Meet the Coaching Staff
Experience: 1st Season (10th season in college coaching)
Alma Mater: Rollins, 2000
Tony Amato, Southland Conference Coach of the Year the past two seasons at Stephen F. Austin, will embark in his debut season as Arizona women's soccer head coach for the 2013 season.
Amato coached the SFA Ladyjacks to titles in 2011 and 2012 with a combined 17-0 league record. His marks in three years at SFA were 13-5-2 in 2010, 15-3-1 in 2011 and 17-4 this past year. The Jacks lost to Texas A&M, 1-0, in NCAA Championships first-round action in 2012.
In 2012, Amato led SFA to victories over SEC, Big 12, and CUSA opponents to produce a national RPI ranking (31) and a Top 50 finish (45) in 2011. Both rankings were the highest in the history of the SFA soccer program. In his three years at SFA, he established a program ranked 13th in the nation for winning percentage over the past two seasons (0.813). Along with a winning percentage, Amato led the team to a current 22 game home winning streak and 17 straight regular season conference wins, outscoring conference opponents 63 to 4 in those matches.
SFA midfielder Kylie Louw earned three SLC Player of the Year honors under Amato and was named a 2012 NSCAA All-American plus an Academic All-American. She was joined on the 2012 Academic All-District team by defender Megan Dunningan. His 2012 team also won an NSCAA Team Academic Award for overall scholastic performance.
As head coach at Rollins from 2003-2010, Amato led the program to its first ever Sunshine State Conference Championship (two in a row), SCC Tournament Title, and NCAA Tournament Appearance (advanced to third round two years in a row). In 2008, he coached an undefeated regular season (14-0-4), including nine shutouts with a goal differential of plus 41. Amato led the Rollins team to 24 straight regular season games unbeaten, 18 straight regular season conference games unbeaten, and 16 straight home games unbeaten.
He has a career record of 127-48-14 in his 10 seasons as a head coach, with the first seven coming at Division II Rollins, where he compiled an 82-37-11 mark. The program won its first league title and went undefeated in the 2008 regular season. His 2009 squad repeated and posted a 16-2-2 mark to set records for victories, shutouts and goals-against averages.
A former collegiate player, he was a four-year star at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and earned Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year honors, among several. He was the school's Student-Athlete of the Year his senior season and earned Academic All-America and SSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors during his career. A 2000 Rollins graduate, Amato worked as an assistant with the school from 2001-02, and then was an assistant in the spring of 2003 for the men's team at Stetson University before accepting the women's head job at Rollins in that fall.
Amato earned a master's degree in exercise physiology from Central Florida in 2002 and worked with local club soccer and Olympic Development Programs with the Florida Youth Soccer Association. He is accompanied in Tucson with his wife, Samantha. Amato will take over for departed UA coach Lisa Oyen, who accumulated a record of 12-40-7 in three seasons after taking over as interim coach during the end of the 2009 campaign.
Experience: 1st Season (10th season in college coaching)
Alma Mater: St. Louis University, 2002
Paul Nagy was named assistant coach for the Arizona women's soccer program on Dec. 19, 2012, hired by head coach Tony Amato.
"Paul Nagy is a great addition to our staff and our program," Amato said. "He is a great coach and recruiter and brings a lot of experience to our team. I know he's excited to join the Arizona family and we're thrilled to have him."
Nagy comes to the Wildcats after spending the previous three seasons on Amato's staff at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA).
"I am thrilled to be a part of the coaching staff here at the University of Arizona," Nagy said. "I want to thank Tony for this wonderful opportunity and I'm excited for the future of this program."
In 2012, SFA posted a 17-4-0 overall record while winning all eight of its SLC games and a perfect 7-0-0 at home. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, Nagy was part of the Ladyjacks' coaching staff that led SFA to a 15-3-1 overall record, a 9-0 league record and the Southland Conference (SLC) regular-season title. Nagy oversaw the defense and goalkeepers, who proved not only to be the best in the SLC but also one of the best in the country. The Ladyjacks' defense posted a goals against average of just .416, the fifth-best mark in the nation.
Nagy joined the SFA staff following a two-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's soccer program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. During his time at Rollins, Nagy helped lead the Tars to a 24-13-1 record. Rollins won the Sunshine State Conference Championship in 2009 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stop at Rollins, Nagy was an assistant at the University of Central Florida for three seasons (2005-07). At UCF, he coached goalkeepers for two seasons before earning a promotion to the top assistant's spot and adding recruiting coordinator to his title.
The former goalkeeper served as a volunteer goalkeepers coach at TCU, Saint Louis University and LeMoyne College before accepting his position with UCF.
As a player, Nagy competed professionally for the Dallas Burn (MLS), Syracuse Salty Dogs (A-League), Hershey Wildcats (A-League) and Orlando Sharks (MISL). He was a four-year letterman on the Saint Louis University men's soccer team from 1997-2000, earning first-team All-Conference USA and all-region honors in 1999. He also played for a Billiken team that reached the NCAA Division I Final Four in 1997 while also winning four Conference USA titles in four years.
Nagy is a native of Grapevine, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in studio art with an emphasis on graphic design from Saint Louis, graduating with honors in 2002.
He is the director of coaching for Nagy Goalkeeping School and Camps.
Experience: 1st Season
Alma Mater: Stephen F. Austin, 2012
Kylie Louw joined head coach Tony Amato and the Arizona coaching staff as an assistant in February 2013. Louw arrived in Tucson after a stellar playing career at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) and with the South African team at the 2012 Olympic Games.
"We are excited to welcome Kylie to Tucson and know she will be a big asset to our program," Amato said. "I had the privilege of working with her for three years and saw she has a special ability to lead others. She has a bright personality, is organized, smart, and is driven to be successful."
"She has an extensive international and collegiate playing background that will translate into making our team better," Amato added. "I am fortunate to now have a great staff in place. The passion both Kylie and Paul (Nagy) bring to Arizona soccer is energizing and will make an immediate impact in coaching our current players and in recruiting future team members."
A three-time Southland Conference (SLC) Player of the Year, the first in Ladyjack history, and a two-time SLC Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, Louw played for her native South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She's been a member of the South African National Team since 2006 and was nominated as the South African Player of the Year in 2010.
"I am extremely excited to join an outstanding coaching staff and I am delighted to be working with such a passionate and dedicated department," Louw said. "I would like to thank (Athletics Director) Greg Byrne, (Deputy Athletics Director) Rocky LaRose, (Senior Associate Athletics Director) Erika Barnes and Tony Amato for an amazing opportunity to be involved in the soccer program and Wildcats athletics. I look forward to being a part of a great tradition here at the University of Arizona."
Also during her tenure at SFA, Louw was a National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, an NSCAA Scholar All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-American while winning the SLC regular season and tournament. She was the SLC Freshman of the Year in 2009 and a member of the SLC tournament champion team in 2011.
Louw has also been involved in youth soccer in the Nacogdoches, Texas area, coaching for the Nacogdoches Soccer Club and Nacogdoches Academy Soccer Clinic, as well as giving private lessons.
A native of Johannesburg, she earned her bachelor's in kinesiology from SFA in May 2012 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in exercise science and human performance, also from SFA.