Khosroshahin to lead USC women's soccer team

Updated: December 26, 2006, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Ali Khosroshahin, who led Cal State Fullerton to three NCAA tournament appearances, has been tapped as head coach of the USC women's soccer team.

Khosroshahin, 36, had winning seasons in each of his six years with Cal State Fullerton after taking over its fledgling program, Trojan's athletic director Mike Garrett said Tuesday in a statement.

Khosroshahin replaces Jim Millinder, whose contract was not renewed last month after 11 years as the women's head coach.

The USC women's soccer program began in 1993. The team has appeared in eight NCAA tourneys and won the 1998 Pac-10 title. It was 11-5-5 this year and placed fifth in the Pac-10, losing in the NCAA second round.

Khosroshahin broke into the collegiate ranks in 1994, serving as a graduate assistant with the men's team at his alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles.

He has coached at the international level and was an assistant with Mexico during the 1998 Women's World Cup. He also helped the Mexican women's team prepare for the 2004 Olympics.

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