Pepperdine opens the 2012 season on Friday against San Diego at Tari Frahm Rokus Field
Stephen Wandzura's photos of the Waves' 3-2 win over the #14 Broncos.
Stephen Wandzura's photos of the Waves' 0-0 tie with the Dons.
Photos of Pepperdine's 0-0 tie with the ASU women's soccer team by Stephen Wandzura.
Photos by Stephen and Jacqueline Wandzura of the Waves and Anteaters' 1-1 tie.
Photos by Stephen Wandzura of the Waves' 2-1 loss at CSUN.
Twila Kaufman, who was hired as an assistant coach in the summer of 2004 and promoted to associate head coach in 2008, begins her ninth season as a member of Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward's staff in 2012.
Kaufman is involved in all phases of the program, including conditioning, practice planning, academic affairs and game management. Kaufman is also the recruiting coordinator and brought in nationally ranked freshman classes from 2005-09 according to Soccer Buzz, including a program-best #15 ranking in 2007.
Since Kaufman joined Pepperdine, the Waves are 84-49-27 (.610) in eight seasons and have been to three NCAA Tournaments, including the 2005 Sweet 16 and a most recent appearance in 2011.
During summer 2009, Kaufman served as head coach of the Los Angeles Legends, which competed in the USL W-League, one of the highest levels of competitive women's soccer in the U.S. and Canada.
Kaufman also has worked as a staff coach for the Region IV ODP program and with the Camarillo Eagles Soccer Club. She previously had stints with the Cal South ODP system.
Before coming to Pepperdine, Kaufman served as a volunteer assistant coach at Northern Arizona. Kaufman also served as co-director of the Northern Arizona Training Academy in Flagstaff, Ariz., and accumulated three years experience as an assistant coach for the Arizona ODP system. While living in Arizona, Kaufman also had coaching jobs with Salpointe Catholic High School, The Foothills Soccer Club and the ASUSC Black Hawks.
Kaufman was a four-year starter at the University of Arizona, where she served as team captain and finished her career ranked in the top 10 in eight different statistical categories, including #1 in matches played. She was selected to the Pacific-10 Conference's All-Academic team three times and was a Mary Roby Award recipient for four years. Kaufman was also named the Wildcats' Rookie of the Year in 1998.
She reached the pinnacle of her playing career while competing for two seasons with the Arizona Heatwave of the W-1 League, which was affiliated with WUSA.
A native of Los Angeles, Kaufman attended nearby Harvard-Westlake High School. As a club player, she played for the Las Virgenes Blazers (now Real Southern California) before moving to the Southern California Blues Soccer Club, where she played for Hugh Donald and won two state championships (1997 and 1998). Kaufman was also a member of the Cal South and Region IV ODP teams and was in the national pool.
Kaufman graduated from Arizona with a bachelor of arts degree in 2003 and earned a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia in 2009. She acquired her USSF National "A" license in 2010. She currently resides in Calabasas.