2004 & 2006 NSCAA National Coach of the Year
2004, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2015 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
2008 California Community College Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee
Tim Vom Steeg is in his 18th season as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer program. He was named NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year by the NSCAA for the second time after leading UCSB to the program's first national championship in 2006 and most recently picked up his fifth Big West Coach of the Year award following the 2015 season.
Under his watch, the men's soccer program has had by far its highest and most consistent level of success. Since his hiring in 1999, UCSB has won 11 Big West Championships, been to the postseason 14 times, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen seven times, played in two College Cups, been the NCAA's attendance champion nine times, and won the 2006 National Championship.
This past season, the Gauchos won their fourth consecutive Big West North title with a 6-1-3 league record. UCSB went 10-7-3 overall, made it to the Big West Tournament, and saw star striker Nick DePuy selected in the first round of the MLS Draft by the Montreal Impact.
With Vom Steeg at the helm, UCSB had another successful season in 2015. The Gauchos won the Big West regular season championship, their third consecutive North Division title, earned a No. 15 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the Sweet 16. Vom Steeg was voted as the Big West Coach of the Year after the regular season for a record fifth time.
In 2005, Vom Steeg became the UCSB career victory leader after surpassing Andy Kuenzli (1981-89) with his 96th win as the Gauchos defeated UC Davis in double overtime on Oct. 26. He went on to become the first coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau after he led that squad to a 2-0 victory over San Diego State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. In his 15 years at UCSB, Vom Steeg has comprised a 208-84-33 overall record.
Vom Steeg picked up his 200th career Division I win with a 3-1 defeat of Yale on Sep. 20, 2013.
On Oct. 2, 2009, Vom Steeg became the Big West's winningest coach (during conference membership) when the Gauchos defeated visiting Indiana, 3-0, at Harder Stadium. Since the Gauchos rejoined the Big West in 2001, Vom Steeg has led the team to 175 wins. He also leads the conference's coaches with 84 Big West wins.
After leading UCSB to its first NCAA College Cup appearance and final in 2004, Vom Steeg earned his first NCAA National Coach of the Year award. He also garnered NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors that season, and again in 2006, after leading the Gauchos to the NCAA title, just the second in UCSB Athletics history.
Vom Steeg has been honored as the Big West Coach of the Year on four other occasions: 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2013. Additionally, he garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Coach of the Year accolades during his first season with UCSB after guiding Santa Barbara to a 10.5-game improvement on their 1998 record, the best turnaround in the NCAA at the Division I level that year.
Since taking over the helm of the men's soccer program in 1999, he has coached numerous players who are currently playing professional soccer, including several in Major League Soccer. With just one All-American to come out of UCSB prior to his arrival, Vom Steeg has produced a total of 18 – including two Freshmen All-Americans – in addition to the Big West's Offensive Player of the Year seven of the last 13 years. He has also coached five conference Goalkeepers of the Year, has produced the Big West's Defensive Player of the Year in seven of the last eight seasons, and the league’s Midfielder of the Year in five of the last six years.
Vom Steeg guided Santa Barbara to its first ever Big West Conference Championship in 2001, his third season with the program, and led the Gauchos to a 13-7-0 record in his first year at the helm of the UCSB men's soccer program in 1999. He has since led the team to 14 winning seasons, including the last 13.
Vom Steeg achieved a milestone in 2002, guiding Santa Barbara to its first ever NCAA Tournament and posting its first tourney victory in the process. Since then, UCSB has recorded a 17-9-2 overall record in NCAA tourney play, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011, to the national title match in 2004 and 2006, and the NCAA Championship in 2006.
Prior to his return to UCSB, Vom Steeg was the head coach at Santa Barbara City College, where he amassed an impressive 121-18-4 (.860) overall record from 1992 through 1998, leading the Vaqueros to five Western State Conference Championships and a 1996 California Community College State Championship. In addition, SBCC reached the State Final Four on four occasions under Vom Steeg, most recently in his final season, 1998. Vom Steeg was a five-time WSC Coach of the Year honoree during his seven-year tenure and was also named State Coach of the Year in 1996 and NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year in 1997. In 2008, Vom Steeg was elected to the California Community College Coaches Hall of Fame after his stellar coaching career at SBCC.
Vom Steeg played at UCSB from 1985 to 1988, and graduated in 1989 with a B.A. in history. He received his master's degree from UCSB in 2000. He has also earned his USSF National "B" Coaching License.
Vom Steeg resides in Santa Barbara and is married to Almeria Vom Steeg. They have four sons: Justin, Carson, and twins Caden and Jared.