Graeme Abel, an assistant coach on two U.S. women's national FIFA World Cup champion teams, has been hired to lead the women's soccer program at Oregon, athletic director Rob Mullens announced Monday.

“We were incredibly fortunate to be able to hire one of the top coaches in the country at any level, be it college, professional or international,” Mullens said in a news release. “Graeme’s experience coaching some of the best soccer players in the world, his commitment to the student-athlete experience and his vision to elevate Oregon soccer to an elite level made him the perfect fit.”

Abel, who was an assistant for the 2015 and 2019 U.S. teams, takes over a squad that was 5-9-5 overall and 1-8-2 in the Pac-12 last season.

"Leading the women's soccer program at the University of Oregon was something that was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Abel said in the release. “I have been very fortunate over the past five years to work alongside both world class athletes and coaches who continually set new standards for women's soccer.

“I now have the privilege of continuing my coaching journey with a university and athletic department that strive to raise the bar with innovation and resources to continually evolve the student-athlete experience ... It is now our job to make sure we fulfill the promise and potential shown within this program.”

Abel joined the staff of U.S. head coach Jill Ellis as an assistant coach in 2015 when Team USA won seven World Cup matches and defeated Japan, 5-2, for the U.S.’s first World Cup title in 16 years. He was on the staff in 2019 in France when the national team also won seven matches and beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the title match to claim back-to-back World Cup titles.

Abel was also on the staff of the U.S. Women’s National Teams that won the 2016 and 2018 CONCACAF titles and was also part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Collegiately, the Great Britain native was an associate head coach at Oklahoma and an assistant at Washington State and Nevada. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 2004 at his alma mater, Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., where he was an NAIA all-American.

Abel is married to the former Katie Schoene, who played under Tara Erickson at Portland State and was a volunteer assistant at Oregon under Erickson in 2007.