Jessica Costello takes the reigns from Ken Fox to lead Tacoma Women's Soccer
Former Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, Jessica Costello has been named Interim Head Coach for the Women’s Soccer program for the 2011-12 season. Jessica has been selected to replace former Head Coach Ken Fox who stepped down after the 2010-11 season after 6 seasons at the helm of the Titan Women’s Soccer program.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Jessica started playing soccer at the age of 5. She played for Norpoint Soccer Club until the age of 18 and was a member of the Norpoint 87 team that went undefeated in Division 2 and won the U-19 State Championship in 2006, coached by Phil and Olivia Jackson. Growing up, she traveled to Sweden and Denmark as a part of Benson Soccer, a highly successful international youth soccer program, that participated in youth tournaments, “Gothia Cup and Dana Cup.”
While attending Stadium High school, Jessica was a starter for the Varsity Soccer team, placing 2nd in state her junior year. After graduating high school in 2006, she earned her Associates degree in Arts and Sciences from Tacoma Community College. She was a member of the TCC Women’s Soccer team which reached the quarterfinals of the NWAACC’s both years. Her sophomore year, Jessica was named to the NWAACC All-Star team. She then earned an athletic scholarship at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. Jessica recently earned her WSYSA State D License in May of 2010 and will be obtaining her National D license in May of 2011. She is also a referee, and has done all types of games through the last ten years.
“Jessica comes highly recommended by Ken & we are confident she will continue the great tradition here at TCC,” states Athletic Director, Carl Howell.
Ken Fox announced that he was stepping down as Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer program after the 2010 season to have more time to devote to his faculty position and youth club coaching.
Ken took over as the Head Women’s Coach in 2004. Since that time, the TCC women have won two Western Region Championships (2005, 2009) and have made two trips to the NWAACC Final Four (2004, 2009).
During Ken’s seven-year tenure, the women’s soccer team has finished in first or second place in the western region six times and has advanced to the quarter finals or semifinals five times.
Recent graduates from Ken’s programs have moved on to play in colleges in Oregon, Washington, Iowa, and Arkansas. Other athletes have moved on to technical programs in physical therapy, pharmacy, nursing, education and accounting.
Although Ken has turned over the head coaching position to his former assistant coach Jessie Costello, he will remain involved with the TCC team. He intends to be an assistant coach with the program and use his expertise to work with the goalkeepers.
“We really appreciate all that Ken has done to make our soccer program one of the finest in the NWAACC. He was certainly one of the premier soccer coaches in the Northwest,” stated Athletic Director Carl Howell.