The UCLA soccer men’s team has introduced their 11th head coach in program history as Ryan Jorden is now in charge of the Bruins.
It is a new dawn in Westwood as the UCLA soccer men’s team has their new head coach. Ryan Jorden, formerly of Pacific University, is now calling Westwood home.
Jorden comes in from Pacific University where he has had the Tigers playing at a national level the last several seasons. Last year, Pacific went 12-5-2 with an NCAA Tournament appearance (their third consecutive).
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A year before that first tournament appearance in 2015 (where the Tigers went 13-4-2), Pacific went 1-15-1, giving Jorden the largest single-season turnaround in Division I men’s soccer history.
The new coach comes in to take over a Bruin squad that has been underperforming in the last few season’s. Last year, the Bruins went a disappointing 10-9 with a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament. Surprisingly, that was an improvement from the previous season where the Bruins went 7-10-1 with no postseason appearance.
Jorden comes in after former head coach Jorge Salcedo resigned back in March. Salcedo was one of over 50 people indicted in the massive college admissions scandal as he was accused of taking two separate payments of $100,000 for helping two students enroll at UCLA under the false pretense that they were coming in as soccer recruits, though they had little to no soccer experience.
Salcedo was the only UCLA coach to have been linked with the college admissions scandal.
So not only will Jorden come in to revive a dormant program, but to also bring credibility back to UCLA men’s soccer. Either way, Bruins fans are excited to have him.
Welcome to Westwood, Coach Jorden!