Ladyjacks face three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago in their non-conference slate
SFA has shutout the opposition in 11 of 14 matches.
The camp will be led by SFA head coach Wally Crittenden. Camp participation is limited to high school girls, ages 14-18. Registration will open July 11 at a cost of $100.
Crittenden announces addition of A&M Consolidated F/MF
Three different camps scheduled for summer, starting June 24
Entering his second year as the head coach of the storied women's soccer program, Wally Crittenden has excitement and high expectations to continue building on a historic first season. In his first year at the helm, the Ladyjacks matched or broke 13 different program records while on their way to winning the 2013 Southland Conference Championship, for the third consecutive year, as well as Crittenden being named the 2013 SLC Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Crittenden amassed a 16-3-3 (.795 win percentage) record as a head coach and during that stretch, won the 2013 SLC title, was ranked as high as fourth in the region and received votes for the first time in program history for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Top 25 poll, set the program record for most shutouts in a season (14), set the best seven-game start in program history, matched the program-best with 15 wins in the regular season, completed the first undefeated season on the road (8-0-2), finished 10th in the country in goals against average (.520), and finished ninth in the country in shutout percentage (.636). Crittenden also saw nine players recognized by the Southland on either the first team, second team, or honorable mentions for league play and four players named to the SLC All-Tournament Team. Following the historic 2013 season, the awards continued as three Ladyjacks were named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Central Region second team and the entire squad earned the 2013 NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Prior to SFA, Crittenden spent the 2010-2012 seasons in College Station assisting a nationally-ranked Texas A&M program that recorded a combined 52-16-6 (.743) record during that time. During that stretch the Aggies won two Big 12 crowns and the 2012 SEC West Division title, advancing to the NCAA Championships all three seasons. The Aggies climbed as high as fifth in the polls, and set program records for most shutouts in a season, most consecutive scoreless minutes and fewest goals allowed. Crittenden helped guide a Texas A&M defense that ranked among the nation's elite in their transition to a new conference. In 2012, the Aggies led the league and finished fifth nationally in scoring with a 0.51 goals against average.
Prior to his move to the Lone Star State, Crittenden made coaching stops at University of Nebraska (2007-2009 seasons) and the University of Oklahoma (2005 and 2006 seasons). During his time in Norman, Oklahoma, Crittenden made a name for himself as defensive-minded coach. The Sooners set program records for fewest goals against, lowest goals-against average, and most shutouts by a goalkeeper. Before his time at Oklahoma, Crittenden was the head girl's soccer coach and English teacher at Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, Texas (2003-2005). Crittenden began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach on the men's soccer team at Lynn University (2002).
Crittenden also serves on the coaching and instructor staffs for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA), the USYSA Region III Olympic Development Program - Regional Staff, and the ECNL-PDP staff.
Crittenden is an active member in the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), where he has earned a USSF "B" License and a National Goalkeeper Certificate. He is also an active member of the NSCAA, where he has earned the NSCAA National Goalkeeper Certificate.
Crittenden received his bachelor's of Education Degree in Sports Management from Florida International University (1998-03), where he also played soccer from 1998-01. He was named an Under-18 ODP All-American and was a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team in 1998. Crittenden then received his master's degree in higher education administration from Nebraska (2007-10) where he was also awarded the Young Alumni Award in 2012 in recognition of his contributions in a major research initiative, The Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab, that was formed within the Nebraska Athletic Department as a result of his graduate-degree work.
Crittenden resides in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his family, including his wife Cori and their two daughters Kellen (6 yrs) and Bridget (3 yrs).