The Mills College Athletics, PE, and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the hiring of a new head soccer coach, Lilia Dosalmas. Dosalmas will lead the soccer program after two years at Mills. She was promoted to the head coaching position after serving as Interim Head Coach in the 2015-2016 season and as an assistant coach in 2014-2015.
Prior to coming to Mills she worked on the coaching staff at various colleges in the Bay area. Most recently she served as the head coach at Merritt College, leading the inaugural season of the women’s soccer program. Dosalmas has also coached at Diablo Valley Community College and Contra Costa Community College. In addition to collegiate coaching, she led the Albany High School girls’ soccer program for six years, leading her team to winning seasons and earning honors as the TCAL Rock Division Champions from 2013-2014 and a bid to the North Coast Section (NCS) from 2011-2014. Her team received the 2013 NCS Scholastic award and had the TCAL Division MVP Offensive Player(s) of the Year for four consecutive seasons, 2011-2014. In 2013, Dosalmas was honored with EBISOA Referee’s Association Coach of the Year award.
Other coaching experiences include assistant coach and trainer at Bay Oaks East Bay United Soccer Club, lead coach and instructor for the Pacific Soccer Training Academy, and head coach for the Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League. She has also worked for other local clubs including El Cerrito Spurs, Benicia Arsenal, and the West Contra Costa Youth Soccer League. Dosalmas holds a Master’s degree from the University of California Berkeley in Education through the Cultural Studies of Sport and Education program and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara. The Positive Coaching Alliance awarded her the Double Gold Coach Award and she has received national coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.