University of Arizona head women's soccer coach Tony Amato has announced the addition of Kylie Louw to his coaching staff. Louw joins the Wildcat program as an assistant coach after a stellar playing career at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) and with the South African team at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Head coach Tony Amato makes his first hire at the helm of the Wildcat program.
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.