Heather Cairns
Heather Cairns

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Canisius College, 1994


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Entering her 12th season at Utah State is Heather Cairns, who became the winningest soccer coach in school history after recording her 27th career victory on Sept. 30, 2006, defeating Eastern Washington 1-0. In her 11 seasons at the helm of the Aggies, Cairns has compiled a 113-85-30 (.561) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies. Cairns' teams have also recorded a school-record 89 shutouts in the last 11 seasons. USU recorded a total of just 16 shutouts in the six years prior to Cairns' appointment as head coach.

During her tenure, the Aggies have earned eight Player of the Year honors. Forward Shantel Flanary earned Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2009 and 2011, while defender Natalie Norris was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Lindsey Smart in 2006, Flanary in 2009 and Taryn Rose in 2011 were all named WAC Freshman of the Year, while Cairns earned WAC Coach of the Year honors in both 2008 and 2011. Under Cairns, Utah State earned 22 all-Big West honors, garnered 37 all-WAC awards and won three all-Mountain West accolades. In the classroom, USU has been strong as well with 55 Big West academic honors and 123 WAC academic awards. There were 17 players that earned academic all-MW honors, while 14 were named MW Scholar-Athlete.

The Aggies also received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 11th-straight season in 2013 and had 17 players earn academic all-MW honors in 2013 after 17 were named academic all-WAC in 2012.

Last season, the Aggies made the move to the Mountain West and finished with a 10-7-5 overall record and a 5-3-2 mark in league play which was good for fifth. The fifth-seeded Aggies advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament before falling to the eventual champion San Diego State. Jennifer Flynn, Taryn Rose and Brooke Larsen-Leavitt were all honored with all MW honors.

Natalie Norris had a stellar season on and off the field in 2013. She became USU soccer's first CoSIDA Academic first-team All-America. Norris had a double major in nutrition, dietetics & food science and exercise science with a 3.95 grade point average. Norris also earned NSCAA Scholar first-team All-American honors. She was also a Lowe's Senior CLASS second-team All-American, as well as earning CoSIDA Academic all-District honors.

In 2012, the Aggies reached their second-straight NCAA Tournament after capturing their second WAC Tournament title in as many seasons. With a 13-3-6 overall record and a 6-0-2 league record, USU won its fourth conference title in its eighth and final season in the league. USU hosted the WAC Tournament and captured the title with a 1-0 win over Denver. Norris captured her third-straight WAC Defensive Player of the Year honor as well as earning a spot on the first team. Mari Miyashiro and Ashlyn Mulford were both first-team honorees, while Rose and Flynn were named to the second team. Norris also was named WAC Tournament MVP. USU's season came to an end after a 2-1 loss at BYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 2011 season was a historic year for Utah State as the Cairns-led squad won its first WAC Tournament title and reached its first NCAA Tournament. USU also won its third WAC regular-season title in four seasons. The Aggies ended the year with a school record 15-5-2 mark and a 5-1-1 record in league action. USU swept the WAC awards with Flanary earning Offensive Player of the Year honors and Norris being named Defensive Player of the Year, both winning the honor for the second time at the time. Rose was named Freshman of the Year, while Cairns captured her second Coach of the Year honor. After winning the WAC Tournament, 1-0, against Fresno State, senior Molli Merrill was named WAC Tournament MVP.

In 2010, Cairns and the Aggies won their second WAC regular-season title when USU tied San José State. USU ended the season with a 9-7-5 overall record and a stellar 5-2-1 WAC record. Norris was the first Aggie to earn WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was joined on the all-WAC first team by Salmon-Christensen and Flanary. Chandra Salmon-Christensen became the first USU player to earn first-team all-conference honors her first three seasons.

In 2009, Utah State had its fourth-straight 10-win season, finishing 10-9-2 overall and a 5-2-1 conference record. The Aggies ended the season second in WAC play. Salmon-Christensen earned first-team all-WAC honors for the second-straight year, while Flanary garnered WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Cairns and the Aggies had a breakout season in 2008 with a 13-8-1 overall record and a perfect 7-0-0 WAC mark. The 13 wins was the most ever by an Aggie squad, and the team set another record when it won eight-straight matches. USU was the first WAC team since SMU in 2001 to go undefeated. Utah State had a historic seven players named to the all-WAC team, including Flanary earning Freshman of the Year honors. Cairns also earned her first WAC Coach of the Year honor, leading the Aggies to their first WAC Tournament championship match.

The 2007 season saw Cairns bring similar results as 2006, as USU posted a 10-11-0 record, tying the most-ever wins in the program's 12-year history. The Aggies' 5-2-0 conference record tied the previous program-record mark of five league wins set in 2006. In 2007, USU also set records for most points in a season (114), most goals in a season (40) and most assists in a season (34). Utah State also captured its first conference tournament victory as it shutout San José State, 4-0, in the first round of action before falling to the eventual tournament champion Hawai'i in the semifinals, 1-0, in double overtime.

In 2006, one player earned the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete Award, as Cairns coached the 2006 WAC Freshman of the Year, Lindsey Smart, who also garnered second-team all-WAC honors. Two more Aggies earned first-team and second-team all-WAC accolades with Charity Weston and Dana Peart earning those honors, respectively. USU had 15 players named to the fall academic all-WAC team with two newcomers honored in the spring for a total of 17 players recognize by the conference, the most in the league.

Utah State soccer recorded one of its best seasons in 2006, posting a 10-8-2 overall record and went 5-0-2 in conference action. The 10 wins tied the school's record for the most wins in the program's 11-year history. The Aggies' 5-0-2 conference record topped the previous record for conference wins (4) and the .750 conference winning percentage was also a school record.

The 2005 season saw Cairns and the Aggies amass a 7-9-4 ledger in their first season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Cairns and USU recorded a 4-2-1 WAC record, tying for second-place in the conference standings and advancing to the WAC Tournament, where the Aggies lost in the first round to eventual tournament champion Fresno State.

In 2004, she led USU to a 6-11-1 mark, becoming the only Aggie coach to reach 16 wins in their first two seasons. Additionally in 2004, Cairns coached three all-Big West selections, two NSCAA Regional Scholar-Athletes and saw her team grab the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the second-straight year. The Aggie soccer team also led USU for the second consecutive year in its number of fall academic all-Big West honorees, garnering eight.

In her first year at Utah State, Cairns led the Aggies to a then shcool-record 10 wins and its highest conference winning percentage (.556, 4-3-2) in the program's eight seasons. Utah State also garnered school-records in its number of all-Big West (5) and academic all-Big West (13) selections.

Before becoming Utah State's third soccer coach, Cairns spent four years as an assistant coach at Creighton University. At Creighton, Cairns worked with all aspects of the program. In her time at CU, the Bluejays went from a 7-13-1 record in 1999 to winning the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference championship with a 12-8-2 overall record. Additionally, Creighton qualified for the 2002 NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history. From 1999-2002, the Bluejays produced a NSCAA regional All-American, 18 all-conference players, six freshmen all-conference honorees, 13 academic all-conference selections and 11 NSCAA regional scholar-athletes.

The Erie, Pa., native spent two years as an assistant at New Mexico from 1997-98 and worked as a graduate assistant coach for three years (1994-96) at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Cairns earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 1994 from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain of the women's soccer team. She completed her bachelor's of education while at St. Ambrose. She holds a "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Cairns' Record Year-by-Year

as Head Coach @ Utah State Year W-L-T Pct. 2003 10-7-2 .579 2004 6-11-1 .361 2005 7-9-4 .450 2006 10-8-2 .550 2007 10-11-0 .476 2008 13-8-1 .641 2009 10-9-2 .524 2010 9-7-5 .548 2011 15-5-2 .727 2012 13-3-6 .727 2013 10-7-5 .568

Total 113-85-30.560

as Assistant Coach @ New Mexico Year W-L-T Pct. 1997 15-5 .750 1998 4-13-2 .263 Total 19-18-2 .487

@ Creighton Year W-L-T Pct. 1999 7-13-1 .357 2000 9-11 .450 2001 12-8 .600 2002* 12-8-2 .591 Total 40-40-3 .500

Total Record As An Assistant Overall 59-58-5 .504

* NCAA Tournament appearance, Missouri Valley Conference champions

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