Ricardo Gutierrez Joins Men’s Soccer Staff
BERKELEY – Ricardo Gutierrez has joined the California men's soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach, first-year Cal head coach Leonard Griffin announced Wednesday. Gutierrez was previously an assistant coach under Griffin at Grand Canyon University in 2021.
"The University of California does an exceptional job with its holistic development of the student-athlete," Griffin said. "It's my goal that the men's soccer program and our staff mirror the department's efforts for our players' success athletically, academically and in their careers after graduation.
"I'm grateful to add Ricardo Gutierrez to our staff because he will embody the culture of the university and the men's soccer team. Ricardo is one of the brightest soccer minds I've had the privilege to work with, and his track record for player development has led to numerous players reaching their goal of playing professionally. His dedication, commitment, and loyalty will help ensure the continued success of our program for years to come."
Last season at Grand Canyon, Gutierrez was part of a staff that led the Antelopes to a 15-4-1 record, the WAC regular-season championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to Grand Canyon, Gutierrez worked under Griffin at San Francisco from 2019-2021. While the West Coast Conference preseason poll picked USF to finish last in the spring 2021 season, Griffin and Gutierrez led the Dons to a third-place finish in the WCC.
Gutierrez also worked as the executive director of the Carolina Renegades Soccer Club in 2017. He has coached for more than 18 years and helped several players reach U.S. national team programs.
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