Alexandria Jackson begins her first year as head coach of the Waldorf University women’s soccer team and fourth year overall as a member of the program’s coaching staff.
Jackson, who served as an assistant coach for three seasons, helped the Warriors make significant strides during the 2016 campaign. Waldorf recorded five consecutive shutouts to set a new school record and established the program’s longest unbeaten streak in the process. Three Warrior players claimed second-team all-conference honors from the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA). Waldorf racked up six shutouts, which tied for second in school history. The Warriors allowed 24 goals during the season, just one more goal surrendered than the school-record mark set in 1999. Waldorf’s goalkeepers ranked second in school single-season history with both a .841 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average (GAA). The Warriors tallied 127 saves and recorded 7.94 saves per match, which rank fifth and fourth, respectively among Waldorf’s single-season marks. Waldorf also set a new school record for consecutive shutout minutes, holding opposing teams scoreless for 552 minutes, 38 seconds in a span from Aug. 31, 2016 to Oct. 26, 2016.
During Jackson’s first year as an assistant coach, she helped the Warriors reach the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Tournament semifinals. She has coached Waldorf alums Brittney Thornton, Mia Crail, Jennifer Geil, Madisen Haines and Kaylee Vitale, who all earned multiple all-conference and academic honors from the NSAA and MCAC as well as holding numerous marks in Waldorf’s school record book.
Jackson was a four-year NCAA Division I soccer player at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. As a freshman forward, she made three starts and appeared in 19 matches for a total of 990 minutes and led the team with four game-winning goals. After battling an injury as a sophomore, Jackson saw action and started in 10 matches while logging 700 minutes. In her junior season, Jackson appeared in 16 matches and started 15 times to accumulate more than 1,000 minutes of play. During that season, Jackson played a key role in the Lady Demon backline. As a senior, Jackson started and played in all 19 matches for a total of 1,715 minutes. Playing a pivotal defensive role, she assisted on two goals.
A Florence, S.C. native, Jackson graduated from West Florence High School in 2010. During her high school athletic career, Jackson participated in a program which sent her to play soccer in Germany during the summers.
Jackson graduated from Northwestern State in 2014 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and exercise science. She went on to obtain a master's of science degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University in 2015. Jackson has earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national diploma, a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) national diploma and holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) C License.
Camila Ardila begins her first season as assistant coach of the Waldorf University women’s soccer team.
Ardila joins the Warriors after concluding her NCAA Division I soccer career at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. During her four years as a midfielder for the Lady Demons, she made 54 starts while appearing in 69 career matches. As a senior, Ardila tied for second on the team with four goals. She closed out her collegiate career with 21 points, scoring nine goals and providing three assists. Ardila also achieved success in the classroom, being named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll during the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. She graduated from Northwestern State in 2017 with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology.
A Miami native, Ardila is a 2013 Doral Academy Preparatory School graduate. She was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons, along with earning first-team All-Dade County honors during her junior and senior years. The Firebirds amassed a 41-13 record during Ardila’s high school career and she helped the team win the district title for the first time in school history during her senior season. She racked up 32 goals as a senior and was named the Player of the Week by the Miami Herald. As a junior, Ardila was honored as Athlete of the Year when she scored a career-high 35 goals. Ardila was a second-team All-Dade County selection as a sophomore. She played for the Pinecrest Premiere Soccer Club during the 2011-12 season and was a member of the West Pines United Futbol Club during the 2012-13 campaign.
Ardila is the daughter of Marco Ardila and Clara Grimaldo. She has one brother, Marco, and one sister, Clara. Ardila resides in Forest City and is currently pursuing a master’s of science degree in environmental management from Columbia Southern University.