Paul Ratcliffe - Women's Head Coach
Paul Ratcliffe is the most successful coach in more than 100 years of Stanford soccer, among men or women.
In 12 seasons as head coach, the Stanford women have won one national championship, reached three NCAA finals, won four Pac-12 titles, played in five College Cups, and reached the NCAA third round the past eight seasons.
Ratcliffe, who has never failed to direct the Cardinal to the NCAA tournament, now is Stanford's winningest soccer coach, with a 194-43-21 record (.793) on The Farm. Ratcliffe has more victories than any other coach in Stanford men's or women's soccer history. The men's soccer program began in 1911 and the women's in 1984.
He also is the most successful in the postseason, with a 30-9-2 record in NCAA playoff action. His Stanford teams have an ongoing streak of 21 consecutive NCAA tournament victories at home.
Ratcliffe is a five-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and three-time NSCAA national Coach of the Year. After Stanford finished 15-6-1 in 2013, his record in 16 years as a collegiate head coach, including five at Saint Mary’s, is 249-77-28 (.743).
In 2011, he led Stanford to its first NCAA women's soccer championship, and a third consecutive NCAA final.
Some of the numbers under Ratcliffe are among the most incredible in NCAA Division I women’s soccer history. Stanford had a 73-match unbeaten streak (70-0-3) from 2008-13 for the second-longest such streak in NCAA annals. The Cardinal also won 44 consecutive conference matches during the same span for the third-longest streak ever. Also impressive was Stanford’s 162-match unbeaten streak when scoring a goal, a stretch that lasted from 2006-13. And Stanford had a 64-match regular-season unbeaten streak from 2008-12.
Four of Ratcliffe’s former players competed in the 2012 London Olympics and six appeared in the 2011 World Cup -- no other school claimed as many players in either competition as Stanford.
Just as impressive is the level of talent that has come through the program, headlined by these national players of the year: Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy winners Teresa Noyola (2011), Christen Press (2010) and Kelley O'Hara (2009), and 2011 Soccer America Player of the Year Lindsay Taylor.
At Stanford, Ratcliffe has coached five Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners, six players active on national teams, eight first-team NSCAA All-Americans (15 in all), 28 all-conference players, and 57 Pac-12 All-Academic selections.
Stanford has proven to be a complete team under Ratcliffe, consistently among the nation's top scoring teams and among the best defensively. In Ratcliffe's 11 seasons, Stanford has a combined goals-against average of 0.57, a figure that in itself would be among the best in the nation in any given season.
Before arriving at Stanford, Ratcliffe spent five seasons as head coach at Saint Mary's, leading the Gaels to a 55-34-7 overall record. He was a three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. In 2001, he earned West Region Coach of the Year honors when the Gaels - with only one senior in the starting lineup - reached their highest-ever national ranking of No. 7, had a 13-game win streak and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He would win four more regional coach of the year awards at Stanford.
Before coming to Moraga, Ratcliffe was an assistant at his alma mater, UCLA, from 1994-97. The Bruins posted an undefeated 1997 season, won the Pac-10 title and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Ratcliffe also served as UCLA's interim head coach from January through August of 1996.
Ratcliffe earned his National "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation in 1999. A 1994 UCLA graduate, Ratcliffe earned his degree in sociology with a specialization in business administration. Ratcliffe, a midfielder, was a four-year letterman, scoring 30 points in 73 matches, and was a member of the 1990 national championship team.
Ratcliffe was born in England and raised in Calabasas, Calif. He went on to play professionally for the Los Angeles United and Anaheim Splash of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in 1993 and 1994.
Ratcliffe and his wife, Amy, live at Stanford and have two daughters, Elena and Chloe.
Hideki Nakada - Women's Assistant Coach
Hideki Nakada, a goalkeeper at University of San Francisco and in Japan’s J-League, joined the Stanford women’s soccer coaching staff in April, 2014.
Nakada works with the goalkeepers and serves as Stanford’s scouting and video coordinator. He arrived from University of Oregon, where he was the program’s defensive coach and recruiting coordinator in 2013.
Nakada was born in Portugal, the home country of his mother, but grew up mostly in Japan, where his father was from. Nakada was active in the Japanese youth national team system and attended a boarding school that doubled as a soccer training academy.
When his parents relocated to Davis, Calif., because of a business opportunity, Nakada remained in Japan for a time, but then moved to the United States despite not knowing any English, and spent his senior year of high school in Davis.
Nakada played goalkeeper at University of San Francisco in 2001-02 and graduated from the Hilltop with a degree in sociology in 2005. In between, he spent three seasons playing professionally in Japan, two with Omiya Ardija (2002-04) and one with Kyoto Purple Sanga (2004-05).
His collegiate coaching career began with three seasons at Idaho State, and continued with four at Marquette, and one at Oregon, where the Ducks conceded only 22 goals in 19 matches.
As a Marquette assistant, the Golden Eagles made four NCAA appearances and won a Big East title while earning 17 shutouts in one season, reaching the third round of the NCAA tournament. Natalie Kulla was the conference Goalkeeper of the Year and finished as the school record-holder in career shutouts (43) and goals-against average (0.74). While at Idaho State, the Bengals won Big Sky regular season and tournament honors to advance to the NCAA playoffs.