In her fourth year as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, Melissa Estrada followed head coach Cathy Klein from Iowa State and has been playing a key role in the efforts to revive the Arizona soccer program.
Estrada works with first-year assistant coach Yvette Valdez in the UA’s recruiting efforts, player academics and on-field instruction.
Estrada was part of Klein’s staff for four years at Iowa State and was critical in the development of that program. She organized the ISU soccer program’s day-to-day operations, was the individual trainer for all field players and coordinated the Cyclones’ community service program.
Prior to Iowa State, Estrada posted a stellar collegiate career. The San Diego, Calif., native was a four-year starter at Creighton, finishing third on the all-time scoring list with 15 goals and 10 assists (40 points).
During her senior season, Estrada was a starting midfielder for Cathy Klein’s team that earned a 14-4-0 mark. She earned her degree in Spanish from Creighton in 1995.
As a prep, Estrada was named the California Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year in 1990 while playing for San Dieguito High School. She was a two-time first-team All-Palomar League choice and a first-team All-CIF selection.
The two-time high school MVP was twice a member of the California South State Team. Following her prep career, she was honored as the San Dieguito Surf Soccer Club Player of the 80s.