Jaggard begins tenure as women's soccer head coach
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Jenny Jaggard was recently hired to become the 12th head coach in Westmont women’s soccer program history. She arrived on campus last week to officially begin her tenure.
“When I was actually going through the interview process, I was super excited when I met the team,” said Jaggard. “When I first filled out the paperwork for the job, [something] that I felt really strongly about was wanting to be in a Christian place and Westmont has a really good reputation both academically and in terms of being true to the faith. That really excited me.”
Not only is Jaggard excited about the opportunity to coach at Westmont, but so are her players.
“Having Coach Jenny has been outstanding,” said sophomore goalkeeper and reigning Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Player of the Year, Gabi Haw. “She came in and has really pushed us to be better both mentally and physically. She has also showed a desire to maintain the culture Westmont Women’s soccer has established.”
“It has been so nice to finally have our new coach,” said junior midfielder, Brooke Porter. “She has brought a new intensity and dynamic to our spring training and under her guidance we are able to collectively takes the necessary steps to prepare for next season.”
During Jaggard’s five years as an assistant for the Chico State Wildcats, she led the team to a 53-25-14 overall record and two NCAA Championship Tournament appearances. This past season, the Wildcats lost only two games, the fewest in a single season in program history. Jaggard credits Kim Sutton, Chico State’s Head Coach, for mentoring her.
“She’s really into developing female coaches as leaders, so she really invested a lot of time in me in the leadership aspect and showed me every aspect of the job,” said Jaggard. “She’s really amazing at teaching how to run a team in terms of building cohesion and team dynamics, and all the stuff you do outside of just soccer, the x’s and o’s of the game. I’m super indebted to her. I can’t say enough good about her.”
After only one week of practice with her new team, Jaggard led the Warriors to a 1-1 tie on Saturday against NCAA Division II foe Biola University, former GSAC rival of Westmont. Porter scored the lone goal for the Warriors on a diving header.
“I was really pleased on Saturday’s game with the organization that we did have,” said Jaggard. “All considering just three practices, I felt they really battled out there. I was really happy with the fact we only had two subs and yet they managed to grind out that game; we got a 1-1 tie. They held them; they did a really good job and stayed organized.”
Jaggard said that organization, particularly defensively, was the focus of training last week for the team. She added that the team’s focus in training this week would shift to the attacking side of the game.
“Coach Jaggard’s training sessions have been effective and efficient from day one,” said Porter. “I appreciate how she emphasizes that doing the little things right is crucial.”
“I really respect Jenny’s coaching style,” added Haw. “She communicates clearly and is always encouraging players to do their best and leave everything out on the field.”
Jaggard replaces Chántel Cappuccilli, who resigned after four seasons. Cappuccilli led the Warriors to three NAIA National Tournament appearances in her four seasons, including two trips to the quarterfinals and one to the Round of 16.