Stockton, Calif. - University of the Pacific Vice President for External Relations and Athletics Ted Leland has announced the hiring of Ryan Jorden as Men's Soccer Head Coach.
Jorden will start in mid-August, and will restart a Pacific Men's Soccer program that has been dormant at the varsity level since 1985. The Tigers will play as a full Division I program in 2014.
"I am thrilled to take on the challenge of building Pacific Men's Soccer," said Jorden. "I want to thank Dr. Leland for the opportunity to begin something great here in Stockton. I look forward to developing the infrastructure of the program this season and to get on the field with our first team for the 2014 season."
"We are happy to announce Ryan as our new head coach," said Leland. "Out of a very talented pool of candidates, Ryan rose to the top and we are excited to have him build and lead the future of Pacific Men's Soccer. His success at California Baptist has proven that he is ready to take on this challenge."
Jorden had been the head coach at California Baptist University for the last five years, finishing as the most successful coach in program history. He led the Lancers to five straight postseason, including their first-ever NAIA national tournament appearance in 2010. He has also led the Lancers to a PacWest title and two straight NCCAA National Championships. He led the Lancers to a 60-30-10 record and a .650 winning percentage that is the best in program history.
The two-time NCCAA National Coach of the Year, Jorden led the Lancers to its best two-year run in program history in 2011 and 2012, posting a combined record of 33-10-3, which includes a program-record 17 wins in 2011. The Lancers won the PacWest title in their first season in the conference to go along with two straight NCCAA titles. In 2012, the Lancers won the NCCAA title in dramatic fashion, rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the final 30 minutes and scoring the winning goal with just 7.6 seconds left to beat PacWest rival Fresno Pacific.
California Baptist had 12 players earn All-PacWest honors in Jorden's final two seasons, including two-time Goalkeeper of the Year Joey Pacheco. In addition to that, seven players earned NCCAA All-American, including Carlos Figueroa, who was named 2012 NCCAA National Player of the Year as a defender.
While being an attacking-minded coach, Jorden's teams in each of the last three seasons have allowed less than a goal per game. The Lancers had 10 shutouts in each of the last two years. California Baptist also scored 142 goals in the last three years, so his leadership provides a template for great offense and a strong defense.
In 2010 the Lancers won a then program-record 15 games, finishing 15-5, their first winning season since 2003. They won a program-record 13 straight games and came within one win of the conference title, finishing 8-2 in GSAC play. Along the way, the Lancers had four wins over nationally-ranked teams, including a 2-1 win over NCAA Division I No. 28-ranked Sacramento State, which eventually went to its second-straight NCAA Tournament.
The Lancers made their first-ever appearance in the NAIA Top 25, climbing in at No. 18 in the first regular-season poll, and they never left. They eventually climbed to No. 5 before settling in at No. 11 in the final poll of the season. CBU picked up its first-ever postseason win with a 1-0 victory over Westmont in the GSAC Tournament and eventually earned an at-large bid to the national tournament.
Prior to California Baptist, Jorden served as the lead assistant coach for Dave Wolf at Westmont from 2000-07. During his time in Santa Barbara, the Warriors were 82-39-11 and were consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25. In 2000, the Warriors were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, regional champions and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament, finishing 19-5 overall. The Warriors were back-to-back GSAC co-champions in 2001 and 2002.
A graduate of Westmont, Jorden played for the Warriors from 1991-1994 and during that time was part of 65 wins and two national tournament appearances. He earned his bachelor's in kinesiology from Westmont in 1995 and then became the assistant coach with the men's soccer program at NCAA Division I Oregon State University in 1996. During his four years at OSU, he also completed his master's degree in exercise science.
After returning to coach at Westmont for three years, he took a leave of absence in 2003 to pursue his Ph.D. in sport and exercise science with an emphasis in biomechanics at Northern Colorado, which he finished in October 2010. During that 2003 season, he worked as an assistant coach with the UNC soccer program. Returning to Westmont in the fall of 2004, Jorden resumed his coaching responsibilities and also served as a full-time member of the kinesiology faculty teaching courses in biomechanics, research methods, motor control and a variety of physical activity courses.
Jorden is a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) 'A' licensed coach with Olympic Development Program (ODP) experience in multiple states. He also has a U.S. Youth Soccer National "Y" license and is on the CalSouth coaching education staff and ODP Region IV staff.
Jorden and his wife Liz have two sons, Graeme (10) and Evan (8).