The Team

The Utes are coming off their eighth NCAA tournament appearance in 2019. Utah was one of nine teams in the Pac-12 to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships after closing the year with a win over No. 21 Washington and Colorado.

The 2019 team was led by six senior starters that carried the bulk of minutes for Utah, including Tavia Leachman and Carly Nelson, named to the All-Pacific Region team.

After losing 14 letterwinners from a year ago, Utah will feature a reshaped team in the spring of 2021. Among the veterans, junior defender/midfielder Hailey Stodden started every game last season, while midfielders Courtney Talbot and Jessica Hixson both started 17 games.

Carly Nelson

Sophomore midfielder Hanah Olsen was a 5A All-State selection at Brighton High School. Junior forward Ann Escobedo played 10 games and started two in 2019, registering six shots. She scored the first goal of career for a game-winner versus San Diego. Junior Haley Farrar played seven games and notched two shots, one each against Utah State and Nevada.

Utah soccer added 10 freshmen to this year's squad. Hailey Povilus and Erin Bridges were teammates at East High School in Salt Lake City, while Taliana Kaufusi was another local standout at Highland High School.

Tavia Leachman

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Hailey Skolmoski

Fifth-leading goal scorer in Utah history

Two-time All-Pac-12 and All-Region performer

First team All-Pac-12 in 2016

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U23 Team Camp

Hailey Skolmoski and Tavia Leachman were invited to the 2017 U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team camp.

On the Road

Come along with the Utah soccer team as it enjoys life on the road throughout the Pac-12 and beyond.

Tour of Germany

Utah soccer traveled to Germany for three matches during a 10-day stretch in May 2017. The Utes traveled to a number of cities including Frankfurt, Munich and Augsburg while also making a jaunt into the Alps. Utah played matches against SC Opel 06 Ru¨sselheim, MTV Dießen and FC Staad. The team also took in a Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Hamburger SV, visited a TSV Hoffenheim practice at its training ground, and took a tour of the Allianz Arena, home of German champion Bayern Munich.

Ohana – Our Family

Meet members of the Utah soccer team and find out what being a Ute is all about.

Haley Farrar

Ali Schinko

Brooklyn James

Hailey Stodden

Natalie Kump

Emali Mackinnon

The Story of Us


Eight NCAA Tournament appearances ('02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '13, '16, ‘19)

Top-five finish in the Pac-12 Conference in 2011, '13, '16 and '18

Consistently top three in the Pac-12 and top 25 in the NCAA in home attendance since 2011

Four regular-season conference championships (1999, 2003, '05, '06)

Two conference tournament titles (2003, '04)

Utah's Greatest

15 Pac-12 All-Conference Team and Honorable Mention selections since 2011.

7 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorees.

111 Pac-12 Academic All-Conference and Honorable Mention selections, including 14 in 2019.

33 First-Team All-Conference selections all time.

30 NSCAA All-Region selections, including two in 2019.

5 Conference Players of the Year.

5 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans.

18 NSCAA Team Academic Awards, including 11 in a row dating back to 2009 to pace the Pac-12.

Received a Public Recognition Award for an APR among the top 10 percent of NCAA Division I teams in 2020.

Play for Utah = Shot at the Pros

Lindsey Luke #00 | Allie Wisner #10

Lindsey Luke was a fourth-round pick by the Seattle Reign in the 2016 NWSL Draft. She earned second team All-Pac-12 and NSCAA All-Region honors. In 2013, she set the Utah single-season mark with nine shutouts and ranked fifth in the nation in save percentage.

Allie Wisner captained the Utes to the 2013 NCAA Tournament and a third-place finish in the Pac-12. She was a professional player with teams in Belgium, Germany and Japan, as well as the Seattle Reign, Kansas City FC and Orlando Pride in the NWSL.

Head Coach

Hideki Nakada

First Year

Hideki Nakada was named the third head coach in Utah women’s soccer history on May 27, 2021, and will take the helm of his own program for the first time after spending the last seven seasons at powerhouse Stanford. The former goalkeeper also spent the last three seasons as the associate head coach.

In his seven years on The Farm, Nakada helped guide the Cardinal to two National Championships (2017, 2019) and five-consecutive Pac-12 Championships. During his seven seasons, Stanford compiled a 132-15-10 overall record with a dominating 66-6-4 mark in the Conference of Champions with four College Cup appearances.

The Cardinal won their third national title in 2019 thanks to their goalkeeper Katie Meyer, who saved two penalty kicks in the title-deciding shootout against No. 2 North Carolina. Stanford also set a school record that year with 102 goals while finishing with a 24-1-0 record.

During Stanford’s second national title run, goalie Alison Jahansouz allowed just seven goals under the direction of Nakada. The 2017 squad also outscored opponents 91-8 while the Cardinal trailed a total of 8:59 minutes that season. Jahansouz’s seven goals allowed in 2017 ranked fifth in program history while the Cardinal’s .360 goals against average ranked fifth in the country that year.

While on staff, Nakada helped Stanford earn NSCAA Pacific Region Staff of the Year in 2016 and was named the 2015 NSCAA Pacific Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Prior to his time on The Farm, Nakada spent the 2013 season at Oregon as an assistant, serving as the team’s defensive coach and recruiting coordinator. Nakada started his collegiate career at Idaho State (2006-08), where he spent three seasons, and led the Bengals to the 2006 Big Sky regular-season and tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to his stint at Idaho State, Nakada served as an assistant coach for the George Washington High School soccer team in San Francisco. He then went on to Marquette for four seasons (2009-12) and helped guide the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament each year he was there.

His experience extends outside of the college coaching ranks as well. Nakada has been a member of the Region II ODP coaching staff since 2010. Beginning in 2012, Nakada was named to the US Club Soccer id2 National Camp coaching staff. He also joined the goalkeeping coaching staff at Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Player Development Program in 2012.

Nakada played soccer at the University of San Francisco for two season (2001-02) and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2005.


Scott Halasz

Associate Head Coach

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing."

- Pele
  • Promoted to associate head coach in 2018.
  • 8th season on the Utah staff, including six years as an assistant.
  • Assistant at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and Tacoma Community College (Men).
  • Washington Premier Club and ECNL Director, Washington state ODP and EDP teams, Region IV ODP Girls 96s assistant coach.
  • Graduated from Seattle University.

Allie Wisner

Assistant Coach

"After graduating, I spent six years chasing my dream all over the world. Utah has always been a special place for me, not just because I played here but because it became my true home. I have always known I wanted to coach and envisioned this path. I am ready to get to work and put all I have into this program because I want to help these amazing student-athletes achieve their dreams."

  • In her second year as an assistant coach after joining Utah in an administrative role in 2018.
  • Four-year starter and two-time captain led the Utes to a third-place finish in the Pac-12 and the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
  • Played professionally with teams in Belgium and Germany, as well as the Seattle Reign, Kansas City FC and Orlando Pride. Spent 2017 in Japan before participating in preseason camp with the Utah Royals in 2018.
  • Graduated from the U. in 2014.

Devin Zimmerman

Goalkeeper Coach

"I am excited for this opportunity to be working with the University of Utah this season. I cannot wait to get going with this coaching staff and goalkeeper group."

  • Played at Fort Lewis College, leading it to an NCAA Division II runner-up finish in 1999. Helped the Skyhawks capture RMAC titles and NCAA Tournament berths three times.
  • Member of the Utah Select Team and USASA National Team from 2004-07. Attended MLS Training Camp in Bradenton, Fla., and played in the USL with the Portland Timbers.
  • Worked with Utah Steam, FC United, Weber State men’s team, 7 Elite Academy and Utah ODP.
  • Joined Southern Virginia University as an assistant working with goalkeepers in 2016. Was an assistant coach working with the goalkeepers for Ogden City SC of the USL 2.

Team Facilities

Utah Soccer utilizes some of the finest facilities in the nation.

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Ute Field

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Spence Eccles Field House

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Sorenson High Performance Center

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Burbidge Academics Center

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