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Associate Head Coach - Trevor Wachsman

Trevor Wachsman (pronounced Walks-man) is entering his seventh season at Utah State. Hired prior to the 2010 season, he was promoted to associate head coach in 2012.

Wachsman handles all the video aspects of the program from video exchange to scouting. He also works with head coach Heather Cairns to handle recruiting and the tactical aspects of the game.

The 2015 Aggie squad finished the year at 10-8-2, going 5-5-1 in Mountain West play. Under Wachsman and the staff's direction, forward Jessica Brooksby and midfielder Wesley Hamblin earned all-Mountain West honors, while Brooksby was named to the NSCAA all-Pacific Region third team.

Wachsman helped lead the 2014 squad to a 10-8-2 record, while finishing 6-4-1 in league action. The Aggies ended the year in fifth-place in the league, ending the season in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Tournament in a loss to Colorado College. Defender Taryn Rose was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year at the conclusion of the season.

In 2013, Wachsman helped guide USU to a 10-7-5 record and a 5-3-2 conference mark in its first season in the Mountain West. The fifth-seeded Aggies advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament before falling to eventual champion San Diego State.

Wachsman and the Aggies reached the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season in 2012 with a 13-3-6 overall record and a 6-0-2 mark in their final season in the Western Athletic Conference. In 2012, defender Natalie Norris earned her third-straight WAC Defensive Player of the Year award. In 2011, USU ended the season with a 15-5-2 overall record and a 5-1-1 WAC record. The Aggies won both the WAC regular season and tournament titles as well as advancing to their first NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Wachsman helped lead Utah State to a share of its second WAC regular season title in three seasons. The Aggies were 9-7-5 and 5-2-1 in WAC play with Norris earning WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Prior to his current position, Wachsman spent seven seasons (2003-09) as the head coach at Missouri Southern, an NCAA Division II school located in Joplin, Mo. He ended his tenure as the winningest coach in Lions history. He led the team to its first-ever national ranking and appearance in an NCAA Division II Regional when the team went 11-4-5 in 2006 and finished in second-place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 9-2-3 mark.

Wachsman led the Lions to three-straight 11-win seasons from 2005-07. After an inaugural campaign of 3-13-4, he helped lead the fifth-best turnaround in Division II history as the 2004 team went 10-8-2 to place third in the MIAA.

His Missouri Southern squads experienced much of the same success in the classroom as Utah State. The Lions received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for six-straight seasons, while the Aggies have earned the same award 13 consecutive seasons.

In all, Wachsman coached 37 all-conference players, the MIAA Most Valuable Player (2005), MIAA Freshman of the Year (2005), one NSCAA All-America, two NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans, one Daktronics All-American and had nine players named NSCAA All-Region while the head coach at Missouri Southern.

Prior to Missouri Southern, Wachsman was an assistant coach at Northern Colorado, where he helped the Bears compile a record of 28-12-1 and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament both years. In 2001, Northern Colorado posted a 15-7 overall record and made it to the Round of 16 in the national tournament. In 2002, UNC finished 13-5-1.

While at Northern Colorado, Wachsman assisted head coach Tim Barrera with all aspects of the program, including practice, game-planning, coaching, recruiting, fundraising and monitoring student-athletes academic progress. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, he also served as strength coach for the team, establishing an offseason fitness, weight, speed and power training program. With Wachsman's assistance, Northern Colorado produced one NSCAA All-American and had several national and regional award-winners, both athletically and academically.

Wachsman holds a National "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation, as well as an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA. He previously worked as administrative director/staff coach at the Steamboat Soccer Academy in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Wachsman earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Fort Lewis College (Colo.) in 2000 and his master's degree in physical education/kinesiology in December of 2002 from Northern Colorado. He and his wife, Tiffany, have one son, Alik.


Goalkeeper Coach - Molli Sorenson

Utah State soccer is bringing a familiar face back to its coaching staff, as head coach Heather Cairns has announced Molli (Merrill) Sorenson is returning to the sideline as an assistant coach.

In her role, Sorenson will have duties with every aspect of the team, primarily focusing on the goalkeepers.
"We are excited to welcome Molli back," Cairns said. "Her influence is stamped all over our program from when she was a player and from her previous stint as an assistant coach. She has a high soccer IQ and a proven ability to mentor. Both myself and the team are looking forward to working with her again."

Sorenson spent three seasons as a full-time assistant for the Aggies from 2013-15. The year before, she served as a volunteer undergraduate assistant after completing her four-year playing career. She spent the last year as a family and consumer science teacher at Cottonwood High School in Murray, Utah.

"I am so excited to be back in Logan coaching again. I have missed working with the incredible players, coaches and staff at Utah State and I can't wait to return to Cache Valley and pick up where I left off," Sorenson said. "I am grateful to coach Cairns for the opportunity to return to the greatest school in the country. Go Aggies!"

In her prior stint with the Aggies, Sorenson coached the goalkeeper group through several successful seasons. Among the corps she worked with were Ashlyn Mulford and Jeannie Woller, who, along with Sorenson, hold many of the top spots in the Utah State goalkeeping record books. Through her four seasons working with the keepers, the USU defense allowed an average of 19.5 goals per year, highlighted by a program-low 13 goals allowed in 2012.

Sorenson had a stellar career as an Aggie, as she holds two career records and is ranked in the top-five in two other categories. She is the career leader in goalkeeper minutes played, ending her career with 5,716 minutes in the net. She is also the all-time leader in shutouts with 23. Sorenson ranks second all-time in goals against average (0.90) and is fourth in career saves (221). She was named the MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament, as USU won its first-ever WAC title with the championship game win against Fresno State. She earned first-team all-WAC honors as a senior in 2011, after leading USU to a 5-1-1 conference record, ending league action with a 0.28 GAA. Merrill also earned WAC all-tournament honors in 2009. She also earned six WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors during her storied career.

Sorenson earned her bachelor’s degree from Utah State in family and consumer science education in 2013, followed by her master’s degree in physical and sport education in 2016.