Taliaferro comes to Miami after serving three seasons as head coach of the Fighting Illini from 1999-2001. She becomes Miami's second-ever women's soccer coach replacing Jim Blankenship, who guided the program in its first four seasons since 1998.
"I am very excited to coach the women's soccer program at the University of
Miami," said Taliaferro. "The University of Miami has a strong commitment
to athletics and I am honored to be a part of it. I am truly excited to
work under the leadership of (Athletic Director) Paul Dee and President
"The University of Miami is extremely pleased to have attracted Coach Trisha
Taliaferro to take over our women's soccer program," said Dee. "She helped
build a fine program at the University of Illinois and we are looking
forward to her continuing her success with the Hurricanes."
Taliaferro was part of Illinois soccer since its inception, first serving as
an assistant for the team's first two seasons before being named the head
coach on July 8, 1999. During her tenure as head coach, she guided the
Illini to its best seasons in the program history.
Taliaferro had compiled a 38-24-3 record in her three seasons at UI. Under
her guidance, the Illini played in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament
in 2001 and as well as finishing third in the Big Ten and taking runner-up
honors at the Big Ten Tournament. Taliaferro coached six Big Ten
All-Conference athletes and had six players named to the Big Ten
All-Tournament team. She has also coached two U-21 pool players.
Under Taliaferro, Illinois reached its highest ranking ever -- No. 15 in the
nation, reached the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, posted seven shutouts
(four in a row) in 1999, and won its first ever NCAA Tournament contest in
2000. Along with finishing third in Big Ten regular season action, the
Illini upset Michigan to earn a berth in the Big Ten tournament title match,
which aired on Fox Sports Chicago.
Taliaferro's teams are noted for their aggressive, attacking style offense.
Her teams are usually quick and well disciplined. In 2001, the Illini
finished second in the Big Ten in shots, goals scored and goals per game
A United States Soccer Federation 'B' Licensed Coach, who also holds a
National Youth License, Taliaferro went to Illinois from the Soccer Academy,
Inc. in Manassas, Va., where she served as a senior instructor under former
National Team assistant coach John Ellis. During her time at the academy,
Taliaferro traveled throughout the United States teaching technical and
tactical methods to players at clinics in preparation for the Olympic
Development Programs (ODP).
Additional responsibilities at the academy included coaching at residential
and day camps for youth and adult teaching sessions. She also assisted youth
head coaches, holding sessions on how to run efficient practices. At
Maryland, Taliaferro was a four-year starter from 1992-95. During her senior
year, she led the Terps to the program's most successful season in school
history and the team's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1995. The
Terps finished second in the ACC Tournament in 1995 to No. 1 ranked and
eventual NCAA champion North Carolina, falling, 3-0. Maryland, ranked No. 9
at the time, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to
the NCAA Regional finals before losing to No. 2 ranked and national
Maryland finished the 1995 season with an 18-6 overall record and was ranked
No. 6 in the final ISAA poll. While at Maryland, Taliaferro played for April
Heinrichs, who is currently serving as the head coach of the U.S. women's
Additional team accomplishments included the Terps opening the 1995 season
with a school-record eight consecutive victories and recording a
program-best four ACC victories. The team's back-to-back victories over No.
15 Clemson and No. 9 North Carolina State in the ACC Tournament marked the
first time in the 10-year history of the program that Maryland defeated
ranked teams in consecutive games. Against North Carolina State in the ACC
Tournament semifinals, Taliaferro scored the game's only goal to boost the
Terps to the finals.
One of the top attacking defenders in the ACC, Taliaferro earned Maryland's
Most Valuable Player award in 1994 after leading the Terps in scoring and
totaling a career-best 14 points. She also was named the MVP of the 1994
George Mason/Lanzera Invitational Tournament. Taliaferro was a member of the
Soccer Academy United squad, which won the 1996 women's open national
championship. She also played for the Baltimore Bays in the United States
Women's Independent Soccer League from 1993-94.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Taliaferro helped lead the Dallas Sting Soccer
Club to the 1990 and 1991 Dallas Cup Championships. Her team also won the
state championship and finished second at Regionals in 1989. Taliaferro
earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Maryland in 1995.
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