BJ McNicol took over as head coach of the Saddleback women’s soccer program in 2012, replacing Brandee Craig who had been the head coach from the program’s inception in 2001 through the 2011 season (11 years). McNicol has a wealth of experience as a player and coach and is well-known and well-respected for his coaching in Southern California.
He was a product of Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah, before continuing his soccer career at UNLV where he played for four years and served as the Runnin’ Rebels’ captain during his senior season. He went on to play professionally for five seasons in the United Soccer League (USL) with the Utah Blitzz and the New Hampshire Phantoms.
He has served as the Director of Coaching for a competitive youth club in Mission Viejo since 2005 and has been coaching at Rosary High School in Fullerton since 2008.
McNicol is nationally licensed through the USYSA and NSCAA with specialty diplomas in Futsal and Maximizing Player Performance Using Technology and Science. He is the General Manager of Soccer for Youth Sports Performance Network YSPN360.com.
McNicol has an overall record of 67-34-26 in his six seasons at Saddleback, qualifying for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons. He was voted the Orange Empire Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 2015 when the Gauchos finished 16-4-2 overall and in second place in the Orange Empire Conference.
Coach McNicol earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UNLV and added a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University. He currently makes his home in Riverside with his wife, Kelly