalieu, S. D. (2003). The Impact of Role States on Team Effectiveness. INSIGHT - The Football Association Coaches Association Journal, 4, Vol. 6, 59-61.
Mellalieu, S. D., & Juniper, S.W. (2006). A Qualitative Investigation into Experiences of the Role Episode in Soccer. The Sport Psychologist, 20, 399-418.