Kevin Grimes Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year

Nov. 9, 2006

BERKELEY - California head coach Kevin Grimes was named the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year for an unprecedented third time and four Golden Bears were awarded spots on the All-Pac-10 first team for men's soccer, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Cal junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil, senior midfielder Eric Ebert, senior midfielder Andrew Jacobson and senior defender Steve Purdy earned conference recognition along with Grimes, who led the Bears to their first conference title this year and a No. 13 seed in the upcoming NCAA College Cup.

Grimes, in his seventh-year at Cal, is the only coach to have garnered the Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor in men's soccer more than once, having won in 2002, 2005 and 2006. Grimes has an overall record of 79-49-12 at Cal, and is only one of four Bears coaches in men's soccer to reach 50 wins in Berkeley.

This season, he guided the Bears to a 7-3-0 conference record, 12-5-1 overall, while earning a bye in the first round of the College Cup. Cal's bid extends its program record to six consecutive postseason appearances.

The Bears host a College Cup second-round game against the winner of San Francisco-New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Edwards Stadium.

Ayala-Hil leads Cal in scoring (22 points) goalscoring (10) and game-winning goals (4). The latter came against Dartmouth (Sept. 15), Sacramento State (Sept. 17), Washington (Oct. 15) and UCLA (Oct. 29). The 5-8 product of East Palo Alto also has two assists after starting in 18 of 18 games for the Bears.

Ebert, a three-year starter from Irvine, scored eight points (3 goals, 2 assists) and one game-winning goal, the latter coming in a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 8). The 6-0 midfielder was All-Pac-10 honorable mention last season.

This is the second straight appearance on the first team for Jacobson, a 6-2 playmaker from Palo Alto who scored seven points (3 goals, 1 assist) this season. Two of his goals were game winners, against conference foes UCLA (Sept. 22) and Washington (Oct. 8).

The 6-4 Purdy, from San Jose, is Cal's second-leading scorer, with a career-high 12 points in 18 starts. He was a member of the All-Pac-10 second team in 2005 and was and was all-conference honorable mention in 2004. This year, he has also scored a career-high five goals, including winners against San Jose State (Sept. 9) and Oregon State (Oct. 13) along with two assists. Cal's ironman has been a fixture in the starting lineup since he came to Berkeley, starting in 78 of the 80 games in which he has played.

In addition to Ayala-Hil, Jacobson and Purdy gaining spot on the all-conference first team, six Bears collected honorable mention recognition: senior midfielder Nick Hatzke, freshman midfielder Hector Jimenez, freshman midfielder Imaan Kerchgani, junior goalkeeper Justin Myers, junior midfielder Luke Sassano and sophomore forward Jacob Wilson.

The Bears finished the regular season leading the conference in goals-against average (0.82) and shutout percentage (0.44). In addition, they ranked 27th nationally in scoring offense averaging 1.83 points per game and 29th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.694).



Name Pos. Yr. School
Ely Allen F Sr. WASH
Javier Ayala-Hil F Jr. CAL
Eric Ebert M Sr. CAL
Robbie Findley** F Sr. OSU
Kevin Forrest* F RsJr. WASH
Tally Hall* GK Sr. SDSU
Ty Harden* D Sr. WASH
Andrew Jacobson* M RsJr. CAL
Steve Purdy D Sr. CAL
Mike Zaher D Jr. UCLA
Sal Zizzo D So. UCLA


Name Pos. Yr. School
Raul Bautista M RsSr. SDSU
Scott Bolkan D Jr. STAN
Nick Cardenas D Fr. SDSU
David Estrada F Fr. UCLA
Matt Fischer D Sr. WASH
George John M So. WASH
Jason Leopoldo M/F So. UCLA
Kiel McClung D Sr. UCLA
Evan Morgan M Jr. STAN
Michael Strickland M Fr. STAN
Galen Thompson M/D Sr. STAN

*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-Pac-10 honoree

HONORABLE MENTION (received votes):
Kraig Chiles (RsJr., M, SDSU); Alex Christensen (Jr., D, OSU); Andrew DiCicco (Sr., F, SDSU); Brett Gardner (Jr., D/M, OSU); Nick Hatzke (RsSr., M, CAL); Rylan Hawkins (RsFr., GK, WASH); Kyle Hency (RsJr., D/M, STAN); Hector Jimenez (Fr., M, CAL); Bryan Jordan (Sr., F, OSU); Jo Jo Katz (So., M, WASH); Imaan Kerchgani (Fr., M, CAL); Daniel Leach (So., D, OSU); John Moore (Fr., GK, STAN); Justin Myers (RsJr., GK, CAL); Kyle Nakazawa (Fr., M, UCLA); T.J. Novak (So., M/F, STAN); Danny Ortiz (So., D, SDSU); Eric Reed (Sr., GK, UCLA); Brad Rusin (So., D, UCLA); Dennis Sanchez (So., D, SDSU); Luke Sassano (Jr., M/F, CAL) ; Dan Shapiro (Jr., F, STAN); Bret Shimizu (Sr., M, STAN); Jacob Wilson (RsSo., M, CAL).

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