|College:||Cal State Northridge, 1994|
Terry Davila begins his 14th season at the helm after a rewarding 2011 season that saw the Matadors narrowly miss out on postseason action. Northridge posted a record of 8-8-3 with a mark of 4-4-2 in Big West action and scored upsets over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton and on the road at No. 7 UCLA.
After the loss of 12 players to graduation in 2009, Davila directed a team of mostly newcomers, earning shutout victories over Air Force and on the road at Cal State Fullerton, as well as a last-minute upset at No. 7 UC Irvine in 2010.
In addition to head coaching duties, Davila also served concurrently as the Director of Soccer Operations for four seasons. Davila was appointed to Director of Soccer Operations on Mar. 14, 2006 along with the naming of Keith West as head women’s soccer coach.
Davila was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time in 2009 for guiding the Matadors to the postseason, while six of his players also received recognition by being selected to an All-Big West Team.
In 2008, the Matadors finished 8-7-4 overall and 4-3-3 in the Big West Conference. As a team, the Matadors began the season winning the inaugural Titan Tournament held on the campus of Cal State Fullerton and finished the season only one point shy of participating in the Big West Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament.
Even though Davila lost a number of key players throughout the season, his team still solidified its reputation as one of the toughest squads in the nation to compete against as evident by their numerous come-from-behind wins, and victories against a number of top-ranked and highly respected programs.
In 2007, the Matadors’ victory over UCLA, the program’s first victory ever of the Bruins, highlighted the season. In front of over 1,000 fans at the Matador Soccer Field, CSUN took a 3-0 decision from its crosstown rivals. Individually, Davila and the team witnessed several impressive performances. Guppy became the all-time leader in career wins during the season en route to a spot on the All-Big West Second Team. Senior defenders Sean Franklin and Matt Tracy both earned a spot on the All-Big West First Team, while Rafael Garcia joined Guppy on the Second Team. Sunghyun Kim became the fifth Matador to earn All-Conference accolades, receiving Honorable Mention honors. Following the season, Franklin, a defender on the USA U-23 National Team, was the fourth overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft, going to the LA Galaxy, where he quickly earned a spot in the starting 11.
During the 2006 season, Davila guided the Matadors to an 8-6-5 record. Northridge tied national runner-up UCLA to open the season and split two meetings with NCAA Champion UC Santa Barbara, including a 5-0 victory at home on Sept. 27. Northridge finished third with a 5-2-3 league mark. Eight Matadors earned All-Big West honors, including first-teamers Taylor Canel, Sean Franklin and Derek Hanks. Both Canel and Franklin also received All-Far West Region accolades, giving the Matadors 12 All-Region selections over the last five years.
In 2004 and 2005, Davila and his staff masterfully coached a pair of double-digit winning teams with both the Northridge men’s and women’s soccer teams. In 2005, the women completed their second straight, double-digit win total with an 11-8-0 record, which included a school-record, nine-match winning streak. One year earlier, the 2004 squad completed an eight-win turnaround from the year before, going 12-6-1 and earning a berth in the Big West Tournament. The 12 victories and six conference wins both equaled the best output in one season for Northridge as Davila was honored as Big West Coach of the Year.
The men’s team earned its first-ever NCAA postseason victory in ‘05 and a trip to the Sweet 16 last year after knocking off UC Santa Barbara in the second round of the tournament. The Matadors won their second Big West title in three years and made their fourth straight postseason appearance, posting a 15-4-3 record, which were the most wins for a Northridge squad since 1988. Ten Matadors received All-Big West honors, including Goalkeeper of the Year Kevin Guppy and Midfielder of the Year Daniel Paladini. Willie Sims also earned All-American status, making him the second Matador to receive such honors under Davila, who was also named co-Big West Coach of the Year.
In 2004, the men’s team finished with a record of 11-6-2 overall and a 6-2-2 league mark, placing second in the Big West. Nine Matadors received All-Big West Conference accolades, including Sims, who was named co-Big West Offensive Player of the Year.
In 2003, Davila again earned Coach of the Year honors as the Matadors won their first Big West title. He guided Northridge to a 14-3-3 record and spot in the postseason. Seven Matadors earned All-Big West honors, including Edwin Miranda, who was named Defender of the Year for the second year in a row. Miranda also earned All-American and All-Far West Region honors.
In 2002, Davila led Northridge to a 14-5-2 overall record and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Ten Matadors received all-conference honors and three earned all-region selections (Miranda, Brian Phillips, Jesse Servin). Other accolades included Big West Goalkeeper of the Year (Joe Barton) and Defender of the Year (Miranda).
Davila became just the fourth head coach in the history of the men's program when he succeeded Marwan Ass'ad in 1999. A former four-year starter for the Matadors, Davila spent three seasons (1995-97) as the top assistant under Ass'ad before taking over the head job.
Twice named the Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year (1995 and 1998), Davila has served as the coaching director of the Valley United Soccer Club (1999) and was the head coach of the Valley United Stars Soccer Team (girls under 15) for five years. The Valley United Stars Soccer Team won the 1996 and 1998 National Western U.S. Championships and finished as the California State Champions in 1995, '96 and '98. The Stars had a cumulative 314-25-21 record with Davila at the helm.
In the summer of 2001, Davila led the West Valley Samba girls youth 16 and under squad to the United States Youth Soccer Association's national title in Maryland. In 2000, the Matador coach guided the Stars' Under 14 team to the World Championships in Beaverton, Ore. He also coached the Stars' Under 13 team for two years, compiling a 50-5-4 record and the 1999 California State Championship.
Davila has also served as the head coach at Reseda High School from 1990-95 and 1998-99. Reseda won four West Valley League championships (1991, 1993, 1998 and 1999) and three Valley Pac-8 Conference titles (1995, 1998 and 1999) under Davila's direction. With his 1998 City Section championship at Reseda High School as a coach, Davila can boast of winning City Section titles as both a player and a coach.
In 1988, Davila earned City Player of the Year honors after leading Reseda to the City Section title as a senior. Davila then went on to start in every match throughout his playing career at CSUN. He was part of the 1988 team that reached the NCAA D-II final, losing to Florida Institute of Technology, 3-2.
Davila graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Cal State Northridge in 1994. Davila and his wife Stephanie have two daughters, Jayden and Olivia, and a son, Devin.