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Cal women’s soccer tabs Risenhoover as associate head coach

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BERKELEY (Via University of California) – Entering his third season with the Cal women’s soccer program, Austin Risenhoover has been elevated to the position of associate head coach, Golden Bears head coach Neil McGuire announced on Thursday.

“Austin is a valuable member of our staff and an outstanding coach,” McGuire said. “As our recruiting coordinator, he has done an incredible job building classes to ensure our program can compete with the nation’s best. As one of the preeminent tactical coaches in the country, he has been heavily courted so we are proud he has made the commitment to stay with us at Cal.”

Since joining the Cal staff in March of 2017, Risenhoover has helped recruit and develop some of the top talent in the nation. The Golden Bears have produced six All-Pac-12 and a pair of Pac-12 All-Freshman selections in Risenhoover’s two seasons, while the Bears’ incoming freshman class is ranked in the Top-10 nationally according to TopDrawerSoccer.


“I want to personally thank Neil for this promotion and opportunity to grow,” Risenhoover said. “I am very thankful to get to coach at a world-class institution with a great soccer tradition and amazing student-athletes. I’m grateful to be a part of this staff and I’m excited to keep pushing the program forward.”

Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Risenhoover spent four seasons at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was elevated to associate head coach for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In his last two seasons with the Gauchos, Risenhoover led the team to back-to-back seasons with double-digit wins.

Before coaching at UCSB, Risenhoover served as an assistant at Cal State Monterey Bay for two seasons, having previously spent time coaching and working in operations at the University of Oklahoma.

Risenhoover began his coaching career at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, serving as an assistant coach for the Drover men’s and women’s teams. He had his hands in many facets of the programs, including training, scouting, recruiting and operations. While there, he helped the women’s team to the first NAIA Top 25 ranking in school history. Risenhoover also has extensive experience coaching at both the club and high school levels, and led Edmond North High School (Okla.) to a 6A State Championship in 2010.

Risenhoover played collegiately at Bacone College in Oklahoma, where he was a two–time first team All–Red River Conference pick for the Warriors. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2005 with a degree in physical education and health sciences.

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