Why BYU Women's Soccer

South Field

South Field is the place the Cougars love to call home, and a home all opponents hate to visit. For the past ten years, South Field, has been the battlefield for the Cougars as the team has taken on, and defeated, the top teams in their conference and in the NCAA.

The Cougars have amassed an 148-29-12 (.814) record at home, which is among the best in the nation over the same time period. In that time, an outstanding 99 have ended in a shutout.

Consistently among the top 15 in the NCAA, South Field packs in some of the largest crowds in the country. With an average attendance of 1,045 fans during the 2004 campaign, the Cougars rank among the highest every year for largest attendance average in the country. BYU also packed in a total of 11,504 fans over 11 games, recording the second highest mark in the MWC and making South Field one of the toughest places for opponents to play in women's college soccer today. In 2011, the Cougars boasted the highest attendance in the NCAA at home with an average of 2,882. 

Located just south of the Smith Fieldhouse, South Field boasts one of the best-maintained grass playing surfaces in the NCAA. The Wasatch Mountains serve as a scenic backdrop for the capacity crowd of 4,200 fans. South Field is also equipped with state-of-the-art field lights, making night games a favorite among fans.

Fan Support

BYU has consistently been tops in the nation with average home attendance. In 2004, BYU had the 8th highest home attendance in the NCAA, averaging 1,045 fans per game, and in 2011 the Cougars boasted the highest attendance at home with an average of 2,882. In 2012, BYU led the nation in total attendance with 48,858.

Winning Tradition

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood has led the Cougars to ten MWC Championships in 12 years, including seven second place finishes. In 2003, the Cougars advanced to the "Elite Eight" for the first time in the history of the program. It was BYU's seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Women's College Cup Championships. In her second season with the West Coast Conference, Rockwood led the Cougars to a first-place finish, No. 2 national ranking and a return to the "Elite Eight."

Coaching Staff

Now going into her 19th year, BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood has guided her teams to dozens of top 25 rankings in past years, including a Top 10 ranking in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2012. She has been named conference Coach of the Year three times, leading BYU to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in 18 years, including three "Sweet Sixteen" finishes and two "Elite Eight" appearances in 2003 and 2012. The sixth winningest coach in NCAA Division I programs, Rockwood has coached a total of nine All-Americans.

Associate head coach Chris Watkins brings extensive coaching and playing experience to the team, having played semi-professional soccer for the Salt Lake City Flamengo team and on the college level at Drake University. He has coached the men's club teams to four straight collegiate national club championships from 1996-99, compiling an overall record of 132-28-12 in nine years. Coach Watkins led BYU in gaining a franchise in the United Soccer Leagues, the first Professional Franchise ever purchased by a collegiate institution.

Athletic Training

BYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the nation's best. It features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes.

BYU's strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest.

University

Brigham Young University, the largest private university in the nation, has an outstanding academic reputation and a high commitment to athletics.

Academics

BYU has a high commitment to graduation, with a full-time Academic Advisement staff, mentor and tutor programs, and is a member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. The Cougars landed 12 players on the MWC All-Academic Team in 2004.

Exposure

Many of BYU's student athletic competitions are broadcast on BYU Television, which is available in 53 million homes nationwide via Dish Network, DirectTV and over 800 cable systems in every state. The network is expanding throughout the world, gaining viewers in England, Europe, and Latin America.