Jacob Wilson Returns For Men’s Soccer
BERKELEY – The California men's soccer coaching staff continues to take shape, with head coach Leonard Griffin announcing Friday that assistant coach Jacob Wilson is staying on board.
Wilson, who completed his seventh year on the staff in the fall 2021 season, had been the program's interim head coach between the retirement of Kevin Grimes in February and the hiring of Griffin in March. A former All-Pac-12 defender, Wilson played at Cal under Grimes from 2004-09.
The coaching staff also includes first-year assistant coach Ricardo Gutierrez, who joined the program this week.
"Jake has been vital in my transition here at Cal," Griffin said. "His passion for Cal exudes in every aspect of his role. Jake has played the game at a high level and as a coach, and he has helped develop some of the best players that have come out of this program. His knowledge of the university and recruiting connections in the Bay Area will only help push the program to new heights. It's an honor to have both Ricardo and Jake on board as we strive to win Pac-12 and national championships."
Wilson helped the program reach the NCAA tournament in 2017 and 2019 and produce 10 Golden Bears who went on to play professionally, including Nick Lima (Austin FC, MLS), Sam Junqua (Houston Dynamo FC, MLS) and recent graduate Christopher Grey (San Jose Earthquakes II, MLS NEXT Pro), who finished his Cal career in the fall.
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