Head Coach, UC Irvine Women's Soccer
Scott Juniper is the current head coach of the UC Irvine women's soccer team. Entering his 13th season with the Anteaters—12 as a head coach—Juniper has displayed his impressive ability to develop players and transform that into successful teams.
In his first 11 seasons at the helm, the Anteaters' program has earned three Big West regular season championship titles and two at-large berths to the NCAA tournament. Coach Juniper led the 2010 squad to a perfect Conference record, on the way to a program-best 19 wins—which included victories over teams like Wake Forest and Arizona St—and he earned Big West Coach of the Year honors (his first of two; the second coming in 2017). He also received the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year in 2010.
His 121 wins (and counting) are the most in school history. And the accolades earned from Coach Juniper's players are just as impressive—if not more so:
- 64 All-Big West honorees
- 19 All-West Region
- 9 Player of the Year awards (at their respective positions), and a Freshman of the Year
- 2 All-Americans (Tanya Taylor in 2010 and CoCo Goodson in 2010 and 2011).
- 12 Anteaters have played or are still playing in the professional ranks.
A native of Bath (Somerset County) in England, Juniper got his start coaching in America with the UC Riverside men's soccer team (2003-05), but it was his efforts and studying of the game of soccer while in England that really transformed him (and the game) into the brilliant mind/coach he is today.
Coach juniper earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Bristol (England) in 1998. From there, in 2002, he received a Master's degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Bath (England)—where his focus centered around the "group" or team dynamics, focusing on the ones that were successful. The English F.A. Coaches Association Journal published the research from his thesis in 2003, as did The Sport Psychologist in 2006.
Along with his incredible academic achievements, Juniper, of course, was also a standout on the field. While at the University of Bristol, he earned Freshman and Player of the Year in 1996. He was the leading scorer in 1996 and 1998, and in 2001, he helped raise the National Championship banner at the University of Bath.
But coaching and teaching are where Coach Juniper has ultimately thrived. He holds several key credentials—including the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license, UEFA "B" license—and is involved with Olympic Development programs, and has recently joined the LA Galaxy OC club (United Women's Soccer) as their first coach.
Coach Juniper lives in Irvine, California, with his wife Jill and two children, Faye and Glen.