Keith Coleman begins his 22nd season at the helm of the Pacific women's soccer program in 2015-16. With a career record of 173-184-41, Coleman's Tigers have finished their regular season with a .500 or better record in 15 of 21 years.
In the 2014 season, Coleman oversaw the development of a young Tiger team including sophomore Alex Hussar, who was named All-WCC honorable mention for the second straight season.
After joining the West Coast Conference in time for the fall of 2013, Pacific saw Brittni Beeman named All-West Coast Conference Second Team. Maricella Padilla and Hussar also earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors at the end of the inaugural season in the conference. Coleman's squad also earned a team academic award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, given to teams that have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher collectively.
Pacific narrowly missed out on a berth to the Big West Championship tournament in 2011 as injuries and bad luck derailed what was to be a promising season. Finishing the year at 8-9-1, the Tigers suffered six of their nine losses by just one goal as four of those loses came in Big West play. Despite the tough year, Pacific placed five on the all-conference team at the end of the year .
In 2010, the Tigers finished at .500 at 8-8-3 against a daunting schedule featuring seven matches against ranked opponents, including a 1-1 tie against No. 16 Cal. The Tigers advanced to the Big West semifinals, falling 2-1 to No. 11 UC Irvine.
The Tigers posted a 10-6-3 record in 2009, after closing out 2008 with a 10-8-1 overall record. In 2008, Pacific started a crew that was mostly composed of freshmen and found its way to the Big West Championships, falling to the eventual champion, Long Beach State, in the first round.
A favorite to compete for the Big West title at the beginning of 2007, the Tigers struggled to find their way that year, starting strong before injuries and the tough play of the Big West caught up with the team. In conference action, the Tigers posted a 2-4-2 record despite finishing the year with one of the conference's top defenses, allowing just 0.89 goals against throughout the year.
With a veteran team in 2006, anchored by four four-year seniors and nine juniors, the Tigers finished the 2006 season with a 10-6-2 overall record. Pacific set single-season records for consecutive shutouts with six as the defense relinquished just 14 goals against, shattering the previous best of 19 goals against set in 1999.
In 2005 the Tigers went 10-9-1 during the regular season. Additionally, Coleman led his Tigers to the postseason for the first time since 1998, earning a spot in the Big West Championships. The Tigers played tough, but a late goal sent Pacific to a 1-0 defeat to the eventual Big West Champions, Cal State Fullerton.
The 2004 season witnessed Coleman reach the century milestone in career wins as he guided the Tigers to his 100th victory with a 2-1 win at UC Irvine on Oct. 10. Additionally, Coleman led the Tigers to some big program victories as Pacific picked up road wins over Nebraska (2-1, Sept. 10) and UC Santa Barbara (1-0, Oct. 22).
In 2002, Pacific completed its season with an overall record of 10-8-2 and 2-5-2 in Big West Conference action. Under his guidance, the Tigers produced five All-Big West players, including Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, Megan Pickering.
In 1998, Coleman guided Pacific to its first Big West Conference Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. He earned Big West Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, after becoming the first coach in Big West soccer history to post an undefeated conference record (7-0-2). With a 2-1 win over California during the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Coleman set a school record with 15 wins during the season. The 1998 Pacific women's soccer team was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 1997, Coleman was named Co-Big West Coach of the Year, following an outstanding season in which he led Pacific to an overall record of 14-6, including a win over nationally-ranked BYU (No. 19). He also led the Tigers to a 4-2 record in Big West Conference games during the season, finishing tied for second place in the Big West standings.
Coleman posted a 7-1 season at home in 1995, which helped Pacific to post its first winning season in school history. The Tigers finished 9-8-2 overall that season.
Before joining Pacific in 1994, Coleman was an assistant coach under Bob Russ at Chico State. He helped coach the Wildcats to victories in 30 of 37 games in his two seasons with Chico. He helped guide Chico State to its first regional championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs, as the team advanced to the final six in 1992.During his stint as a coach for the Wildcats, Chico State ranked as high as fifth in the nation and No. 1 in the region.
Prior to his tenure at Chico State, Coleman spent four years as head coach of the women's club soccer program at Cal Poly, where his teams captured four state titles including the 1991 Women's College Cup National Championship. Coleman compiled an overall record of 102-6-7 while at Cal Poly from 1988 to 1991.
Coleman has been an Olympic Development Program evaluator since 1990, most recently for the U-17 Northern California State Team. He also has extensive experience coaching youth soccer players.
Coleman resides in Stockton, Calif., with his wife, Michelle, Pacific's director of operations, and their two daughters, Sydney and Elliana.