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Head Coach Yossi Raz

Raz takes over guidance of the Anteater program in 2017 as the fourth head coach in UCI men's soccer history after four seasons as head coach at Cal Poly Pomona. He was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the Broncos to conference regular-season and tournament championships. 

His Cal Poly Pomona team followed up in 2015 with a second consecutive 17-win season and the program's second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament that led to the championship match.  

The Broncos returned to the NCAA tourney again in 2016, reaching the third round.  In four seasons at Cal Poly Pomona, Raz compiled a record of 58-17-12.

Raz is no stranger to the Big West Conference mentality as he was part of the soccer program at CSUN for 13 years, four as a student-athlete and nine more as an assistant coach.  Raz was named First Team All-Big West in each of his four seasons competing for the Matadors, earning Big West Freshman of the Year honors and Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction from CSUN and the Big West.

Raz joined the Matadors' coaching staff in 2005 and made an immediate impact, helping CSUN amass a 15-4-3 record and a Big West championship.  The Matadors reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, defeating league rival UC Santa Barbara in the program's lone Division I Tournament victory.

Off the pitch, Raz was President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and was selected for the NCAA Leadership Conference.  His interest in academics continued on as an assistant coach at CSUN, as he was involved in the academic and social progress of his student-athletes and later at Cal Poly Pomona, consistently recognized by the Division of Student Affairs for his program's 100 percent graduation rate.

Raz's coaching circle includes the youth level, where he has recruited talent for the U.S. Youth National Team as a scout and coach.  He has participated globally in coaching clinics in countries such as Guatemala, Brazil, and Spain, as well as being a training participant in Israel where he was born and raised.  Raz previously spent time with the Israeli Youth National Team.

The Raz File

  • 2015, NCAA Division II National Runner-Up
  • 2014, CCAA Coach of the Year
  • Head Coach, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Assistant Coach, CSUN
  • 4-time All-Big West, CSUN

 

Season School Overall Postseason
2013 Cal Poly Pomona   7-7-4 NCAA Third Round
2014 Cal Poly Pomona    17-1-2 NCAA Runner-Up
2015 Cal Poly Pomona   17-3-3 CCAA Champs
2016 Cal Poly Pomona   13-6-3
Total 4 Seasons 54-17-12

 

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