Heather Dyche enters her second season at The University of New Mexico after leading the Lobos to the Mountain West Tournament semifinals and a 10-8-2 mark in her inaugural campaign.
Dyche, an Albuquerque native, is the third coach in Lobos women's soccer history to begin her career with double-digit victories, which included a 7-3-1 record in Mountain West Conference play.
On top of having five All-MW selections, Dyche’s team was also a success in the classroom. Her team posted an average fall 2015 grade point average of 3.59, a 0.10 jump from the year before. Two local seniors, Cassie Ulrich from Rio Rancho, N.M., and Alyssa Coonrod from Albuquerque, N.M., were named to the 2015 CoSIDA/Academic All-District VII Team.
Along with leading the Lobos, Dyche traveled to Brazil this summer to assist the U.S. Women's National Team during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games - assisting with scouting and analyzing opponents.
Dyche is also a coach, instructor and scout with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Dyche is an assistant coach for the US Youth National Team U14 and U15 Girls. There, Dyche is granted the opportunity to identify and work with the most talented U15 soccer players in the country and the core of the US team that will compete in the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. She also serves on the USSF instructional staff, instructing USSF B- and USSF C-licensed national coaching schools across the country.
Dyche's footprint at the elite level spans past the national stage, as she has also assisted for national teams from Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada.
Dyche serves on the instructional staff for The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). As the only female of the CONCACAF educational board, Dyche teaches C, D and grassroots courses in order while developing and writing content for all women’s grassroots programs.
Dyche is a US Youth Region IV ODP head coach. There, she coaches the team at Olympic Development Interregional events and identifies top players in the region to participate in the Olympic Development Program Regional Team.
Finally, she is also the co-founder and head coach of LEAD Academy (Leadership and Empowerment through Athletic Development Soccer) – an all-girls soccer leadership training school located here in Albuquerque.
Dyche’s New Mexico soccer roots are as extensive as her résumé is.
Prior to joining the University of New Mexico, Dyche was a presenter at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/U.S. Youth National Conference in 2013 and at the U.S. Soccer National Symposium in 2011.
She has coached more than 60 players who have gone on to collegiate soccer programs. She has coached multiple state and regional champion club teams in New Mexico. Dyche was the NMYSA Coach of the Year in 2008 with the Rio 95G Magic. She served as the associate head coach and team captain of the now-defunct Albuquerque Asylum of the Women’s Premier Soccer League from 2006-07.
She is a 1997 graduate of Eldorado High School and was a four-year All-State defender, a two-time district player of the year and the 1996 Defensive Player of the Year. She also played basketball for the Eagles and was a first-team all-state performer 2 years.
Dyche accepted a soccer scholarship to the University of Nebraska and was a participant on the No. 4-ranked women’s soccer program in the nation.
She transferred to Florida State and played there from 1998-2001, serving as the team captain her senior year. The Seminoles participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2001 and was ranked as high as No. 9 in the country during her time there. She was on the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament Team in 2001 and was an on the ACC Academic Honor Roll all four of her years there.
Dyche got her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Child Development, accumulating a 3.8 grade-point average. She then earned a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration, achieving a 3.84 grade-point average.
She went on to play with ROA Norway -- a semi-professional soccer team in 2004-05 -- helping the squad win the Norwegian League Championship in ’04.
Dyche comes to UNM with an impressive list of licensing credentials. She earned a USSF National A License in 2010, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma in 2013, a CONCACAF D License in 2013 and a U.S. Youth Soccer Association National Youth License in 2010.