Both Snow and French were full-time coaches at their age groups for two cycles. Snow’s first team failed to qualify for the 2014 U-17 World Cup and his second team exited in the first round of the 2016 U-17 World Cup, at which it opened with a 6-1 win over Paraguay before losses to Ghana (2-1) and Japan (3-2).
USA U-17 Women's World
Year U.S. Finish (Coach)
2008 Second place (Kazbek Tambi)
2010 did not qualify (Kazbek Tambi)
2012 first-round exit (Albertin Montoya)
2014 did not qualify (B.J. Snow)
2016 first-round exit (B.J. Snow)
French’s teams exited the 2014 U-20 World Cup with a quarterfinal shootout loss to North Korea and finished fourth at 2016 U-20 World Cup, at which the USA won two games of its six games and was outshot by five of its six opponents.
U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup History
Year U.S. Finish (Coach)
2002 Champion (Tracey Leone)
2004 Third place (Mark Krikorian)
2006 Fourth Place (Tim Schulz)
2008 Champion (Tony DiCicco)
2010 Quarterfinals (Jill Ellis)
2012 Champion (Steve Swanson)
2014 Quarterfinals (Michelle French)
2016 Fourth place (Michelle French)
U.S. Soccer has begun the hiring process to replace Snow and French, both of whom have been reassigned.
French, who had served as an assistant to Jill Ellis at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2016 Olympics, will now be a full-time national team assistant coach.
“Michelle was a huge asset for players and staff over the past two years, and now to have her solely focused on our team will be a tremendous benefit from a soccer standpoint,” Ellis said. “She brings a former national team players’ perspective, the experience of three World Cups, and contributes greatly to the positive synergy in our environment.”
Snow has been named head of U.S. Women’s National Team Talent Identification, a new federation position in which he will identify and track potential national team players in the NWSL, college ball, the U.S. youth national teams and overseas.
“B.J. is a great fit for this new position,” Ellis said. “It was a role I felt we needed to fill a gap in the evaluation of college-aged players. Ultimately, B.J.’s task is to find players who have the profile to become full women’s national team players. This position is particularly valuable right now with where we are in our cycle and our goal of continuing to deepen our pool.”
Snow is also serving as interim U.S. U-23 head coach until the position is filled. He will be coaching the U.S. U-23s at the La Manga tournament in Spain in March.