University of Saint Katherine

University of Saint Katherine Athletics
1637 Capalina Road San Marcos, CA 92069
NCCAA California Southwest
Private Very Small Competitive team


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Katie Ritchie

Katie Ritchie was named the University of Saint Katherine women’s soccer head coach by Director of Athletics Daniel Stange on Dec. 6, 2018.

Ritchie brings a vast wealth of experience to the Firebirds as a coach and player at both the professional and club levels.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Katie has played at the highest level of pro soccer all over the world including a 2 year deal with Chelsea FC in England and Amazon Grimstad in the prestigious Norwegian Toppserien. She also was a staple in the W-League captaining various clubs in Los Angeles during her break period overseas.

Katie also has been a prominent figure in the youth side here since she moved to SoCal with her husband Paul in 2015. In 2016 at Carlsbad High School, she led the freshman team to an undefeated season and the best record in the history of the program and was given the Varsity / Program role in 2019 where she led the team to a CIF Open Division final and State Tournament appearance.

In her recent years success, she was just hired on at Vista Storm Soccer Club as their first Female Director of Coaching to oversee and develop the girls program.

She also spent eight years with MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC as an academy and prospects coach, a regional development coach, and the lead coach of summer camps. She was involved at the club level with LA Galaxy San Diego in the DA and DPL programs, as well as assisting their semi-pro Women’s Premier Soccer League team.

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Paul Ritchie

Paul Ritchie joined the University of Saint Katherine women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach for his first season during the 2019-20 academic year.

Following a 17-year playing career, Ritchie became a UEFA Pro licensed soccer coach, possessing

experience at both elite first team and youth team levels having worked in Major League Soccer, the Scottish Premiership and for Manchester United Soccer Schools, focusing on complete tactical, technical

and physical progression to build successful teams and players capable of performing at the

highest level.

Since January of 2016, Ritchie has served as Head of Academy at LA Galaxy San Diego, where he is responsible for the academy’s overall administration, short and long term planning, and the development of age appropriate

soccer programs in collaboration with members, the Board of Directors and the Executive Board.

Ritchie has also served as the Technical Director at FC Sol as well as an assistant head coach with both Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Carolina RailHawks FC. He was also a coach with Manchester Unites Soccer Schools and Dundee FC.

He received his UEFA Pro License in 2013.

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