National champion Chris Chamides to lead LMU women’s football


LOS ANGELES – Loyola Marymount University has selected Chris Chamides as the seventh head coach of the women’s soccer program. Chamides is moving through town after leading Cal State Los Angeles to a Division II men’s national championship earlier this month and leaves the Golden Eagles as the most successful coach of all time in both the men’s and women’s programs. United Soccer Coaches named Chamides and his team as the National Coaches of the Year in 2021.

“We are delighted to appoint Chris Chamides as our head coach of women’s football,” said the sporting director. Craig Pintens. “Beyond his accomplishments as a coach, he has been an exceptional mentor to hundreds of young women and men. He is known for his thoughtful approach to coaching and has consistently turned programs into champions. virtually unheard of in varsity track and field to hire a coach from the reigning national champion. We are very fortunate to welcome Chris and his family to The Bluff and are thrilled with the future of LMU women’s football. “

Chamides, who joined the Lions with experience at all levels of the game, recently led Cal State LA men’s football to an 18-2-3 overall record that culminated in a championship. The national title in 2021 follows an appearance in the national championship game at the previous NCAA tournament in 2019.

“I am delighted with this opportunity to join LMU,” said Chamides. “I want to thank Craig Pintens, Ashley armstrong, and Maria behm for welcoming me and my family. We have some work to do and I can’t wait to meet our student-athletes and get started. “

Chamides compiled a record 232-90-53 in 18 seasons as a Cal State LA men’s soccer coach, hasn’t lost a conference game in more than two seasons, and has coached the last two domestic players of NCAA Division II Men’s Football of the Year. Chamides reversed a program that suffered seven consecutive losing seasons before arriving in 2003.

In addition to winning at the college level, Chamides has worked with several Major League Soccer clubs including LAFC, San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA.

Chamides was also the head coach of the Cal State LA women’s football program from 2003-2012 and, like the men’s, is the program’s all-time leader in wins with a 103-69- 25 in 10 seasons. He toppled a program that had not produced a winning record before he arrived and made the Golden Eagles one of the best programs in the country. The Golden Eagles have had a sensational 52-17-12 score in their past four years and have finished the season in the domestic top-15 three times. He’s led the Golden Eagles to record-breaking records in eight of his past nine seasons with a 99-55-25 record in that streak.

The Cal State LA women’s program won 43 All-ACSC, 21 All-West Region, four All-America, three All-America Player of the Year, and one West Region Player of the Year during her tenure. The Golden Eagles also had two players who won CoSIDA Academic All-District honors after his arrival.
Chamides played in college for NCAA Lafayette College Division I from 1988 to 1992. He was a team captain as a senior. Lafayette posted a record of victories in each of his four seasons.

He holds an “A” license from the American Football Federation and has a National Advanced Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Chamides received a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts.

Chamides and his wife Nancy married in the summer of 2005 and have two sons, Ryan and Andrew.

For more information on LMU Women’s Football, follow the team on social media by searching for “LMULionsWSOC”.


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