Jorge Salcedo Named UCLA Men's Soccer Head Coach
Feb. 6, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA Athletic Department announced today that Jorge Salcedo has been selected as head coach of the Bruin men's soccer program.
Salcedo has been the Bruins' assistant coach since 2001 and helped lead UCLA to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 team championships. In 2002, he served as acting head coach in a crucial road victory at Stanford in November that helped the Bruins capture their first-ever Pac-10 title. He also served as acting head coach in the spring of 2002 in the coaching transition between Todd Saldaï¿½a and Tom Fitzgerald and has served in a similar capacity since January, when Fitzgerald announced his resignation.
'It is an honor and a privilege to be named the head coach of the UCLA men's soccer program,' said Salcedo. 'It is a responsibility that I won't take lightly, and I will do everything in my power to continue the great tradition that Sigi Schmid, Todd Saldaï¿½a and Tom Fitzgerald have built.'
'There are so many people I would like to thank throughout this process, especially the Athletic Department and (Athletic Director) Dan Guerrero, (Associate Athletic Directors) Ken Weiner, Betsy Stephenson and the rest of the search committee who were involved in the process,' Salcedo continued. 'I would also be remiss not to thank my family, friends, UCLA soccer alumni and the soccer community, who have all been very supportive.'
Salcedo, who is a scout for the U.S. National Team, was the head coach of the 2002 U-16 SoCal ODP State team and was also the assistant coach of the U-17 team in 2001.
The Cerritos, Calif. native had an illustrious career at UCLA from 1990-93. Salcedo was a four-year starter, playing 74 games and tallying six goals and seven assists for 19 points. As a freshman, he scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout during the 1990 NCAA Championship game to give UCLA its second national title. In 1993 as a senior, he earned NSCAA first-team All-America honors.
Salcedo played for five years in Major League Soccer (MLS). In his first season in the league, he was a starter for the Los Angeles Galaxy and helped take his team to the MLS Championship game. He also played for Chicago, where he served as team co-captain, Columbus and Tampa Bay before returning to the Galaxy in 1999. Prior to his MLS career, he played with the LA Salsa in the APSL and then for F.C. Morelia of the Mexican First Division. Salcedo was also a member of the U.S. National Team program, earning three caps with the full national team, captaining the U-17 team at the 1989 World Youth Championships and the U-20 team at the 1990 CONCACAF Tournament.
Salcedo has had extensive ties to the Bruin program for many years. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and was part of three of the Bruins' four NCAA Championship teams. He was a ballboy for UCLA during its first championship year in 1985, scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 Championship game and was an assistant coach for the 2002 squad. In addition, his father Hugo was a UCLA assistant coach from 1978-79.
'Jorge is the right fit for our program,' said UCLA Associate Athletic Director Ken Weiner. 'He is a student of the game, cares deeply about the 'art of soccer' and has shown tremendous strength, guidance and passion as a coach and mentor to our student-athletes. Our Bruin family is very supportive of Jorge, and I am sure he will enjoy success as our head coach for many years to come.'
'I'm looking forward to the challenge of being a head coach and the work that lies ahead,' Salcedo said. 'Along with the players, we will be working together to reach our goal of having yet another successful season.'