Ex-USMNT manager Steve Sampson returns to coaching at Cal Poly

Thursday December 4th, 2014

Former U.S. men's national team coach Steve Sampson has taken the helm as men's soccer coach at Cal Poly, the university based in San Luis Obispo, California, announced on Thursday. 

Sampson, who coached the U.S. men from 1995-1998, including an ill-fated run in the 1998 World Cup, hasn't coached since 2006, when he was manager for the LA Galaxy. He also coached the Costa Rica national team from 2002-2004, and prior to joining the international and pro ranks, he coached Santa Clara to the 1989 NCAA men's title.

The Mustangs, who were coached by first-year interim coach Phil Ruskin this season, finished 8-7-4 and missed out on the NCAA tournament. The program has reached the NCAAs twice, in 1995 and 2008.

As for other recent former U.S. men's coaches, Bob Bradley (2006-2011) just finished his first season at Norwegian top-flight club Stabaek after coaching the Egyptian national team; Bruce Arena (1998-2006) is attempting to lead the Galaxy to a would-be record fifth MLS Cup title; and Bora Milutinovic (1991-1995) is working in Qatar as an adviser at a young athlete academy and was an ambassador for the nation's 2022 World Cup bid. 

Jurgen Klinsmann is signed on as U.S. coach through 2018.

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