Curtis McAlister is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach at Washington State. McAlister works primarily on defensive organization and with the Cougar goalkeepers, as well as being the Recruiting Coordinator.
In addition to being a USSF licensed coach, McAlister brings seven years of professional soccer playing experience to the Cougar program.
A native of Modesto, Calif., McAlister played professionally for the Dallas Sidekicks, Monterrey La Ra Za and the Detroit Neon of the Continental Indoor Soccer League from 1993-97. In 1995, McAlister was a member of the United States National Five-A-Side Team. He also played with the Major Soccer League champion San Diego Sockers during the 1991-92 season.
While playing professionally from 1991-94, McAlister spent the offseason coaching goalkeepers on both the men’s and women’s teams at his alma mater, San Diego State. He also served as head coach for a variety of youth club teams in Dallas, Texas, Modesto, Calif., and Canton, Mich. from 1994-1996. Since 1997, McAlister has been a camp instructor at Santa Clara University. McAlister is also a coach for the Washington State Olympic Development Program and the Head Goalkeeper Coach for all of the Region IV Girls ODP age groups.
“We are very excited to have someone of Curtis’ experience and ability,” head coach Dan 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.”
McAlister, a 1991 graduate of San Diego State with a bachelor of arts in economics, earned three varsity letters on the Aztec men’s soccer team from 1988-90. McAlister played his freshman year for Fresno State in 1986, before transferring to SDSU. That year the Bulldogs lost to Akron 1-0 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Final Four Tournament.
McAlister was born July 2, 1968, in Modesto, Calif.