Scott Juniper has been the women's soccer head coach at UC Irvine since January 2006. In eight 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.
Coach Juniper has built the Anteater program into an annual contender that has taken out top-tier programs in the process such as BYU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Oregon State, Portland, and Long Beach State. Coach Juniper has led the Anteaters to a Big West Tournament berth in six of his seven seasons including each of the last five with two tournament final appearances in that span. It has also produced two All-Americans in Tanya Taylor, and two-time recipient CoCo Goodson.
Juniper, Goodson, and the ‘Eaters earned its second at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 after a 14-4-3 season where the squad secured its second straight Big West regular season title. For her efforts, Goodson was drafted 12th overall in the WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence. She has since played for FC Twente football club in the Netherlands before returning to the states and joined Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Juniper guided UCI to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2010 season after a marvelous 19-3-2 record in the regular season. The program captured the Big West regular season title becoming the first unbeaten and untied team in Big West play sporting an 8-0-0 record. Victories over Arizona State and Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament led them to the Sweet Sixteen before its run finally coming to an end in Anteater Stadium with a 1-0, double overtime loss to the University of Washington. 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 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.