March 3, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Curtis McAlister will join the Washington State women's soccer program as an assistant coach Cougar head coach Dan Tobias announced today. McAlister, 30, replaces Bryan Thorp who resigned Feb. 1 to pursue other opportunities.
A native of Modesto, Calif., McAlister comes from Cal State Monterey Bay where he was a goalkeeper trainer for the men's varsity team as well as the men's varsity head coach at Pacific Grove High School in Pacific Grove, Calif. last fall. McAlister's WSU duties will include coaching the Cougar goalkeepers and recruiting.
"We are very excited to have someone of Curtis' experience and ability," Tobias said. "He brings a wide range of experience at all levels from the youth level all the way through college. And with his professional playing experience Curtis knows what is necessary to compete and be successful at the highest level."
After graduating from San Diego State in 1991 where he was a four-year varsity letter winner, McAlister joined his alma mater as an assistant and goalkeeper coach for both the men's and women's teams from 1991-1994.
From 1994-1996, McAlister coached a variety of youth club teams while playing professional soccer for the Dallas Sidekicks and the Detriot Neon of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. In 1995, McAllister was a member of the United States National Five-A-Side team. Additional professional playing experience included stints with the San Diego Sockers of Major League Soccer from 1991-1992 and the Monterrey La Ra Za in Monterrey, Mexico of the CISL in 1993.
"Aside from what Curtis brings to the game, he is a very quality person," Tobias said. "We are both really excited about working with each other."