Bill Solberg, who led UH to a record-setting 2005 season, enters his seventh year heading up the UH soccer program.
Solberg, a standout collegiate midfielder, brought an attacking style of play with him to the Bayou City that paid dividends as UH set or tied 10 team records in 2005. The Cougars' offense tallied a 2.39 goals per game average, ranking 24th nationally.
Some of the records achieved in 2005 include team marks for points in a season (116), goals (43), points per game (6.44), goals per game (2.39), assists per game (1.67), shots (357), shots per game (19.83) and goals against average (1.10). The Cougars tied the team standards for shutouts (5) and ties (3).
The Cougars 8-7-3 campaign in 2005 marked one of the top-20 turnarounds in NCAA Division I soccer and the best in C-USA. UH made its first trip to the C-USA Championship in three years after a disappointing 5-14 mark in 2004.
Solberg tutored newcomer Sophia Mundy to a First-Team, All-C-USA season that saw her set several school records while ranking 24th nationally in goals per game (0.78) and 27th in points per game (1.83). She also became the first UH soccer player to be involved with the U.S. National Team, as she trained with the U-21 squad during the Spring of 2006.
Freshman Courtney Gaines also blossomed under Solberg's leadership, earning C-USA All-Freshman Team honors.
Perhaps the biggest example of Solberg's influence on the Cougars was on the defensive end of the field last year. Despite starting four freshmen on defense, UH allowed just 21 goals in 2005, the lowest total in school history. Solberg became head coach in 2000 and led UH to a 9-9-1 mark (5-5-1 C-USA) with his first two wins coming over UTEP and national-power Texas. UH tallied then-school-record marks with 40 goals on 268 shots. Both records stood until 2005.
Solberg-coached teams have made four appearances in the C-USA ChampionShip while 10 players have earned All C-USA honors and six have earned spots on the C-USA All-Freshman teams.
Solberg's squads are strong in the classroom as well, earning the highest team GPA of any UH athletics team. The Cougars had a 3.25 GPA in the Spring 2006 semester and earned a 3.19 GPA for the academic year.
Three student-athletes-Jennifer Dry, Sarah Fisher and Shelby Scott-earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for achieve a cumulate grade point above 3.75.
Last season, Fisher became the first UH soccer player to be named ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District VI.
Solberg earned the label of "up-and-coming head coach" in 2002, when he was chosen as a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III staff.
Solberg helped evaluate and select the best players in the state of Texas to compete on the regional squad. He also spent time coaching regional teams in competition against other regional groups, top-10 collegiate teams as well as talent from overseas.
Solberg has extensive experience teaching at some of the top camps in the Midwest, tutoring athletes at both the Steve Adlard Premier Soccer Camp and the First Touch Soccer Camp. He also has served as both a physical education and Spanish/theology instructor at Catholic schools in Wisconsin while continuing his coaching responsibilities in numerous leagues.
Solberg began coaching after closing out a superb playing career at Marquette University. Starting in all 87 career games from 1993-96, Solberg posted 42 points, netting 11 goals and assisting on 20 others.
He earned All-league honors four times as a midfielder, helping to lead the Golden Eagles to a 50-28-9 mark. He was named First Team, All-Great Lakes Region in 1995 and to the NSCAA All-Midwest team in 1996. He also captained the elite Brookfield Soccer Club and played on the FMI Soccer Club state championship team in 1993.
Solberg earned a bachelor's degree in education from Marquette in August of 1997. While finishing his schooling, Solberg worked as an assistant coach for the No. 11 ranked Marquette men's squad during the 1997 season.
In 1998, Solberg led the Milwaukee Kicker Nationals U-15 Girls Team to a state title while also assisting with the U-15 Boys Team. He also instructed the U-19 men's and women's teams as an Olympic Development assistant coach in Wisconsin.
A native of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Solberg enjoys rooting for his hometown teams, the Milwaukee Bucks, Brewers and Green Bay Packers. Solberg and his wife Cortney live in Houston.