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Coaching Jun 20, 2019

University of the Pacific hires Adam Reeves as head soccer coach


After a nation-wide search for the next head coach for the Pacific men’s soccer program, the University named Adam Reeves as the second head coach in the program’s modern era.

Reeves joins the Tigers after sustaining Cal Poly Pomona’s growth into a national powerhouse at the Division II level. He spent two seasons as the program’s associate head coach before making a seamless transition to head coach in 2017. Under Reeves, the Broncos won a total of 34 games in two seasons and made back-to-back NCAA Division II Semifinal Round appearances in 2017 and 2018.

Reeves and his staff at Cal Poly Pomona are the reigning NCAA Division II West Region Coaching Staff of the Year for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“We are very excited to bring Coach Adam Reeves to the University of the Pacific family and the Stockton community,” Director of Athletics Janet Lucas said. “He is an experienced and talented soccer professional on and off the field with proven success in recruitment, player development, academic achievement and mentoring student-athletes. As a leader, Coach Reeves brings extensive championship coaching experience and an in-depth understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a winning culture. I have tremendous confidence in his abilities and his vision for the program.”

Pacific has made the NCAA Tournament’s second-round for three years running and Reeves has proven that he has the ability to keep a winning tradition going.

“I’m thrilled to be chosen as the next head coach for UoP’s men’s soccer program,” Reeves said. “I’m excited to continue the success on and off the field from the foundation that [former head coach] Ryan Jorden laid. He’s done a tremendous job in recruiting top-notch student-athletes and I look forward to continuing that going forward. Pacific is a tremendous academic institution with storied success on the court and field and it was extremely attractive to me to be a part of that and the Tiger family. I’m appreciative and thank Director of Athletics Janet Lucas, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Wes Yourth, the search committee and the entire staff at Pacific that helped make this a reality.”

Reeves takes over the program bringing with him a total of 16 years of collegiate soccer coaching experience and a United States Soccer Class A Coaching License following the departure of former Tiger head coach Ryan Jorden, who took over UCLA’s program on April 29.

Reeves took over a Bronco program that made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016 and didn’t miss a beat in his first season leading the program. He led the Broncos to a four-win improvement in 2017 and led the charge in a run to the NCAA Semifinal Round with wins over Cal Baptist, the No. 2 team in the nation in the West Region Final and another win over No. 1 Midwestern State in the NCAA Quarterfinal. Reeves and the Broncos fell to No. 3 Charleston in the NCAA Semifinal Round, 1-0.

Last season, Reeves and the Broncos made yet another run to the NCAA Semifinal, their third in four years. The Broncos won 17 games on their way to their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament. Reeves’ team posted shutouts in the first four postseason games and defeated West Texas A&M, 2-0, in the NCAA Quarterfinal. The Broncos fell to West Chester in the semifinals in an overtime thriller, 2-1.

Reeves tutelage helped Sergi Monso to back-to-back United Soccer Coaches All-American selections in 2017 and 2018. Monso, Nadeer Ghantous and Luis Najera, Jr. were Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Americans in 2017.

His teams were strong in the classroom as well. Two players were named Scholar All-Americans in 2017.

Prior to taking the helm at Cal Poly Pomona, Reeves spent two years as the Broncos Associate Head Coach under Yossi Raz, who is the current head coach at UC Irvine. While serving under Raz, Reeves helped the Broncos to a California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship as well as their first-ever NCAA Tournament win in 2015. The Broncos reached the Division II NCAA Championship game in that season as well following a 1-0 victory over Rockhurst in the NCAA Semifinal. The Broncos fell to Pfeifer, 4-0 in the national title game.

Reeves and the program returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 following a 13-win season. The Broncos fell to UC San Diego, 1-0 in overtime in the NCAA West Region Final.

Prior to working with the Broncos, Reeves spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton, where he helped the Titans to a Big West Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. His career has also taken him to coaching stops with the LA Galaxy Development Academy, Golden State FC, Freedom Futbol Club, Mission Viejo Pateadores, Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club and Irvine High School.

Reeves playing career began at Cal State Fullerton in 1998 and 1999 before he transferred to Washington where he helped the Huskies to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2003.

Reeves and his wife, Catie and their three children, Gonzalo, Micah and Eleanor will all join the Stockton community in the coming weeks.