Former U.S. National Team player Marci Miller Jobson, who has spent the past three years steadily rebuilding Northern Illinois' women's soccer fortunes, has been selected to lead the Baylor women's soccer program, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced today.
"We are very excited about having Marci lead our soccer program," 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, 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 can't wait to meet the team and get started 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 also coached Jobson as a collegian at Wisconsin and 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 Brett 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 1996 SMU graduate (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology) married Paul Jobson in August 2004. Paul is currently the Associate Head Coach in the NIU program and will have a similar role in the Baylor program. 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.
Jobson, the fourth head coach in the 12-year history of the Baylor soccer program, replaces George Van Linder who was the Bears' head coach the past five seasons before resigning last month.