(Editor’s note: MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – After one season serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the Montana State University Billings men’s soccer program, Scott Forster has been named the Yellowjackets’ women’s soccer assistant coach, the program announced on Monday.
“We are excited to hire someone with Scott’s experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the game and for impacting others,” said MSUB head coach Stephen Cavallo, who begins his third year in charge of the women’s program. “We believe Scott will bring a wealth of both coaching and life experience that will help guide and lead our student-athletes and program to new heights. I am looking forward to getting on the field with him and coaching this team together. He is a great addition to our coaching staff.”
“In life I have been lucky to experience plenty of learning, change, and growth,” said Forster, a native of Newcastle, England.
“Today I am delighted to continue that and accept the position of assistant women’s soccer coach at MSUB. I am grateful to Stephen Cavallo for the opportunity to support the program. I want to acknowledge Alex Balog for his help and direction during my time with the MSUB men’s soccer program and beyond.”
Forster has completed his Ph.D. and Honors degree in biological sciences and has significant experience coaching across ages and genders. Prior to his time at MSUB, Forster was executive director and director of coaching at the Liverpool International Academy in San Jose, California. Forster has developed nationally-ranked competitive travel teams and has created a youth program that has won several premier elite tournaments including NorCal State Cup at the Premier level.
Prior to this, he guided the San Jose State men’s club soccer team to its winningest season in history with the capture of the West Coast Soccer Association’s Open Cup. Several players from this group have gone on to further collegiate and professional success, including recognition for first team All-American, first team All-West Region, CCCAA NorCal Team of the Year, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Forward of the Year, and UPSL National Player of the Week honors. He holds advanced national and premier diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches and has been recognized for building team culture and the technical development of the competitive player.
Forster relocated to the United States in 2012 and has previously supported NCAA D2 Cal State East Bay as second assistant and worked with NPSL franchises in California. He is an English FA certified scout and holds voting rights for US Open cup “player of the round.”
“While I leave behind my club in Los Gatos, I want to thank Shaun Tsakiris for being an inspirational leader, educator, and mentor,” Forster said. “He has helped me push every day to be the best I can be. Moving to MSUB’s women’s soccer program is inspiring both academically and athletically. I can’t wait to make a difference.”
Forster replaces Sarah Leiby, who departed MSUB after two seasons as the assistant women’s soccer coach from 2017-18.
The Yellowjacket women’s soccer team begins its 2019 season with an exhibition match against Rocky Mountain College on August 23.