• SEATTLE – (Jan. 15) Seattle University women’s soccer has hired Chris Wells as an assistant coach for the 2018 season. Wells most recently served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Highline College for the last five years.

“We feel very fortunate and grateful to have Chris on our staff,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “He is an incredible person whose personality fits well with the values we hold true in our program. He is incredibly hard-working and an exceptional recruiter. I know he will help contribute towards taking our program to the next level.”

Wells helped Highline to a Northwest Athletic Conference title in 2017, as the team went 19-0-1. The Thunderbirds won at least 14 games in each of Wells’ five seasons with the team.

As head coach of the Seattle Stars last season, Wells was named 2017 Northwest Premier League Coach of the Year after guiding the Stars to a 9-1-0 record and a regular season title. Prior to that stint, Wells was a volunteer assistant with the Seattle Reign for three seasons. The Reign won two National Women’s Soccer League Shields in his tenure.

Woodward will enter her 22nd season at SU in 2018. The Redhawks tallied a winning record for an eighth straight year and advanced to the WAC Championship game in 2017. They set a conference record with a 24-game WAC regular season unbeaten streak and tied a WAC mark with 15 straight conference regular season wins.