Libby Bassett
Libby  Bassett

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
San Diego, 2004


Libby Bassett begins her fourth year as an assistant coach with South Carolina in 2015. She works with the team's goalkeepers and assists with the program's recruiting and camps.

For three seasons, Bassett helped Sabrina D'Angelo to one of the best careers for a keeper in program history. The first Gamecock to be a two-time NSCAA First-Team All-American, D’Angelo ranks second in program history with 29 career shutout. South Carolina’s first MAC Hermann semifinalist in 2013, D’Angelo finished her career as a four-time All-SEC honoree and a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year. In her last two seasons as a Gamecock, D’Angelo posted season goals against averages of 0.59 and 0.58. The University’s 2014 President’s Award winner went on to become the program’s first selection in the NWSL Draft and was the only rookie goalkeeper to earn a full-time starting position in 2015.

When D’Angelo’s collegiate career ended due to an injury after the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Bassett had freshman Abbey Crider ready for duty. The freshman posted a pair of shutouts in her first two collegiate starts, the first against Seattle in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the second against No. 6 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In the contest against Seattle, Crider made to pivotal saves in a penalty kick shootout.

Bassett came to Columbia after stops at Dartmouth, California, Saint Mary's and her alma mater, San Diego. Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2011, Bassett spent two seasons as the goalkeeper coach at California in addition to working as site director and coach for the Seattle Sounders FC. She helped lead the Golden Bears to NCAA Tournament appearances in both of her seasons in Berkeley while serving as recruiting coordinator and camp director.

During her time at Cal, Bassett played professionally in the Icelandic Premier League for Afturelding from May 2010 through July 2010 alongside former Gamecocks Ashley Kirk and Samantha Diaz-Matosas. From October 2010 through January 2011, she was also a goalkeeping coach and evaluator for US Soccer, planning sessions and training the top youth goalkeepers for the US Soccer market training programs. She also worked on the 2009 Region IV ODP camp staff in Moscow, Idaho, and Mississippi.

Prior to California, Bassett worked at Saint Mary's in 2008 where she served as the primary goalkeeper coach and planned and conducted all goalkeeping trainings. In her year with the Gaels, she garnered experience assisting in planning and implementing of training sessions, recruiting top athletes, breaking down and analyzing game film in addition to other soccer operations.

Bassett began her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, San Diego, for the 2007 season. At USD, Bassett served as the goalkeeper coach and coached current Western New York Flash player Brittany Cameron to an All-WCC season as a junior en route to leading the Toreros to a program-best 15-3-3 record and 11-game unbeaten streak. The Toreros also earned a program-best 11 shutouts on the season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Bassett played at USD from 2000-2003 and led the Toreros to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, becoming just the second senior class to accomplish the feat at USD. The 2003 MVP of her squad, she set and still holds the San Diego single-season records for shots faced (261) and saves (94) in a year that saw her post eight shutouts and a team league-leading 0.96 goals-against average. For her efforts, she was an All-WCC honorable mention and WCC Scholar Athlete selection.

While at USD, Bassett also attended a U.S. Under-21 National Team training camp. In 2003 and 2005, Bassett trained with Italian Serie A teams ACF Milan and Fiammamonza, respectively.

Bassett graduated Magna Cum Laude from USD with a bachelor's in history in 2004. She earned her a master's in international cooperation and development from the University of Pavia, Istituto Universitario Degli Studi Superiori in Pavia, Italy, in 2007.