Women's Soccer Coach Philippe Blin Resigns To Accept Area Youth Soccer Position

Philippe Blin, head coach of the San Jose State University women's soccer team since the program's inception five years ago, resigned to accept the position of technical director of the Pleasanton (Calif.) Girls Soccer Association. The announcement was made by Carolyn Lewis, senior associate athletic director for internal operations at San Jose State University.

Blin compiled a 53-44-3 record at San Jose State, directing his teams to winning records in four of his five seasons as head coach. His teams qualified for the Western Athletic Conference playoffs every year and advanced to the semifinal round three times. Blin was named the 1996 WAC Pacific Division Coach of the Year in the school's first year at a conference member.

"I think I accomplished all the goals I wanted to at San Jose State," Blin said. He said those goals included a winning record and advancing to the WAC Tournament each season, and successfully hosting the NCAA Division 1 Women's College Cup for two years, which the school did in 1999 and will do again in 2000.

"Philippe's new job will allow him to concentrate on what he loves best about the soccer profession -- developing young players. He is an outstanding technician and knowledgeable coach. The youngsters participating in his program will benefit greatly from him," said Lewis.

"When San Jose State added women's soccer to intercollegiate athletics offerings, Philippe Blin was the number-one choice to start our program. In five years, he quickly built a program that is respected on the West Coast, and, now, has a national presence. Thanks, largely to Philippe, his coaching staff and student-athletes, San Jose State University women's soccer is a well-run program ready to take the next step forward. Whomever succeeds Philippe as head coach will have an excellent foundation to continue the development of the Spartan soccer program.

Blin came to San Jose State after serving six seasons as an assistant coach for the Santa Clara University women's soccer program. The native of LeMens, France also coached at Saratoga (Calif.) High School, where he was the boys varsity coach for one season, and at Leland High School in San Jose, where he was the head girls soccer coach from 1987-89.

"I hate to see Philippe go, but his new job will be an advancement for him professionally and will be more financially rewarding to him and his family. He will be in a position to impact youth soccer in America, particularly, here, in Northern California.

"He nurtured the San Jose State University women's program from its inception five years ago, gave it life, hope and immediate success and put the Spartans on the cusp of becoming one of the top programs in the country," said Chuck Bell, director of athletics at San Jose State University.

In his new position, Blin said he will be involved in coaching education, parents' education and also training with all the teams. He said there are about 3,000 girls in the Pleasanton program.

Blin's year-by-year record:

Overall
1995   10-6
1996   13-7-1   reached WAC Tournament semifinalround
1997   12-8-1   reached WAC Tournament semifinal round
1998    6-16    reached WAC Tournament semifinalround
1999   12-7-1   qualified for WAC Tournament