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Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Ryan Higginbotham 

Higginbotham has been the associate head coach at TCU since January 2012 and serves as the program’s top recruiting assistant. In his first season on campus, he helped guide the women’s program to new heights in the ultra-competitive Big 12 Conference. This past season, the team made history after advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the 27-year history of the program.

Higginbotham previously held a position as the assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at the University of Akron from March 2006 to June 2007. While with the Zips, he coached eight all-conference players, including the MAC Most Valuable Player and an NSCAA All-American. Of his two recruiting classes at Akron, the Zips welcomed three US Youth National Team members, one Canadian Youth National Team member and a former Arsenal (England) youth player. In addition, Higginbotham also coached the men’s soccer program at Furman University, helping the Paladins to four Southern Conference regular season championships and three league tournament crowns.

Throughout his coaching career, Higginbotham has recruited and developed numerous players that have gone on to play for profes- sional clubs across the world. Some of his top recruits currently in the MLS include Clint Dempsey, star forward for the Seattle Sound- ers and former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team; Ricardo Clark, integral player for the Houston Dynamo; Drew Moor, defender for Toronto FC; and Ben Zemanski and Darlington Nagbe, who both play for the Portland Timbers.

Assistant Coach

Sebastian Vecchio

Vecchio is in his second season as assistant coach for the TCU women’s soccer team after spending the past five seasons in a similar role at Vanderbilt. He has also served coaching stints at Rice and at his alma mater, Memphis.

Vecchio's impact on the TCU program was immediate as he guided a trio of goalkeepers to the fourth-best goals against average (1.06) in program history.

In five seasons with the Commodores, Vecchio's goalkeepers posted 22 shutouts. At the same time, the school's recruiting profile has quickly rose thanks in part to Vecchio's tireless work ethic. His 2013 recruiting class was ranked No. 25 nationally.

His tenure at Vanderbilt saw him mentor two NSCAA All Regions players, two All-SEC selections, four SEC All-Freshmen team members, one Academic All American, one Scholar Athlete of the Year, three SEC community service awards, 32 SEC Academic Honor roll and several SEC player of the week honors.

Vecchio joined the Commodores after a one-year stop at Rice. He trained goalkeepers for the Owls while assisting in the coordination of the program's recruiting efforts. Vecchio was also responsible for scheduling and budget management.

Prior to coaching at Rice, Vecchio was the assistant and goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, from 2005 to 2009. In four seasons with the Tigers, Vecchio's goalkeepers combined to post 33 shutouts and 54 victories.

In the summer of 2009, Vecchio served as the interim assistant director of coaching for the Alabama Youth Soccer Association in Birmingham while assisting in the Olympic Development Program.

As a player, Vecchio was a two-year starter for the Tigers after transferring to Memphis from Mid-Continent College in Kentucky. He allowed just 12 goals in over 1,500 minutes of play during the 2004 season, for a school record 0.69 goals-against average, en route to being named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-Conference USA selection. The native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, ended his Tiger career with a school-low 1.02 goals-against average and 21 wins in two seasons.

After completing his playing career with the Memphis men's soccer team in 2004, Vecchio stepped over into the coaching ranks with the women's program as an assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers. He also assisted with recruiting.

Vecchio earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Memphis in 2005 and a bachelor's in sports and leisure management in 2008. Out of the classroom, he has a USSF National C. License and NSCAA National Goalkeeping diploma.

Prior to his collegiate playing days, Vecchio played with the Argentina U-16 National Team.