Head Men's Soccer Coach - Jon Pascale - CCAA Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016)
Jon Pascale is in his 10th season as the head coach of the University of California San Diego men's soccer program in 2017.
A three-time California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year, Pascale finished 2016 with an overall record of 93-49-33 (.626) in charge of the Tritons, including a 65-39-24 (.602) mark in arguably the toughest Division II conference in the nation. He has directed UCSD to seven straight campaigns of .500 or better, and eight out of nine in all. The Tritons have made four successive CCAA Tournament appearances and earned NCAA Championship berths in three of the past four years (2013, 2014, 2016). They advanced to the CCAA and West Region title matches in 2013.
On Nov. 1, 2012, Pascale was voted by his peers as the first CCAA Coach of the Year for UCSD in men's soccer. He earned a second straight award in 2013 following the program's most successful showing at the Division II level to that point, and then again in 2016 after surpassing that performance.
Under Pascale, UCSD has developed into one of the toughest defenses in the NCAA Division II. The Tritons ranked in the top 10 nationally in team goals-against average (GAA) for three straight years from 2012-14, leading the country in 2012 with a then-CCAA-record mark of 0.44. They were fourth in 2013 (0.52), again pacing the league, and seventh in 2014 (0.65).
Over his first eight years in La Jolla, Pascale has produced four All-Americans in Alec Arsht, Andisheh Bagheri, Josh Cohen and Jared Kukura. His players have totaled 13 Daktronics All-West Region, 10 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region, 29 All-CCAA and three CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player awards.
Pascale's teams have also excelled in the classroom, earning an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 (3.42), 2013-14 (3.46 GPA), 2012-13 (3.09) and 2010-11 (3.10) academic years. He has had a trio of Academic All-Americans in Arsht (2013), Bagheri (2013) and Kuba Waligorski (2015), two CCAA Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year in Bagheri (2013-14) and David Bakal (2010-11), nine CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 selections, and 74 CCAA All-Academic honorees. Bagheri was the recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, leaving UCSD with two degrees.
Despite losing 10 standouts to graduation, UCSD got out to a 5-1 start and achieved return trips to the CCAA and NCAA postseasons in 2014. The squad finished in a two-way tie for third in the now-one-division conference table, largely behind the offensive exploits of senior playmaker Brandon Bauman, a Daktronics All-West Region and All-CCAA First Team choice. The Tritons hosted their first-ever CCAA tournament match in the first round.
The Tritons completed an incredible 2013 run with their most overall wins in two decades at 14-3-5, and most CCAA victories in program history at 11-2-3. The CCAA South runners-up earned their first CCAA Championship berth since 2005, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Championship field for the first time since 2003, advancing to both the conference and West Region finals. The road included a thrilling second-round NCAA tilt against Chico State in front of 985 rowdy spectators in La Jolla, with the Tritons eliminating the archrival Wildcats via penalty-kick tiebreaker. UCSD was up to sixth nationally at one point during the regular season, marking its highest ranking in Division II, and wound up at No. 9. Arsht, Bagheri and Cohen were All-Americans, with Cohen the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player for the second year in a row.
Pascale's 2012 side placed third in the CCAA South Division, falling just one league victory shy of a trip to the CCAA Championship for the third successive season. His defense ranked No. 1 in Division II with a 0.44 GAA and a 0.71 shutout percentage courtesy of 12 clean sheets over 17 matches played. Daktronics All-Americans Arsht and Cohen featured among five Tritons to garner CCAA postseason recognition. Cohen, the national leader in individual GAA (0.397), was the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player. UCSD let in only eight goals all year, its lowest total in the Division II era, and maintained separate shutout stretches of 448:05, 503:37 and 409:16.
Despite four straight victories in the 2011 run-in, UCSD came up a mere two points short of the CCAA tournament. At 10-8 overall, Pascale reached the 10-win mark for the second time following his 2008 debut. The Tritons were third in their division with a 9-7 league ledger.
The 2010 Tritons finished fourth in the CCAA South Division with an 8-6-4 overall record and 8-5-3 mark in conference play. Pascale's squad won five of its last seven matches and went 8-2-2 following a tough start. Kukura earned Daktronics All-America Second Team, Daktronics and NSCAA All-West Region First Team, All-CCAA First Team and CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player distinction having anchored a UCSD defense as a senior that ranked third in the CCAA with a 0.89 GAA.
Pascale's tenure got off to a grand start as UCSD reeled off five victories in a row to open the 2008 campaign, ultimately compiling a 10-6-2 record, the program's best since 2005. An even 6-6-2 CCAA mark was good enough for fourth place in the CCAA South Division.
Pascale, the seventh men's soccer head coach in school history, joined the UCSD family on Jan. 23, 2008, after stops at three Division I institutions that similarly place a high emphasis on combined academic and athletic success. He spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford University, where he helped put together the Cardinal's 10th-ranked 2007 recruiting class.
That position was preceded by five years at Georgetown University, where he was the associate head coach for the Hoyas. Prior to his time in the D.C. area, Pascale was an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania for three seasons.
Since 2010, Pascale has also served as a scout for U.S. Soccer, concentrating on the Southern California region to identify potential prospects for selection to youth-level national teams.
A college soccer player while attending American University in Washington, D.C., Pascale graduated from the school in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. He and his wife, Liza, and their two young daughters, reside in Cardiff. The couple welcomed Reagan just prior to the start of the 2013 season, and Paige on the eve of the 2015 campaign.
Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach - Ryan Hernandez
Ryan Hernandez is in his 10th season as a member of the University of California San Diego men's soccer coaching staff in 2017, and fourth as the associate head coach.
Hernandez arrived in La Jolla in July of 2008 as part of head coach Jon Pascale's initial staff. He became the top assistant for the 2013 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in March of 2014. He is actively involved in all facets of the program, including on-field coaching, recruiting, fund-raising, team travel, off-season training regimens and summer camps.
Hernandez has helped guide the Tritons to six straight campaigns of .500 or better, and seven out of eight in all. UCSD is coming off of three consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament berths, with back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances coming in 2013 and 2014. The Tritons advanced to the CCAA and West Region title matches in 2013.
UCSD has developed into one of the toughest defenses in the NCAA Division II. The Tritons ranked in the top 10 nationally in team goals-against average in three successive seasons (2012-14), leading the country in 2012 with a then-CCAA-record mark of 0.44. They were fourth in 2013 (0.52), again pacing the league, and seventh in 2014 (0.65).
In addition to his duties at UCSD, Hernandez was the boy's varsity head coach at San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) for several years until the 2015-16 season, leading the Lions to six CIF San Diego Section playoff appearances and a couple of Pacific League titles.
Hernandez began his coaching career at two schools he had previously attended. He took over the boy's varsity program at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach at the age of 20 after one season each of directing the junior varsity squad and assisting with the varsity. Hernandez led NHHS to a Sunset League title and a deep run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs in his first go-around in charge. He spent a total of seven years coaching there.
In 2007, Hernandez was an assistant coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The Pirates finished with an 8-8-6 record, narrowly missing a spot in the Orange Empire Conference Championship. He also coached the U-16 side and helped with academy teams at the Pateadores Soccer Club in Costa Mesa.
Hernandez competed all four years and was a three-year varsity starter for Newport Harbor, captaining the Sailors as a senior. His playing career at OCC was cut short following one season as a sophomore due to a recurring back injury. With the Irvine Strikers and Pateadores club programs, his teams made three National Cup finals.
After attaining his associate degree from Orange Coast College in 2004, Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 2007. He and his wife, Stacey, now reside in Encinitas. They welcomed their first child, son Cruz, in early January of 2017.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach - Nick Perera
Nick Perera, a standout player in the college and professional ranks and current captain of the U.S. Beach Soccer national team, is in his second season as an assistant coach on the University of California San Diego men's soccer staff in 2017.
Perera aided UC San Diego in a volunteer capacity during the 2016 spring. In addition to his duties in La Jolla, Perera has been a coach Cardiff Mustangs since 2014, directing boy's teams at the U-11 and U-14 levels. His U-11 side were State Cup semifinalists in 2015.
Perera is also still very much an active competitive player. He rejoined the beach national team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a two-day training camp in July of 2016, before moving on to Europe for games in his native Madrid, Spain, and in Portugal. Other trips in 2016 included Lucerne, Switzerland, in August, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates in November. He captained Team USA at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Nassau, Bahamas, in February, scoring four goals as the Americans went 5-1 for fifth place.
In March of 2016, Perera completed the second season of his second stint with the local San Diego Sockers in the indoor Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). He moved on to the Ontario Fury for the 2016-17 campaign.
At the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti, Perera paced Team USA with five goals. The U.S. qualified for that tournament by winning the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship earlier that year in the Bahamas. Perera was that event's top scorer with his 11 strikes, including the late equalizer and deciding tally in the final as the Americans rallied from 4-3 down to knock off El Salvador, 5-4 after extra time. He later added a team-best nine goals at the 2015 CONCACAF Championship in which the U.S. placed fourth. Watch highlights here from a thrilling 4-3 group-stage victory over Barbados in which Perera completed his hat trick with just 10 ticks left.
Perera's expansive career resume as a player includes stops on the pro beach and indoor circuits in Italy and Spain, alongside stints in Belgium and Milwaukee, Wis., and even some time with the U.S. Futsal National Team at the 2011 Grand Prix de Futsal in Manaus, Brazil. Among previous coaching assignments are the former Carlsbad Lightning, several entities in the Milwaukee area, and numerous camps.
Perera is a 2009 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, with a bachelor's degree in English. He starred for the Gauchos for four years from 2005-08, helping them to a pair of Big West Conference titles in 2006 and 2007, and was the leader of the 2006 UCSB squad that went 17-7-1 and won that program's first-ever national championship. The Gauchos topped UCLA in the final in St. Louis, Mo., 2-1. Perera was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of that College Cup, scoring the early opener before assisting on what proved to be the decider against the Bruins.
Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Perera was invited to the 2009 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, prior to professional trials with Atlético Madrid and Racing Santander of Spain's LaLiga.
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Perera currently resides in Carlsbad with his wife, Michelle, and their two young children, daughter Sofia and son Theo. He earned his U.S. Soccer National B license in 2015, a football management degree from the Johan Cruyff Institute in 2014, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach - Tim Hogan
Tim Hogan joined the University of California San Diego men's soccer coaching staff as an assistant in late March of 2015. The 2017 season is his third in the program. His primary responsibility is training the Triton goalkeepers.
In his first go-around in La Jolla, Hogan mentored redshirt junior starting goalkeeper Cameron McElfresh to All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) honorable mention, with seven shutouts, tied for second in the league, over 18 contests.
Hogan's previous college coaching experience includes stints as an assistant with the men's programs at UC Riverside from July of 2010 to June of 2011 and Florida Gulf Coast University from 2007-09, as well as Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., both in 2006. He guided the goalkeepers at each spot, while also aiding in recruiting at UCR.
In and around those coaching stops, Hogan worked as a journalist at the Culpeper (Va.) Star-Exponent and Inside Lacrosse magazine, and as an assistant director of The Annual Fund for Georgetown Athletics. Hogan served as a national director of corporate and cause partnerships for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta, Ga., beginning in July of 2011, and continues to work for BGCA alongside his duties at UCSD. He had earlier been at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana as its director of development for two years.
Hogan completed his bachelor's degree at Georgetown in 2004 as a double major in English and classics. He played soccer there as a goalkeeper for the Hoyas under current Triton head coach Jon Pascale, then a GU assistant. He later earned his master's in English in 2009 from Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. Hogan, originally from Richmond, Va., now resides in Encinitas.
Head Women's Soccer Coach - Brian McManus
Brian McManus is in his 31st season in charge of the University of California San Diego women's soccer program in 2017. With a remarkable career record of 484-88-51, he finished the 2016 campaign with the most wins in NCAA Division II women's soccer history. What began as a three-month interim appointment back in 1987, is now a three-decade legacy of success.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches at any collegiate level, McManus has compiled the 11th-highest win percentage in NCAA women's soccer history at .818 through 2016. He is fourth among all divisions in wins, fifth in all-time win percentage in Division II history, and third in win percentage among active Division II coaches.
At the conclusion of a 2-1 overtime triumph over Western Washington in an NCAA Division II Championship national quarterfinal in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 16, 2012, McManus attained career victory No. 433, passing Gabe Mejail of Merrimack College (MA) for sole possession of the No. 1 spot all-time among coaches with at least 10 seasons at a Division II school. Through 2016, McManus has 14 more wins than Mejail.
A Legendary Career
McManus has directed UCSD to seven national championships, with five at the NCAA Division III level and two more Division II crowns. The Tritons have advanced to the national semifinals an incredible 15 times in his 30 years. Under his guidance, UCSD has qualified for the NCAA postseason in all 13 seasons during the Division III days and all but three (2004, 2013, 2014) of 17 years since the move up to Division II, including eight in succession prior to 2013.
McManus' teams went 36-7-2 (.822) in the NCAA Division III Championship between 1987-99 with two runner-up and three third-place finishes alongside five titles, and have since gone 24-11-3 (.671) with two crowns, two runner-up and one third-place effort in 14 Division II installments. The 24 wins are tied with Saint Rose for No. 4 in the Division II tournament behind Franklin Pierce (42), Grand Valley State (40) and Metro State (26).
A three-time Division III Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 1999, McManus was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Coach of the Year in 2001 and the NSCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011. He led the NSCAA Division II West Region Staff of the Year under the award's new format in 2016, and has also received UCSD's Excellence in Coaching Award a total of four times, for 1995-96, 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2012-13.
Through 17 years of Division II and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competition, McManus' Tritons won the CCAA South Division 11 times (out of 14, with divisional format ending after 2013) and the CCAA tournament on a record 10 occasions, most recently as the two-time reigning champs from 2015 and 2016. His sides are perfect in CCAA finals, having advanced to 10 of them (9-0-1). Still, UCSD managed to do something in 2016 that the storied program had never done before, and that was to complete an unbeaten and untied CCAA slate at 12-0 in cruising to a first regular-season crown in three years under the new system. It was the first such occurrence since Sonoma State (14-0) in 1998. McManus has earned CCAA Coach of the Year distinction six times, more than any other, in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011 and 2016.
Division II Days
The perfect 2016 CCAA campaign was punctuated by a come-from-behind, 2-1 triumph at Cal Poly Pomona on the final matchday, as McManus' Tritons overturned a 1-0 halftime deficit, which marked the only time they trailed throughout their 12 league contests while outscoring foes 35-2. UCSD then got an 89th-minute Mary Reilly goal to knock off host Stanislaus State, 1-0, in the CCAA semifinals en route to completing its conference double. From a 19-3 overall record, two defeats came by one goal apiece at the hands of eventual national champion Western Washington, the latter 2-1 in overtime in the West Region final in Golden, Colo. Remarkably, for the first time in program history and as the first known instance in CCAA annals, all 11 of McManus' starters were recognized in some fashion with league postseason distinction, including Offensive Player of the Year Katie O'Laughlin and Defensive Player of the Year Meghan Berry. Seven of those Tritons went on to some form of All-America honors, with O'Laughlin also the Division II Conference Commissioners Association West Region Player of the Year.
The 2015 season saw a welcome end to a first-ever two-year hiatus from the NCAA Championship under McManus, his Tritons turning a No. 4 seed for the CCAA Tournament into a ninth banner and subsequent automatic berth. They outscored their three tourney opponents, 10-3. UCSD had been picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches' poll. Entering the NCAA tournament a winner of six straight and eight of nine, it wound up 15-6-1 following a 2-1 defeat to Seattle Pacific in a driving rainstorm in Bellingham, Wash.
The 2014 squad went 5-0-1 down the stretch, with four of those matches away from home and just a single goal allowed, to snatch an improbable return trip to the CCAA Tournament after a lone absence from the event in 2013, out of UCSD's 17 seasons as a league member.
The Tritons reeled off seven straight victories to begin 2012, outscoring teams 19-3 in the process. In a nailbiting year that ultimately saw UCSD play a program-record 10 overtime matches, going 5-1-4 in such contests, a group of 10 seniors led the squad back atop the CCAA, earning its first league title since 2008 after outlasting No. 7 Sonoma State on penalty kicks in the CCAA Championship final in Carson. UCSD navigated its way through three rounds of the NCAA Championship before avenging its 2010 title-match loss to Grand Valley State, taking a 2-1 decision in the national semifinals in Evans, Ga., behind second-half strikes by McManus' then-sophomore tandem of Cassie Callahan and Izzy Pozurama. A 77th-minute goal enabled No. 2 West Florida to edge the Tritons for its first national crown. UCSD was left with a 17-3-4 overall mark and a second West Region trophy and national runner-up placement in three years.
UCSD went undefeated during its first 12 games (8-0-4) of 2011, its longest such streak since 1994. The Tritons went on to capture their 10th CCAA South title with a 12-1-3 conference record. McManus earned CCAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time and West Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Ranked No. 1 in the West for the NCAA tournament, the Tritons were downed by Chico State 1-0 in the second round. UCSD finished the year ranked 19th in the nation with a 13-3-4 overall mark. The team earned the NSCAA All-Academic award with a 3.22 GPA.
McManus led the 2010 UCSD squad to its most wins since 2006 (19-3-3) and first national championship match since 2001, advancing to the NCAA semifinals with upset wins over No. 9 Seattle Pacific and No. 8 St. Edward's. The Tritons knocked off undefeated No. 1 Saint Rose in the national semifinals before falling to No. 5 Grand Valley State in the national championship match. The Tritons did not lose a match between Sept. 19 and Nov. 5, and they rattled off 10 consecutive victories through October. After directing his 14th UCSD team to a semifinal appearance, McManus was named West Region Coach of the Year. In addition, the NCAA honored McManus as coach of the Division III Women's Soccer 25th Anniversary Team. He compiled a 216-25-18 record in 13 seasons at the D-III level while winning five national championships.
The 2009 Tritons advanced to the West Region championship for the first time since 2006 and finished with a 15-5-2 record. Through the campaign, the Tritons played freshmen and sophomores at 10 of the 11 starting spots. Although UCSD ultimately fell in penalty kicks to Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Tritons were able to host the first, second, third and quarterfinal rounds of the NCAA postseason.
During 2008, the Tritons earned an automatic berth into the NCAA postseason after winning the CCAA Championship on their home field. With a loss in the second round of the West Regional against fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific, UCSD ended its season at 15-4-4.
In 2007, the Tritons won their eighth straight CCAA South Division title with a 9-2-2 league mark, earning another berth into the NCAA tournament.
The 2006 campaign, during which McManus was named CCAA Coach of the Year, witnessed the Tritons repeat as conference champions after UCSD posted a 13-1-2 mark during league play, winning its seventh straight CCAA South Division title.
McManus guided his squad to another CCAA crown in 2005 with a 4-3 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Nov. 6. The team boasted the CCAA Player of the Year and an All-American in Megan Dickey, along with five All-CCAA and three more All-Far West Region honorees. In 2004, his team won its fifth straight CCAA South Division title before falling in the semifinals of the CCAA Championship, while in 2003, he guided the Tritons to a fourth successive CCAA title.
After consecutive national titles in UCSD's first two years at the Division II level, McManus led his squad to a third straight conference crown and an appearance in the Division II Far West Region final in 2002. The Tritons produced two All-Americans, four All-West Region and five All-CCAA selections, including the CCAA Freshman of the Year in defender Heather Szafraniec.
Triton Soccer Stadium played host to the CCAA Championship and each round of the NCAA Championship in 2001, with standing-room-only, stadium-record crowds for the national semifinals and final.
Division III Dominance
McManus led the Tritons to a total of five Division III national championships, including a title in 1999, their final season at that level. Under his direction in Division III, UCSD was the only team in the nation to participate in every NCAA tournament since 1986. In all, the Tritons were crowned NCAA regional champions nine times and national champions five. Remarkably, UCSD lost just one regular-season game to a Division III opponent in the school's history.
At least three of McManus' former players, Dawn Lee, Kristin Jones and Emily Scheese, went on to become successful coaches in their own right. Lee and Jones, currently guiding the girl's varsity squads at Cathedral Catholic and La Jolla high schools, respectively, have combined for 11 CIF San Diego Section titles since 2001, facing off in the Division III final three times. Jones has also been on McManus' Triton staff for 13 years since concluding her playing career.
McManus, who first came to UC San Diego as an assistant under legendary men's soccer head coach Derek Armstrong in 1986, is a native of Scotland. He played professionally for Raith Rovers and Aberdeen and spent 11 years as a semiprofessional player and coach. He also coached semipro soccer in Los Angeles, and previously coached the boy's team at Torrey Pines High School.
McManus and his wife, Sandra, are longtime residents of La Jolla. Their son and daughter-in-law are the parents of twin boys.
Associate Head Women's Soccer Coach - Kristin Jones
One of the most decorated players to come through the renowned UC San Diego women's soccer program, Kristin Jones is in her 14th season on the Triton coaching staff in 2017. She was elevated to the position of associate head coach on Aug. 28, 2015.
Having jumped straight into coaching at her alma mater in 2004 after exhausting her eligibility, Jones took over as the top assistant under her former head coach, Brian McManus, prior to the start of the 2006 campaign. She assists with all aspects of the team in addition to on-field coaching, including recruiting, scheduling, budgeting, travel and camps. All told, 2017 marks the 18th season in succession of Jones' time at UCSD.
During Jones' first 13 years on McManus' staff, the Tritons posted an overall record of 193-53-31 (.753) with six California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles, 10 NCAA Division II Championship appearances, three West Region crowns and two national runner-up placements. She was part of the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II West Region Staff of the Year under the award's new format.
UCSD managed to do something in 2016 that the storied program had never done before, and that was to complete an unbeaten and untied CCAA slate at 12-0 in cruising to a first regular-season crown in three years under the new system. The Tritons added a record 10th and second consecutive CCAA Tournament banner, falling to eventual national champion Western Washington in the West Region final, 2-1 in overtime in Golden, Colo., to wind up with a 19-3 overall record. Remarkably, for the first time in program history and as the first known instance in CCAA annals, all 11 starters were recognized in some fashion with league postseason distinction. Seven of those Tritons went on to some form of All-America honors.
The 2015 season saw a welcome end to a first-ever two-year hiatus from the NCAA Championship, the Tritons turning a No. 4 seed for the CCAA Tournament into a ninth banner and subsequent automatic berth. UCSD had been picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches' poll. The 2014 squad ran off a 5-0-1 record down the stretch, with four of those matches away from home and allowing just a single goal, to snatch a remarkable return trip to the CCAA Tournament following a lone absence from the event in 2013, out of UCSD's 17 seasons as a league member. The Tritons are record 10-time CCAA tourney champions, with Jones a part of all 10 as either a player or coach.
A gifted forward donning the No. 9 shirt in Triton blue and gold, Jones helped usher in the Division II era at UCSD as it won back-to-back national crowns in 2000 and 2001 immediately after making the move from Division III. She punctuated her freshman year by assisting on the game-winner with just 15 seconds left in regulation to edge Northern Kentucky, 2-1, in the 2000 championship game in Miami Shores, Fla. Jones followed that moment up by tallying the title-clinching goal in the 78th minute of a 2-0 victory over Christian Brothers at Triton Soccer Stadium and being named the 2001 NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. From 2000-03, Jones' teams went 75-10-2 (.874), earning four consecutive CCAA banners and NCAA postseason berths and advancing to the national semifinals on three occasions.
Jones completed her illustrious college career with 78 matches played, 61 starts, 26 goals, eight of them game-winners, 29 assists and 81 total points. A two-time All-American, three-time NSCAA All-West Region First Team selection and three-time All-CCAA performer, she was named the 2003 CCAA Player of the Year after producing team-leading totals of 10 goals and 12 assists as a senior. Jones, also one of 13 UCSD Athletes of the Year for 2003-04, still ranks No. 6 on the program's all-time list in career assists.
With her playing background, Jones works hands-on with the Triton forwards, and has expertly mentored the incredible current strike tandem of Katie O'Laughlin and Mary Reilly to double-digit goal totals in each of the past two seasons, placing 1-2 on the league chart in both years, and 1-2 in the West Region in 2016. O'Laughlin was the 2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association West Region Player of the Year and CCAA Offensive Player of the Year, leading the region with her 16 goals and 41 points, while Reilly was the 2015 CCAA Freshman of the Year. The duo has combined for exactly 50 goals over the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.
Alongside her duties at UCSD, Jones has long been a fixture among area club and high school soccer circles. She was named the director of coaching for La Jolla Youth Soccer League's recreational and competitive programs in 2012, and is also the girl's varsity head coach at La Jolla High School. She guided LJHS to five CIF San Diego Section Division III finals in six years from 2008-13, with a pair of titles and two subsequent CIF Southern California Regional Soccer Championships Division II runner-up showings in 2009 and 2011. Jones was chosen the 2009 CIFSDS Coach of the Year. The Vikings fell in the first round of the 2015 CIFSDS Division I playoffs, and most recently won the CIFSDS Division II crown in March of 2017.
Jones previously assisted McManus with the organization of the La Jolla Nomads Soccer Club for six years, earning a promotion to assistant director of the girl's program in 2008.
Jones earned her bachelor's degree from UCSD in human development in 2004. The San Diego native starred in her prep days at Oceanside High School.
An enthusiast of international soccer and loyal supporter of famed English club Manchester United, Jones attended the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, and was also in Lisbon, Portugal, during the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final there. She was in Canada during the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, taking in eventual champion USA's 1-0 victory over Nigeria in Vancouver.
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach - Trent Painter
Trent Painter is in his seventh season as an assistant coach for the University of California San Diego women's soccer program in 2017. His primary responsibility is to direct the Triton goalkeepers. He also served in the same capacity for the UCSD men's team for four years from 2011-14.
Along with legendary head coach Brian McManus and associate head coach Kristin Jones, Painter was a member of the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II West Region Staff of the Year under the award's new format.
Painter has developed his goalies to achieve great success during his time in La Jolla. Kelcie Brodsky earned postseason recognition from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for each of her four years in the program from 2012-15, with a pair of second-team All-CCAA selections. She broke an 11-year-old school record for single-season saves (114) as a freshman in 2012, adding NSCAA All-West Region Second Team distinction with the sixth-best save percentage (.884) and 15th-best goals-against average (0.595) nationally. Brodsky later took over UCSD's career saves mark.
Itzel Gonzalez took over for Brodsky in 2016, and all she did was post 15 individual clean sheets, a single-season record for the program's NCAA Division II era, and earned All-America, All-West Region and All-CCAA First Team distinction. UCSD managed to do something that the storied program had never done before, producing an unbeaten and untied CCAA mark of 12-0 en route to a first CCAA regular-season crown and then a record 10th and second consecutive CCAA Tournament banner. The Tritons fell to eventual national champion Western Washington in the West Region final, 2-1 in overtime in Golden, Colo., to wind up with a 19-3 overall record.
In his first go-around on the La Jolla campus, Painter mentored Kristin Armstrong, a third-team Daktronics All-American as well as the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year and the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2011. She was second in the nation in GAA (0.348) and fifth in save percentage (.892).
On the men's side, Painter coached two-time All-American and two-time CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player Josh Cohen from 2011-13. Cohen led all of Division II in GAA (0.397) and save percentage (.898) as a junior in 2012, and was fifth in GAA (0.517) a year later while again pacing the league. Cameron McElfresh took over and picked up All-CCAA honorable mention in his first season as the full-time starter in 2014, finishing ninth nationally with a 0.652 GAA.
In total, Painter's pupils have been named an All-American four times and the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player on three occasions, and garnered All-CCAA recognition nine times. Cohen has gone on to start for Burlingame Dragons FC in the Premier Development League (PDL), Orange County Blues FC of the United Soccer League (USL), and currently Phoenix Rising FC in the USL.
In addition to his duties at UCSD, Painter has been closely involved with San Diego youth soccer over the last several years. He currently works in the La Jolla Impact club system, and is the girl's varsity head coach at San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA).
Painter previously trained goalkeepers for the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks, doubling as the head coach for San Pasqual High School's junior varsity team. He came to UCSD from nearby Cal State San Marcos, where he instructed the goalies in 2010 while also coaching a pair of U-11 and U-12 boy's teams for Villa FC.
Painter guided the Fury FC boy's U-16 squad to Rotary Cup and Presidio League titles in 2008. His sides then finished first in the Charity Cup and third at the Nott's Forest Cup in 2009.
Painter earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Cal State San Marcos in 2011.