Laurel Simpson-Roderick, a former all-conference player at BYU, is in her fifth year as an assistant coach at Utah. Before making the jump to college coaching, she worked with the Celtic Storm Soccer Club and the Timpview High School girls' team from 1999-2001.
While coaching at Timpview with Jim Davis, Simpson-Roderick helped lead the team to regional championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Timpview also placed second in the state in `01.
As a four-year starter at Brigham Young University, Simpson-Roderick was an all-WAC selection in 1996, `97, and `98, and was named to the NSCAA/Umbro West Region third team twice. The defender was also a team captain as a junior and senior. Simpson-Roderick was honored as a Cougar Club Scholar Athlete and graduated in 1999 with a degree in sociology. She received her law degree from BYU in April of 2004.
In addition to her collegiate career, Simpson-Roderick was an all-conference performer at Capistrano High School (Calif.). She also played on the S.C. Blues club team in San Capistrano, Calif., which utilized Rich Manning as an instructor.
Simpson-Roderick, 28, is a native of Laguna Niguel, Calif. She is married to Aaron Roderick, who is an assistant football coach at Utah and played at BYU.