Columbia, MO - The Stephens College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Bruce Palmbaum as the next Head Women's Soccer Coach. Coach Palmbaum comes to Stephens after his most recent stint as Assistant Coach at Northern Michigan University; "Northern Michigan University was a great place to re-establish myself at the collegiate level. I am thankful that Head Men's Coach David Poggi gave me the latitude to dust off my boots and get back in the game."
Palmbaum played collegiately at the University of Oregon and UCLA before moving up to the professional level where he played for the Los Angeles Lazers, Fulham FC (UK), AZ Alkmsaar (NED), and SV Hoofddorp (NED).
During his time at NCAA Division 2 Northern Michigan University, Palmbaum helped the Wildcats to a 12-5-0 conference record. He also volunteered with the women's team and trained strikers and midfielders. Bruce's son, Ryan, is a current player for NMU and has been the team's leading goal scorer for the past two years.
Prior to NMU, Palmbaum spent 25 years working in the Sacramento, California area leading U19 boys and girls soccer teams; he also coached at the Vision Soccer Summer Camps from 2005-2010 and the Joe Champion Soccer Camps from 2012-2017.
One of Palmbaum's most notable accomplishments includes starting the women's soccer program at NCAA Division 1 University of Tulsa. While at the University of Tulsa, Palmbaum accumulated a 39-25-5 overall record for both the men's and women's programs.
Before Tulsa, Palmbaum experienced high levels of success at the high school level in Eugene, Oregon. As the varsity boys soccer coach, Palmbaum lead his team to an overall record of 54-4 in five years; finishing with four district championships and one state championship.
Palmbaum takes over the Head Coaching duties immediately, "My players come first in my organizational chart. My teams come to training every day to compete and the focus is on this, rather than winning. If we come to compete each day, the winning will take care of itself."