CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jaime Frias, who recently completed his third season as an assistant coach with the Virginia women’s soccer program, has been named the head women’s soccer coach at Houston, it was announced by the University on Wednesday (Feb. 16).

Frias arrives at Houston from Virginia where he served as an assistant coach since January of 2019 when he began his second tenure with the Cavaliers. He also served as a volunteer assistant and operations director from 2010-2015. During those two stints at UVA, Frias helped the Cavaliers to four ACC titles (2012 ACC Tournament; 2013, 2015, 2021 regular-season) and three College Cups (2013, 2014, 2020).

“Everyone within our program wishes Jaime nothing but the best in his new position at the University of Houston,” Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. “We are excited for him since he not only will become a head coach again, but he also will be going home to Houston where he grew up and most of his family resides today. Jaime is an extraordinary coach and even better person who has impacted our program and our players’ lives positively in the years he has worked at Virginia. We are sad to see him leave, but we could not be more happy for the University of Houston, and especially the women’s soccer student-athletes there, as they are getting a tremendous leader and teacher who will no doubt help them achieve so much on and off the field in the years ahead.”

“We’re really excited to announce the hiring of Jaime Frias and welcome he and his family to Houston,” Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. “His record of success at exceptionally high levels is a model for what we’re trying to build at Houston. Jaime’s leadership and continued ascension positions our program favorably as we enter an exciting future.”

Prior to his recently completed second stint at the University of Virginia, Frias worked exclusively with the United States Soccer Federation. He served as head coach of the U18 Women’s National Team and assistant coach with the U20 Women’s National Team from April of 2017 through January of 2019.  He was the head coach of the U16 Youth National team prior to assuming his duties with the U18 and U20 teams. In addition to his national team head coach experience, Jaime participated in three U20 World Cups including the Under 20 World Cup Championship in 2012.

As a part of the Virginia women’s staff for six seasons as both a volunteer assistant coach and an operations assistant from 2010-2015, Frias helped the Cavaliers to back-to-back College Cup appearances in 2013 and 2014, including a runner-up finish in the 2014 season. He also helped Virginia secure the 2012 ACC Championship and finish atop the regular-season ACC standings in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Additionally, more than 25 players have gone on to play professionally either in the United States or abroad during his tenures on the Virginia staff.

In addition to his collegiate experience and his coaching stints with the US U18 and U20 teams, Frias has coached at various levels of US Soccer throughout the last decade. He has a United States Soccer Federation National “A” License.