Soccer

Jane Alukonis named new USC women’s soccer head coach

The former UCLA assistant will be the fifth head coach in the 29-year history of the program.

New USC women's soccer head coach Jane Alukonis wearing a Duke shirt during her time as the Blue Devils' director of operations.

Former UCLA assistant coach Jane Alukonis was announced Thursday as the new USC women’s soccer head coach in a statement from Athletic Director Mike Bohn. Alukonis will take over for Keidane McAlpine, who accepted the head coaching position at Georgia back in November.

“We are excited to welcome Jane Alukonis to the Trojan Family,” Bohn said. “As a talented athlete and coach, Jane brings a winning pedigree and the highest level of competitiveness to our program.”

“I am deeply grateful to USC Athletics for bringing me into the Trojan Family. I am ecstatic to join such a top-notch athletic and academic institution,” Alukonis said. “I have had the pleasure of watching USC soccer over the years and love how the players play the game — fearlessly, aggressively and with never-ending fight.

Alukonis served on current Orlando Pride head coach Amanda Crowmell’s staff at UCLA for the last four years, earning the title of assistant coach in 2020. The Bruins made the NCAA tournament each of those seasons – including one appearance in the College Cup in addition to winning two Pac-12 titles.

“Her familiarity with both the Pac-12 Conference and the California recruiting landscape is a tremendous asset as we aim to return to the podium as national champions,” Bohn said. “She arrives at USC highly recommended by her industry peers and by our current players who participated in the search process.”

In 2020 – Alukonis’ first official season as assistant coach – the UCLA coaching staff took home Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year, an honor her current staff at USC garnered this season.

Alukonis also spent two years at her alma mater Duke – where she made the ACC Honor Roll four times – as Director of Operations.

“Los Angeles is a premier destination for soccer, and I believe USC can be the nation’s most elite women’s soccer program. We are thrilled that Jane will be leading us in that pursuit, and we will provide the support and resources that are needed to accomplish our goals.”