Pepperdine University Profile

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The Pepperdine Waves women's soccer team ranks among the elite of NCAA Division 1 programs. That strong women's soccer program coupled with great academics, a stunning campus with views of the Pacific Ocean, and the University's emphasis on Christian values creates a unique opportunity for young women seeking this as their college environment.

Since assuming the head coaching position in 1998, Coach Tim Ward has led the Waves to 12 winning seasons and 7 NCAA Tournament berths, including two Sweet 16 appearances. Having started as an assistant coach in 1994, only one year after the program was founded, Coach Ward has essentially been part of the Waves since its inception. The fit with an academically selective program comes natural to Coach Ward, who earned his bachelor's degree from Cal Lutheran, graduating magna cum laude while majoring in biology and psychology.

Coach Ward's coaching philosophy will resonate with those talented players who appreciate the beautiful game. "I don't play 'not to lose'... I play to win! Within that framework, I believe that attacking possession soccer is at the heart of all great teams along with a relentless spirit toward individual and team defending. I love to win, but I can honestly say I am not afraid to lose. I want to win in style." Having amassed a 173-90-39 (.637) at the start of the 2013 season, Coach Ward has been consistently "winning in style" for years.

For a behind the scenes insight into Coach Ward's game style, see the included video.

About Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. While many colleges and universities were initially founded by religious organizations, Pepperdine is one of the few that has not taken a sectarian path. The University remains committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The Pepperdine campus, often chosen as the most beautiful in the U.S., sits on 830-acres near Malibu and overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Pepperdine has just over 3,000 undergraduate students. Admissions are competitive with SAT 25th-75th percentile range of 1680 to 2000, and an acceptance rate of around 38%.