RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University women's soccer co-head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak has been selected by the United States Soccer Federation to serve as an assistant coach at the 2012 USA U-18 Women's National Team training camp. The camp is scheduled for June 2-10 at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif.
Roberts Sahaydak joins elite company as she was chosen to serve as April Heinrichs' assistant. Heinrichs, who is considered one of the pioneers of the U.S. Women's National Team, was appointed Technical Director for the U.S. Women's National Teams in January of 2011. She served as the head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team for five years from 2000-2004, coaching the team in two Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in 2000 and a gold medal in 2004, along with a FIFA Women's World Cup appearance in 2003, where the U.S. finished third. She was the fourth coach, and first female head coach, in the history of the program. Heinrichs compiled an impressive 87-17-10 record during her time at the helm of the U.S. team.
Entering her sixth year as co-head coach at VCU, Roberts Sahaydak is no stranger to international competition, having earned a gold medal herself with the women's team at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She spent time on the National Team from 1995-1999 as a midfielder, and in 1999 was a member of the United States' historic World Cup Champion squad.
Roberts Sahaydak routinely focuses her efforts on growing the game of soccer, on both a domestic and international level. Most recently, she spoke at George Washington University's Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in late March, and in February conducted a live webchat as part of the U.S. Department of State's SportsUnited initiative.