Steve Sampson named head coach of Cal Poly
A former USMNT, Costa Rica and LA Galaxy head coach who won a national championship with Santa Clara in 1989 is returning to college soccer.
Steve Sampson was named head coach of Cal Poly on Thursday.
The 57-year-old Sampson coached the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1995-98 and went on to become the first American-born coach of a national team outside the U.S. when he took the helm at Costa Rica in 2002. After leaving Costa Rica in 2004, Sampson took the head coaching job at LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer but hasn’t coached a team since he was fired by the Galaxy in June 2006.
Sampson is the fourth head coach in Cal Poly’s 21-year history in Division 1.
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected to coach Cal Poly,” Sampson said in a news release on the Cal Poly men’s soccer website. “My tenure as a collegiate coach at Santa Clara was one of the most enjoyable periods of my life and I look forward to the challenge of competing in the Big West Conference and bringing success to a university known for excellence.”
Cal Poly boasts one of the best attendance figures in Division 1 soccer, drawing an average of 2,397 fans this season. The Mustangs sold out their 11,075-seat stadium for their annual rivalry game against UC Santa Barbara on November 2 and finished with an 8-7-4 mark this season.