Location: Off main gym
Education: BA in History, Wheaton '93
When it comes to Trinity Western women’s soccer, Graham Roxburgh is the man behind the magic.
Since Roxburgh took over as head coach in 1999, he has guid¬ed the Spartans to four CIS National Championships (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2012), five Canada West gold medals (2004, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012) and a record of 160-66-38 in CIS play.
This past season, in 2012, Roxburgh coached the Spartans to their most decorative season in program history. Roxburgh guided TWU to a program best 11-1-0 regular season record, and then went on to win the Canada West playoff banner and the CIS championship.
He was the CIS Coach of the Year in 2011 and the Canada West Coach of the Year in both 2009 – when his team posted an 18-2-1 record, won the Canada West league title, the Can¬ada West playoff banner and capped the year by winning the national championship – and 2011, after he led the Spartans to a 12-1-1 regular season record, which included a 15-game undefeated streak going into the CIS national championship.
Roxburgh has twice been named the head coach for Canada’s women’s soccer team at the FISU Games. In 2009, in Serbia, his team finished seventh and in 2011 in China, his team fin¬ished fifth.
Roxburgh’s teams have also been of the ground breaking va¬riety at TWU as the 2004 CIS National Championship was the first of its kind for the university. That team was also named Sport BC Team of the Year and BC Soccer Team of the Year. Prior to that, in their first year in the CIS, the Spartans women’s soccer team earned a Canada West silver medal, which was the first conference medal Trinity Western had ever earned.
Roxburgh first came to Trinity Western University in 1993 as an assistant to coach Alan Alderson with the men’s soccer pro¬gram. At the time he was working for Athletes in Action and had just graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois) with a BA in History and Biblical Studies. He was later recommended to take over the women’s program and was hired as head coach in 1998. The fall of 1999 marked his first season with the team, only three years after women’s soccer became a varsity sport.
In 2000, Roxburgh guided the women to a 6-3-1 record and was named BCCAA Coach of the Year. He has coached the AIA Senior Men’s Team (which competes in the PCSL) since 1996 and now serves as the general manager and technical director for the Fraser Valley Action, an AIA club team within the PCSL.
With Athletes in Action, Roxburgh has coached and played against several national teams from around the world includ¬ing Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, South Africa, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and Croatia.