"I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation again for your assistance in having my daughter participate in the Soccer camp. It was now our 3rd Camp and again I was very impressed in the manner in which it was conducted.
"I want to thank you for your great camp this week. I love the junior youth program you've started and I know it will be a continued success."
"My two daughters had a blast at the youth camp & learned a lot. They are already talking about doing the camp next year. I know that it was a lot of work teaching the younger girls, but it really meant a lot to them."
Friesen enters the 2017 campaign with the highest winning percentage in school history after compiling a 122-64-27 (.636) record in his first 10 seasons as head coach. In fact, he is the only SDSU head coach with a winning percentage above .600 and is one win shy of setting the program record, which is currently held by Chuck Clegg (122-81-8). In his time at the helm, Friesen has led the Aztecs to four NCAA tournament appearances and eight Mountain West titles (four tournament, four regular season), including four outright regular-season crowns in the last five years.
In the summer of 2017, Friesen was listed among the nation’s top Division I women’s soccer head coaches by All White Kit’s CoachRank 2017. Friesen checked in at No. 14 out of 236 head coaches on the list. All White Kit’s CoachRank is a data-driven, objective system of measuring coach performance over a long period of time, which is defined as three years or more at one school. The ranking includes multiple factors such as overall performance, conference tournament effort and NCAA tournament results and the data used for the ranking goes as far back as 2009.
Under Friesen’s guidance, the program, which focuses on the process, has made strides into becoming a rising power not only in the West, but nationally. Leading up to and during the 2012 campaign, a major focus for the team was the “process” in becoming great and being a champion. Friesen and his staff’s philosophy proved fruitful for the squad as they quickly became one of the top teams in country
Chassion Griggs enters his first season as a full-time assistant after being elevated from a volunteer assistant coach in March. He previously served as a volunteer assistant coach under Friesen for two seasons.
In those seasons at SDSU with Griggs on staff, the Aztecs posted a record of 25-12-6 (15-4-3 Mountain West), won an MW regular-season and tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Championship. He tutored four-year letter-winning goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn, who ended up being a three-time all-MW tournament performer and an all-conference second-team goalkeeper her senior campaign.
Griggs, who replaced Juan Pablo Favero after he took Oakland Universitys head coaching position, brings with him to Montezuma Mesa six years of collegiate coaching experience from his time spent at Point Loma Nazarene and Cuyamaca College. As an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Sea Lions, he guided the PLNU mens team to its best finish in eight seasons and coached the goalkeeping unit to the 15th-best goals-against average in the nation. During his time with the womens team, he helped PLNU to a PacWest title and an NCAA appearance. Griggs also mentored a goalkeeping group that produced the second-best GAA nationally and the conference goalie of the year, who went on to earn NSCAA all-West Region accolades.
Cole Schmit enters his first season as an assistant coach at San Diego State after three combined seasons at the Division I and NAIA levels.
Schmit arrives at SDSU from up the coast in Santa Barbara where he was a women’s soccer assistant coach at Westmont College, which is an NAIA institution that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). In two seasons, he helped the Warriors to a 32-8-4 record, a pair of league titles and two trips to the NAIA tournament.
In his first season on the Westmont campus, Schmit and the Warriors won the 2015 GSAC regular season and tournament championships en route to an NAIA quarterfinal appearance. One season later, Westmont advanced to the Round of 16. In addition to the team success, Schmit helped the Warriors collect two GSAC Player-of-the-Year awards, three All-America accolades and eight all-conference honors.
Prior to his time at Westmont, Schmit, who owns a USSF E License and an NSCAA Goalkeeping 1 Diploma, was a men’s soccer volunteer assistant coach at Pacific in 2014. In his one season in Stockton, he helped the first-year program become what is now considered a contender in the West Coast Conference.
Schmit played collegiately at California Baptist where he helped the Lancers to a 58-21-4 record after scoring 10 goals and logging nine assists in 83 games (59 starts). In his time at CBU, the Lancers won the NCCAA Division I national championship in 2011 and 2012, and won the 2011 Pacific West Conference title. Individually, Schmit was an NSCAA/NCCAA Division I first-team All-American and an all-PacWest first-team midfielder in 2012. His success on the field translated in the classroom as he earned a spot on the all-PacWest academic team three times and was recognized as an NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
Schmit graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from California Baptist in 2014.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Marisa is entering her first season working with the SDSU womens soccer team.
She was a graduate assistant at Florida State University for the past three seasons including the 2014 National Championship year for the Seminoles. She helped the Seminoles in all aspects, but her main area of influence was in the sports physiology aspect of performance. As a player Abegg was a four-year starter at Stanford University and she also played with the Washington Freedom in the original womens professional league, WUSA.
We are very excited to have Marisa on board and believe she will add great value and insight to our players both on and off the field.