Todd West will be entering his 18th season at the helm of the American University men's soccer team in 2017. This will also be his 21st overall season with the program.
West has guided the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2001 and the second round in both 2002 and 2004. In addition, he has led his squad to victory in seven of 14 D.C. College Cups and has captured two Patriot League Championships.
The Eagles reached the PL Final in six of the last eight seasons and captured the PL Regular Season Championship in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016. American has qualified for the Patriot League Tournament nine consecutive years, the longest active streak in the league. American's record during the tournament streak is 43-15-13 (.678).
In his 17-year career, West has accumulated an overall record of 160-130-46 (.544) and a conference mark of 76-33-19 (.667). The Eagles have had winning conference records in 14 of his 17 seasons, including in each of the last 10 campaigns.
American has seen its name in the national rankings in the past three seasons (2014-16). In 2014, American reached as high as No. 11 after knocking off then-No. 1 UCLA. In 2015, the Eagles beat a pair of nationally-ranked teams and at No. 15 with wins over Loyola Marymount and defending NCAA Champion Virginia. In 2016, AU tied South Florida and defeated SMU to claim the No. 19 spot in early September.
Year in and year out, West schedules one of the most competitive slates that Division I soccer has to offer. During his tenure, West has played 60 matches against schools from the power six conferences. This includes 24 matches against eight different current ACC foes (Boston College, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest), 22 contests versus seven current or former BIG EAST opponents (Connecticut, Georgetown, Rutgers, St. John’s, South Florida, Syracuse, and West Virginia), six against Big Ten schools (Ohio State and Penn State), two against American Athletic Conference foes (SMU and South Florida) and one against Pac-12 member UCLA.
West's 2016 squad won the Patriot League Regular Season Championship and hosted the PL Final only to fall in penalty kicks to Colgate. The Eagles finished the campaign 11-5-5. The team was highly recognized during the postseason. Seniors Panos Nakhid and Dale Ludwig received major awards by the Patriot League and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In all, AU placed five players on the All-Patriot League Team.
Nakhid was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League, first-team All-PL pick, All-PL Tournament Team and NSCAA All-Northeast Region. Ludwig garnered PL Midfielder of the Year and NSCAA All-Northeast Region.
Senior Garrett Muzikowski became the fifth AU men's soccer student-athlete to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team. He also earned Academic All-Patriot League.
In 2015, the Eagles were the Finalist of the Patriot League Championship, placed 13 players on the PL Academic Honor Roll and saw Panos Nakhid and Liam Robley named to the NSCAA All-Region Team. The Eagles garnered a league-best eight players on the All-Patriot League Team. Kibu Mbaluku was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First team.
The 2014 Eagles finished 11-4-4 and hosted Army West Point in the PL Quarterfinals, however, the Black Knights won on penalty kicks after a scoreless contest. During the regular season, the Eagles knocked off then-No. 1 UCLA, 2-1, at the Lobos Invitational. Jake Weinreb became the fourth AU player to earn Capital One Academic All-America Honors. The team placed 19 players on the PL Academic Honor Roll. Conor Osborne and Weinreb also earned Men’s Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team Accolades. AU also had six players added to the All-PL Team.
In addition to the on-the-field success, the Eagles also shined in the classroom yet again in 2013. American earned 15 Patriot League Academic Honor selections, posting 14-or-more student-athletes on the annual list for the fourth consecutive season.
In 2012, West’s Eagles captured the Patriot League Regular Season Championship for the fifth time in the last nine seasons and reached the Patriot League Championship Match for the fourth consecutive season. West was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, his fourth and second-consecutive honor.
In 2011, West's squad won the Patriot League regular-season crown for the fourth time in the last eight campaigns with a 5-2-0 conference mark. West earned his third conference Coach of the Year honor, although the Eagles fell short in the Patriot League Championship Game for the third straight season.
In 2010, the Eagles finished 7-9-3 overall, 3-2-2 record in the Patriot League and were a finalist in the Patriot League Tournament.
The 2009 team also reached the Patriot League Final with a record of 9-7-3 and 4-2-1 in the league.
In 2008, West led the Eagles to a 5-1-1 Patriot League record, earning a share of the regular season crown. West was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2008, the second time he had been honored with the award in his career.
The 2005 season saw the Eagles earn another Patriot League regular season title with a 5-2-0 conference record as they advanced to the conference title match for the second straight season.
In 2004, West recorded a career-high 15 wins as AU finished 15-6-2 overall and 6-1-0 in the Patriot League. The Eagles won both the Patriot League regular season and tournament championships in route to the team’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles defeated Long Island, 3-0, before coming up on the short end of a 2-1 decision to No. 4 Virginia in the second round. West was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2004.
In 2002, the Eagles built on the momentum that had begun in the previous campaign. Throughout the season, AU was ranked in the national polls, peaking at 11th in the country. AU finished with a 13-7-2 record, including 4-2-1 in Patriot League play, finishing second in a conference that placed three teams in the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles boasted impressive non-conference wins over No. 9 Boston College and No. 18 Penn State, which helped them earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. AU hosted George Washington in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, and defeated the Colonials, 1-0, before falling to Maryland in the second round, 1-0.
In 2001, in just his second season at the helm at AU, West led the Eagles into the national spotlight with a Patriot League Championship and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. In the Patriot League Finals, the Eagles defeated Holy Cross on penalty kicks, 4-3, to earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
In the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles defeated Ohio State, 2-1, in the opening round, and followed it up with a 3-0 second round victory at Wake Forest. In the Sweet 16, AU fell 1-0 in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina. AU completed the season with a 13-8-2 overall record, including 6-1 in the Patriot League.
Before taking over the AU program, West spent four seasons as an assistant to former head coach Bob Jenkins. His tenure during that run was highlighted by the Eagles’ trip to the 1997 NCAA Quarterfinals (pictured below) and a No. 5 national ranking in that season.
West’s career began as a stellar high school, club and Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He served as the head boy’s coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 1993 to 1996, where he compiled a record of 47-13-6. His Lake Braddock teams won three district titles (appearing in four) and the 1995 team captured the Northern Region and Virginia State Championships and finished with a No. 12 national ranking in the final poll. For his efforts, he was named 1995 NSCAA Virginia State Coach of the Year.
One of the most accomplished youth club coaches in Virginia, West has served on the U.S. Region I U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 staff. He currently works with George O’Neil as the U-17 Regional coach. West also holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “A” Coaching License.
In addition to his duties at American, West has worked as an assistant coach of the U-20 U.S. National Team, where he served under Head Coach Thomas Rongen. West also served as an assistant coach under Rongen with D.C. United, a three-time Major League Soccer (MLS) champion. While with United, West assisted in match preparation, player development, training sessions and scouting. Todd has coached U.S. Soccer Regional teams in international competitions in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and the U-20 National team in the Netherlands.
A top-level student-athlete during his playing career, West is a 1988 graduate of George Mason, where he was a four-year starter for the Patriots and received a bachelor of science in physical education and business. During his career at George Mason, West played in three NCAA tournaments and helped the program capture three Colonial Athletic Association championships. George Mason finished in the top 20 three times during his collegiate career.
A native of Dallas, Texas, West currently resides in Falls Church, Va., with his wife, Samira (Sam), and daughters, Kyra and Zoe.