After completing her 22nd season in 2016, head coach Jennifer Rockwood has taken the BYU women's soccer team to national prominence and established herself as one of the premier coaches in Division I soccer today. Rockwood has an impressive 356-99-38 overall record for her career. Over the last 22 seasons at the helm of the BYU women's soccer program, Rockwood has accumulated a .722 winning percentage.
Rockwood has guided the Cougars to 11 regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament championships during her tenure, including five-straight West Coast Conference titles. On the national scene, her teams have made 19 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2012 and 2016. In 2005, BYU was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country during the regular season and received its first-ever No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
In possibly one of BYU's most successful seasons, 2012, the Cougars were ranked as high as No. 2 and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA College Cup, the first women's program at BYU to ever be awarded a 1-seed. The team went 20-2-2 with four wins over teams ranked in the Top 25 throughout the season.
BYU regularly maintains a consistent Top 25 ranking. Under Rockwood's tutelage, the team finished in the Top 10 in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2012 and 2016, and have finished in the Top 25 13 times in 22 years including each of the past five seasons.
Among the many achievements and awards she has received over her career, Rockwood has been honored with five conference Coach of the Year awards, one by the Western Athletic Conference in 1996, two by the Mountain West in 2000 and 2008, and two from the WCC in 2012 and 2014. In 1996 and 2012, Rockwood was also Region Coach of the Year.
She also became the first MWC coach to eclipse the 100-win and 200-win marks with a shutout at Milwaukee-Wisconsin, 2-0, on Sept. 23, 2000. Her 200th win happened on Sept. 24, 2007 when BYU beat Washington 2-1 at home. She won her 300th game over San Francisco 2-0 on Oct. 10, 2013.
A long list of All-American soccer players has emerged from BYU's program and Rockwood's influence. These athletes include Shauna Rohbock, Katie Larkin, Jaime Rendich Beck, Aleisha Rose, Michelle Jensen and Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall. Among the players who have been coached by Rockwood are five additional All-American athletes that were drafted by the Women's United Soccer Association: Shauna Rohbock, Maren Hendershot, Staci Reynolds, Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, Cloee Colohan, Ashley Hatch and Nadia Gomes. Cutshall and Colohan were drafted in the National Women's Soccer League. Sara Reading was also selected to play for the WUSA. In 2008, Katie Larkin was drafted by the Los Angeles Sol of the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer League.
Prior to becoming head coach at BYU, Rockwood led BYU's highly successful club soccer team for seven years. In that time she amassed an overall record of 128-25-9. The final two years she took her teams to the Western National Collegiate Club soccer Association (NCCSA) title and placed second in the NCCSA National Championships.
The Lake Oswego, Oregon, native was a four-sport athlete in high school playing soccer, softball, basketball and track. After one year at Rick's College on a basketball scholarship, she transferred to BYU where she became a four-year starter at center midfield on the Cougars' club soccer team and graduated in finance, business management. Rockwood has also coached youth club programs, high school teams and the Utah Olympic Development Program.