Harold Warren, a member of the 2007 national championship coaching staff at USC, was named head coach of the UAB women's soccer program on December 29, 2010.
Warren took over a UAB program that had been guided for 15 years by Paul Harbin, who retired following the 2010 season.
After leading the Blazers to an 8-29-1 record in his first two seasons on campus, Warren completed a turnaround season in 2013 as he led UAB to an 11-7-2 record. It marked just the seventh season in which the Green and Gold reached 11 wins, dating back to the inaugural season in 1996.
In 2014, Warren guided three Blazers to All-Conference USA selections, led by Mary Catherine Combs and Morgan Key-Adams’ selection to the second team, while Amy Brewer was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
One of the highlights of 2014 was three-straight shutouts by the Blazers in the middle portion of the schedule. The Green and Gold posted seven goals vs. Chattanooga, the most in a single game in a decade, and held the Mocs shotless up until the 75th minute of play.
UAB went on to shut out UTSA, 5-0, and UTEP, 2-0, in league play. Off the field, Johanna Liney was a 2014 C-USA All-Academic Second Team selection.
In 2013, UAB reached the 10-win plateau for the first time since the 2009 season, and 2013 marked the fifth 10-win season for the program since 2000. Four Blazers also earned All-Conference USA Honors, as senior Jasmine Kauka and sophomore Paige Hanks earned All-Conference Third Team honors, while Morgan-Key Adams and Kimberly Fincher earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
While a member of the coaching staff at USC, Warren helped turn the Trojans into one of the most successful programs in the nation. One of Warren's primary responsibilities with was working with the defense.
The Trojans captured the 2007 NCAA Championship, finishing with a 20-3-2 record as they recorded 15 shutouts and allowed only 13 goals during the season.
In the four years Warren was on staff at USC, the Trojans earned berths in the NCAA Tournament each of those seasons while compiling a cumulative record of 61-20-10.
"We are truly excited to have a coach the caliber of Harold Warren coming on board to lead our women's soccer program," said Director of Athletics Brian Mackin. "He has been around successful programs throughout his career and has had an integral role in the success USC has experienced, including winning a national championship."
Prior to joining the staff at USC, Warren spent four seasons at the University of Arizona. He helped the Wildcats to an NCAA Third Round appearance in 2005. In his four seasons with the Wildcats, Arizona posted a 40-35-7 overall mark.
Before arriving at Arizona, Warren served one year as an assistant at UC Irvine in 2002, where he was also responsible for directing the UC Irvine Soccer Academy.
From 2001-03, Warren was the assistant coach for the California Olympic Development Program's 16-17 age group, and was an ODP scout for Southern California male and female talent.
Warren spent 17 years coaching at the club level for boys and girls teams ranging from 10-19. He won league championships with Riverside Soccer Club and Long Beach Sidekicks, and helped the West Coast Stingers to a Surf Cup semifinal. From 1991-92, he was the head coach for the boys varsity team at Savanna High School in Anaheim.
He has remained involved in club and ODP coaching, heading up the `89 Arizona ODP and the U-15 Arizona Rush Nike Team while in Tucson. He also is a U.S. Soccer Federation licensed coach.
As a player, Warren was a defender and a forward at Riverside Community College before transferring to Cal State Fullerton in 1989. He then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona, where he graduated with a bachelor's of science in communications in 2002.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Brian Mackin and SWA Derita Ratcliffe for giving me the opportunity to be the second head women's soccer coach in the history of the program," said Warren. "I'm completely honored and blessed with this opportunity. I've worked hard my entire coaching career and being the head women's soccer coach at UAB is a dream come true.
"I'm extremely excited about being the head women's soccer coach. Paul Harbin has done a tremendous job over the last 15 years and I just want to build upon that and take the program to the next level.
"I feel that this program will be a force to reckon with," said Warren. "UAB is a top-notch institution of higher learning, in the great City of Birmingham, and has an unbelievable athletic department with all the support we need to be successful on a national level."
His coach at USC, Ali Khosroshahin, said he has no doubt Warren is ready to lead his own program.
"Harold has been ready for this opportunity for a long time," said Khosroshahin, who has been USC's head coach for four seasons. "When I became the head coach at SC, Harold was at Arizona and the first call I made was to him about joining our program. He has a great handle on recruiting nationally. UAB is getting one of the best coaches in the country. I'm disappointed he is leaving our program, but I am also extremely excited for Harold."