Entering her seventh season as the Bears' head coach, and second as co-head coach, former U.S. National Team member Marci Jobson guided her 2012 team to the program's first Big 12 Championship title and deepest run in the NCAA Tournament with a Sweet 16 appearance, and pushed the 2013 squad to the program's highest-ever ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at No. 9.
Since taking the reins in 2008, along with husband Paul, the Jobsons have increased the program's win total in five of the last six years, both overall and in Big 12 play. The last 2011-12 seasons resulted in unprecedented success as the Bears have posted 15 or more wins back-to-back for the first time in program history and have advanced past the NCAA Tournament first round both times - another program first.
Not only has success under Jobson come on the field, it has come in the classroom as well as in her six years as head coach 82 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big 12, leading all Big 12 schools during that span. Additionally, BU placed five student-athletes on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, including a program record three on the first team. For the first time since 2010 and fourth time ever, the program earned one of the Big 12's Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship honors as Kat Ludlow was a recipient.
The 2013 season saw Baylor surpass the 10-win mark for the fourth straight season -- the first such run since the program did so five straight years from 1996-2000. Additionally, BU set program records for most matches without a loss (31), most home matches without a loss (17) and most consecutive home wins (14). Perhaps the highlight of the season was getting off to a hot start to earn a No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA poll on Sept. 3, 2013 -- the program's highest-ever ranking by the NSCAA.
In 2013, the Jobsons continued to make their mark on the program as a defensive stalwart. Baylor's 13 goals given up were one less than 2012's program-record 14 goals allowed and its 13 shutouts tied 2012's single-season school record. Along the way, goalie Michelle Kloss' 11 shutouts in 2013 set a new Baylor single-season record as she had the third-longest scoreless streak in school history at 439:17 minutes. Kloss ranked second in the NCAA in goals against average (0.65) and third in NCAA save percentage (.817) while ranking second in the Big 12 in goals against average and shutouts and fourth in save percentage. As a team, the Bears ranked eighth in the NCAA and second in the Big 12 in shutout percentage (.650) and 18th in the NCAA and second in the Big 12 in goals against average (0.626).
Another sign of the Jobsons' flourishing program was October 2013's approval of a $3.3 million Williams Family Soccer and Olympic Sports Center. Anticipated completion is early 2015.
Finishing with the highest ranking and best record (19-1-5) in program history, the 2012 squad ended its Sweet 16 run with the 11th spot in the final NSCAA poll. The team led the Big 12 in scoring offense (2.32), assists per game (1.68) and goals against average (.529), which was good for third in the NCAA and produced a program-record 13 shutouts. Baylor's scoring offense was the 14th-best in the NCAA. The Bears completed the season as the only team in the country with only one loss and with a 21-match unbeaten streak (last loss was Aug. 26, 2012) - the longest streak in program history by far (11, 1996).
Along the way, Jobson's players collected an impressive list of honors. Baylor led the Big 12 with 14 players on the league's academic team. For the first time since 2001, BU had multiple players recognized on the All-Big 12 team as Carlie Davis, Dana Larsen and Kat Ludlow received second-team nods. Davis (second team), Larsen (first team) and Lisa Sliwinski (first team) gave BU its fourth straight season with multiple Capital One Academic All-District selections. Larsen (first team) and Sliwinski (third team) gave the Bears their first time with multiple Capital One Academic All-America choices. Davis (third team), Larsen (first team), Ludlow (second team) and Sliwinski (second team) also earned NSCAA All-Central Region honors, giving Baylor its most such selections in one season.
Larsen took the awards a step further as she became just the third in program history to earn NSCAA All-American honors (third team). She then became the first in program history to garner NSCAA Scholar All-America (first team), Big 12 Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Capital One Academic All-America of the Year honors.
Jobson's 2011 squad made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1999 and first-ever Tournament victory. She gave Baylor back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000.
Jobson took the 2011 team to new heights, guiding the Bears to a then-second-most wins (15) in school history and most Big 12 wins (6) since 2000. After being selected to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999, Baylor earned its first-ever NCAA win with a 3-0 victory over Texas State at Betty Lou Mays Field.
In the classroom, Bethany Johnston and Dana Larsen became the program's first Academic All-Americans since 2002 and marked the first time more than one soccer student-athlete earned the recognition. Larsen's second-team honor was the highest in program history until her first team nod in 2012.
With Jobson's continued emphasis on the classroom, the 2011 squad had a program-best 16 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 team, including a BU-record 13 on the first-team.
In 2010, Jobson led the Bears to the most overall wins (11) since 1999 and the most conference victories (4) since 2001. Nationally known for its stifling defense, Jobson's squad tied the program record at the time for most shutouts in a season with 11 and tied the 1997 team for the most home wins in Baylor history with nine.
Off of the field, the 2010 team placed a school record six student-athletes on the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District team, breaking the old mark of three. In addition, the Bears had 12 Academic All-Big 12 members, including 11 on the first team.
Her 2009 campaign was a sign of things to come. After being picked 10th in the Big 12 Preseason poll, the Bears earned the No. 7 seed at the conference tournament. BU wrapped up the season with an 8-6-5 mark, recording the most wins by the program since an eight-win season in 2002. In addition, her squad registered three conference wins, which was the most since 2002, and qualified for the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Bears also set a new program record for best goals against average with 0.88.
In just her first season, Jobson quickly established her style of play as the Bears allowed the second-fewest goals in program history (22) and finished the season with a 0-0 tie at No. 8 Texas, making it the first result against a ranked team since 2004.
"We are very excited about having Marci lead our soccer program," Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said. "She is deeply committed to Baylor's mission and will be a great ambassador for Baylor soccer. Marci's professional and U.S. National team experience will afford her great credibility in working with our student-athletes and in the recruiting process."
"Marci enjoyed great success in turning around the Northern Illinois program while she competed as a professional player and member of the U.S. National Team. We are looking forward to her devoting her full-time energies to building a championship program at Baylor."
While splitting time between the U.S. National Team and her Northern Illinois head coaching responsibilities the last three seasons in DeKalb, Jobson led the Huskies to a pair of Mid-American Conference Tournament (MAC) appearances and improved the program's win total each year.
In 2007, her NIU team posted the program's best record since 1998 at 10-5-5 and advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year. A year earlier, her seventh-seeded NIU team (8-11-2) reached the 2006 MAC Tournament championship game for the first time in nearly a decade after upsetting No. 2-seed Ohio in the quarterfinals and No. 6-seed Kent State in the semifinals. Jobson's rookie season (2005) saw the Huskies post a 5-11-2 mark and produce the program's first-ever MAC All-Freshman team selection.
"I would like to thank Ian McCaw and Paul Bradshaw for giving me the opportunity to lead the Baylor soccer program," Jobson said. "My husband and I are very excited about getting settled into the Baylor community which made a huge impression on us from both a personal and professional standpoint during our interview.
"Our goal is to build a championship women's soccer program at Baylor," she added. "We are very excited to keep moving this program on the path to success that has been traveled by several Baylor teams the last few years. The women's soccer program won Baylor's first Big 12 championship (in 1998) and there is no reason that we can't reach that pinnacle in the future."
A member of the U.S. Women's National Team from 2005 through 2007, Jobson became the second oldest player to earn her first cap on June 26, 2005, against Canada at 29 years, 6 months and 22 days. She first trained with the National Team in 1997 and was a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team Pool in 1999. Jobson played in two games for the U.S. in 2005, 11 in 2006 and four in 2007. One of the first 18 players named to the 2007 U.S. World Cup team, Jobson was the oldest player ever-by four years, to make her first Women's World Cup roster, and she retired following the 2007 event.
"Congratulations on hiring Marci, I think she will do a great job for Baylor University," said Greg Ryan, the U.S Women's National Team head coach from 2005-2007 who recruited Jobson as a collegian at Wisconsin and coached her at SMU. "She is a great person and a great recruiter, which is the first thing you have to be as a college coach.
"People like Marci," Ryan added. "She was the glue that helped keep our U.S. National Team together. She is hard working both as a coach and player. She did a great job at Northern Illinois along with Paul, her husband, and given time at Baylor, she will improve the program through her coaching and recruiting abilities."
The St. Charles, Ill., native played three seasons with the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA, then returned to the W-League in 2004 to play for the Charlotte Eagles and the Atlanta Silverbacks. Jobson also spent one season (1999) playing for Turbine Potsdam in the German Women's Bundesliga. A member of the gold-medal winning North team and an all-tournament selection at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival, Jobson captained the Chicago Cobras of the W-League for four seasons while leading the league in scoring once and helping the Cobras claim the 2000 league crown.
"Marci has the innate ability to make people laugh," said Jobson's U.S. National teammate Abby Wambach. "She has this gift to be able to find a connection with every single player and that is a rare quality to have.
"I think taking the job at Baylor is just another step in her progression to be a great coach," Wambach added. "Marci sees the game so well and is able to communicate that to others. All-in-all, she is just a good human and I know she will do a great job."
The four-time all-state performer at St. Charles (Ill.) High School led the Saints to a pair of state championships (1992 and 1994) and a third-place finish in 1993. Named to the National Soccer Coaches of Association of America prep All-America team, Jobson was a four-time all-conference selection who also earned all-area, all-academic and all-state honors during a standout prep career. In 2005, she was inducted into the St. Charles (East) High School Hall of Fame and received the school's Jobie Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award.
Following a standout prep career, Jobson attended the University of Wisconsin, where she earned 1994 All-Freshman honors from Soccer America and Soccer News as well as first-team All-Big Ten recognition. She was a second-team All-Central Region performer as a rookie when she helped the Badgers to a 16-6 overall record, a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, the league's postseason crown and an NCAA Tournament berth.
As a sophomore in 1995, Jobson earned Soccer News All-Midwest, All-Sophomore and Elite 11 Midfielder accolades and was a first-team All-West Region honoree as a member of the Badgers' NCAA Tournament team which finished second in the Big Ten in both the regular season and the postseason.
The two-time All-Big Ten honoree ranked second nationally in points both years. As a freshman, Jobson totaled 16 points on five goals and six assists before coming back with a 20-point campaign (five goals and a team-high 10 assists) the following season.
After two seasons at Wisconsin, Jobson transferred to SMU (after Ryan left the Badger program to coach the Mustangs). She was a two-time NSCAA All-Central Region and Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division Player of the Year at SMU. Jobson helped SMU advance to the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament as a senior when the Mustangs finished 17-5-1.
She started all 44 games of her two-year Mustang career as a midfielder and totaled 51 points on 21 goals and nine assists. In four seasons of collegiate competition, Jobson totaled 87 points with 31 goals and 25 assists.
Jobson launched her coaching career as an assistant to Ryan at SMU and then worked alongside Bret Hall in the Chicago Socker club program. Hall, an assistant on the U.S. National Team, worked as a volunteer assistant coach at NIU in 2006.
The 1998 SMU graduate (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology) married Paul Jobson in August 2004. Paul is currently the Co-Head Coach in the Baylor program. They have three sons, Miller, who was born on May 2, 2009, Grey, who was born on Dec. 28, 2011, and Nash, who was born on Feb. 12, 2014. She is youngest of eight children, all of whom have names that start with the letter "M" -- Marci, Maggie, Marty, Mindy, Mary, Mike, Monica and Mark.