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After leading Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the NCAA Tournament twice in the past three years, Roberto Mazza begins his first season at the head coach of the ULM women's soccer team.
"You don't have to look too hard to see the success that Roberto had at Arkansas-Pine Bluff," Staub said. "Reaching the NCAA Tournament is not an easy task and to reach the tournament in two of the last three years is a true testament to his coaching abilities. Roberto not only recruited student-athletes that helped them win championships on the field, but he also brought in young women that were extremely successful in the classroom. We are excited about the future of ULM soccer under his leadership."
"This is a fantastic opportunity that ULM has given to me," Mazza said. "I'm ready to get to work and make a big difference with this program. A lot of the success we had at Arkansas-Pine Bluff can be contributed to the hard work of our players and making them believe it was possible. At the end of the day, it's a matter of believing, putting in the work to accomplish your goals, and getting the job done."
Mazza led the Lady Lions to a 16-5-1 record this past season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas-Pine Bluff rolled through its Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule with a perfect 9-0 record. UAPB outscored its SWAC opponents 26-2 during the regular season and 8-0 in three conference tournament victories.
The Lady Lions drew No. 5 Oklahoma State in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and had the Cowgirls on their heels at the break. UAPB scored in the 31st minute of the opening half to go into halftime trailing by just one, 2-1, before Oklahoma State pulled away in the second half.
UAPB swept the SWAC postseason awards this past season as Silvia Fuentes was named Offensive Player of the Year and Erika Forbes was named Defensive Player of the Year - both players earned their respective awards for the second straight season - while Meaghan Storie claimed Freshman of the Year honors. All told, seven UAPB players were named either first or second team All-SWAC.
The results speak for themselves during Mazza's tenure at UAPB- Overall Record 48-27-12; Team Ranked 62 in the Country according to Top Drawer Soccer; two time SWAC Coach of the year; four conference tournament appearances (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); three conference Player of the Year selections; two Freshman of the Year selection; nine First Team All-Conference selections; nine Second Team All-Conference selections; 27 Conference Players of the Week’s; three Conference Offensive players of the Year selection; one NCAA National Statistical Champion for Goals Per Game selection; one NCAA National Statistical Champion for Points Per Game selection; two NCAA National Statistical Champion for Assists Per Game selection; one NCAA National Statistical Champion for Total Assists in a Season; six First Team Conference Tournament selections; two Second Team Conference Tournament Team selection; two MVP Conference Tournament Team selection; two Western Division Title (2010, 2001), and two Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship (2009, 2011). Two National Tournament Appearances in the last three years.
In the classroom, Mazza's team is one of the top academic groups in the SWAC. They have recorded a 3.42 cumulative GPA since he has taken over the program.
Mazza was also involved with the Arkansas State Soccer Association as he served as the head coach for the under 14 girls Olympic Development Program team for three years.
Mazza earned his bachelor's degree in business administration at Tiffin University in 2006 after transferring from Francis Marion University. He has also completed his Masters of Business Administration in 2011. Mazza was voted a team captain on the nationally-ranked Tiffin soccer team.
Born and raised in Windsor, Canada, Mazza brings international experience to the program after playing in two prestigious Youth World Cups in Denmark and Sweden.
Mazza holds USSF and NSCAA coaching Licenses.
Chris McNaughton joins the ULM soccer program as an assistant coach following four seasons as an assistant at UALR. McNaughton brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to the ULM program.
McNaughton also brings a familiarity with the Sun Belt Conference as he spent four seasons (2009-12) as an assistant coach at UALR and helped the team to an appearance in the 2009 Sun Belt Tournament, where the Trojans advanced to the championship match after knocking off No. 1-seeded FIU in the opening round and North Texas in the semifinals.
Prior to joining the UALR staff, McNaughton compiled a 34-19-3 overall record in three seasons as the head coach at Lyon College, a NAIA program in Batesville, Ark. McNaughton inherited a program that combined for an 8-39 record prior to his arrival and he guided the team to a 13-6 record in his first season as head coach. The 2006 team recorded the program's first postseason victory with a win in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament and earned an at-large bid to the Region XI Tournament for the first time in school history.
McNaughton led Lyon College to a second straight winning season in 2007 before losing to eventual NAIA national champion Martin Methodist College in the semifinals of the TranSouth Athletic Tournament. The next season, the Pipers put together a 12-5-2 record and tied for second in the conference with a 4-1-1 mark - the highest finish in the program's history. The Pipers once again advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament and received votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll for eight of the last nine weeks of the season.
In all, 15 players were named either first or second team TransSouth All-Conference and nine players were named TransSouth Conference Scholar Athletes during McNaughton's three seasons at Lyon.
McNaughton started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Ottawa (Kan.) University from 2002-05. In his four seasons at Ottawa, McNaughton helped lead the women's soccer team to three consecutive KCAC postseason tournament championships (2002-04) and three straight KCAC regular-season titles (2003-05). The Lady Braves made four consecutive NAIA Region IV appearances, while the men's program won the 2004 KCAC postseason tournament title on its way to its first Region IV Tournament appearance in school history.
McNaughton was a five-time NAIA Academic All-American at Ottawa University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration and minor in management information systems in 2002. He went on to earn his master's degree in business administration from Ottawa University in 2004.
After starting at Missouri Valley College, McNaughton went on to earn KCAC All-Conference honors during his playing career at Ottawa University (1999-01). While in high school, he earned all-state, all-district and all-conference honors at Harrisonville (Mo.).
McNaughton obtained his USSF "B" License in coaching education in January of 2011, his Premier Diploma from the NSCAA in January of 2009 and the National Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA in March of 2007.