Trojans open the season on Friday at 5 p.m. PT vs. Long Beach State in San Diego.
Under first-year head coach Keidane McAlpine, the Trojans are looking to make a splash in 2014.
First-year head coach Keidane McAlpine and his staff bring in their first recruiting class.
USC women's soccer head coach Keidane McAlpine has chosen his second assistant coach, Jason Lockhart, to be a part of the new Trojan soccer dynasty for the upcoming 2014 season.
Lockhart saddles up for USC after previously serving under McAlpine at Washington State, where the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice in his two-year span as volunteer assistant coach.
Head coach McAlpine and assistant coach Jen Klein are both looking forward to the addition of Lockhart to the Trojan coaching staff.
"Jason has a very good ability to simplify the game for players," McAlpine said. "His talent as a teacher will definitely help raise the standard of our team."
Under the command of McAlpine and his Washington State coaching staff, which included Klein and Lockhart, the Cougars tied the program record for victories with a 14-3-4 mark, while the team and players set or tied 27 school records. The Cougars finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation defensively with only 11 goals allowed. In 2012, the Cougars went 6-4-1 in Pac-12 play and finished up 12-6-2 overall.
Lockhart has coached at many levels. A few of his previous clubs include Birmingham United Soccer Association, where he worked alongside McAlpine. The two Alabama natives have known each other since childhood, and have climbed the coaching ranks through the club and collegiate coaching levels as both colleagues and as rivals.
"We have been friends our entire lives, and we started coaching together just after college with youth teams, and working in the same club team," McAlpine said. "It's special to have a friend and such a quality teacher of the game come with us from WSU to USC. There's a level of comfort there that can't be matched."