WPS Goalkeeper Joins Women's Soccer Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Former Women’s Professional Soccer league starting goalkeeper and UCLA team captain Valerie Henderson has been hired as an assistant coach for the San Jose State University women’s soccer program.
“We’re really excited with Val’s hire,” said San Jose State women’s soccer head coach Jeff Leightman. “I think she’s going to bring tremendous energy and a new vibe to our program. She has a great pedigree as a player with the national team and UCLA with four College Cups, and playing professionally, so I think she’s a great role model for our players.”
Henderson was a four-year starting goalkeeper (2004-07) and 2007 NSCAA Scholar All-American at UCLA. She helped lead the Bruins to four straight NCAA Women’s College Cups, including two championship game appearances. Henderson currently holds records at UCLA for career shutouts (38) and career wins (76).
Henderson was drafted in the third round of the 2009 WPS draft by the Los Angeles Sol, where she played from March 2009-March 2010. She played for the Philadelphia Independence, also of the WPS, from March 2010-August 2011. Henderson most recently played professionally for the KIF Örebro women’s professional soccer team based in Örebro, Sweden.
“She’s a competitor and brings a sense of professionalism with her as well, which fits in nicely with our team culture and our program culture,” said Leightman. “We’re excited to get started with Val and have her intimately involved in our program in multiple ways.”
Henderson comes to the Spartans after spending the past two years as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for the Lamorinda Soccer Club based in Lafayette.
"I've been pleased to find that we have a very hard working group here at San Jose State with a lot of heart and an eagerness to excel,” said Henderson. “I can't wait for the fall season."