104 Intercollegiate Athletics Building | 949-824-1096

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

Contact Coach Raz

Office: IAB 104
Phone: (949) 824-9224
Email: yraz@uci.edu

Assistant Coach Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O’Sullivan is in his first season on the UC Irvine Men’s Soccer Staff after joining in early 2017.

O’Sullivan arrives from NCAA Division II powerhouse St. Edward’s University after he was named as part of the NSCAA Division II South-Central Regional Staff of the Year in 2016. The Hilltoppers of St Edward’s were nationally ranked in five of his seven years, as high as 3rd in the country during the 2016 season and made three straight NCAA National tournaments, including being the number 1 seed in the South-Central region in 2014 and 2016.

During O’Sullivan’s tenure in Austin, St. Edward’s won five Heartland Conference titles with an impressive combined record of 87-31-15. They were the first Heartland Conference team ever to go undefeated in a season during 2014 and followed it up with the same feat in 2015, winning 27 straight conference games. As St. Edward’s recruiting coordinator he brought in 13 All Americans, 26 all-region and 48 all-conference student-athletes. St. Edward’s were impressive on the defensive side of the ball as they led the nation in Goal against average (0.50) in 2015 with 14 shutouts and were ranked No. 1 nationally in shutouts (15) in 2016 with 0.45 GAA.

Prior to arriving at St. Edward’s in 2010, O’Sullivan started coaching college soccer at NCAA Division II outfit the University of the Incarnate Word, were they won two Heartland Conference championships and made the NCAA Division II national tournament with an overall record of 35-20-4 over his three seasons.

Before starting with his coaching career, O’Sullivan played at California State University, Bakersfield for three seasons (2003-05) where he was part of the 2004 CCAA championship team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division II Tournament. He earned first team All-CCAA honors after leading his team in goals and assists in 2005. O’Sullivan scored 13 goals from the midfield and added 10 assists over his three years at CSUB including a hat trick against defending NCAA National Champion Somona State.

O’Sullivan, a native of Preston, England, graduated CSU Bakersfield in 2007 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and completed his Master’s Degree in 2009 from University of the Incarnate Word in Business Sports Management. He and his Wife, Taylar, have a daughter, Georgie.


The O'Sullivan File

  • 2016 NSCAA Division II South-Central Regional Staff of the Year
  • Assistant Coach, St. Edward's University
  • Assistant Coach, University of the Incarnate Word
  • 2003-05, CSU Bakersfield

Contact Coach O'Sullivan

Email: mjosulli@uci.edu | Phone: (949) 824-1096
Office: IAB 105

Assistant Coach Cale Rodriguez

Rodriguez comes to UC Irvine after spending the last two seasons as head coach at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. In his first season at the helm, the Pirates went 16-3-3 and finished the year with the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship, culminating in a final season ranking of 13th in the country for Division I Junior Colleges by the NSCAA. In his second year, the Pirates went 16-0-3, winning back to back NWAC North Division Championships, culminating in a final season ranking of 9th in the country for Division I Junior Colleges by the NSCAA, with Rodriguez earning NWAC North Division Coach of the Year honors.

Prior to Peninsula College, Rodriguez spent four years at his alma mater, the University of Redlands in California where he served as assistant coach in 2010, and from 2012-2015 under Ralph Perez, a U.S. soccer coaching icon. As an assistant for the Bulldogs, he assisted in all aspects of running the program while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Rodriguez was instrumental in putting together one of the most successful recruiting classes in the history of the program, which has now won three straight SCIAC championships and reached the NCAA tournament the last two seasons while being nationally-ranked. He also spent a year as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 2011-2012.

Other coaching experience for Rodriguez includes one year as a head coach for Nevada Boys ODP (2016), one year as a head coach for Pateadores IER (2014-15) in Redlands, one year as a head coach for Heat FC (2011-12) in Las Vegas, one year as a head coach for San Gabriel Valley Soccer Club (2010-11) in Monrovia and one year as a head coach girls varsity soccer at Gahr High School (2010-11) in Cerritos.

In Rodriguez’s playing career at Redlands, he was a four-year starter and served as team captain his senior year in 2009. He was named to the NCAA Division III All-West Region Team and was twice named All-Conference. His career totals include fourth all-time in games started and tenth all-time in games played in program history. His Bulldogs were nationally-ranked in 2006-2008, winning conference titles and reaching the NCAA playoffs all three years. 

Rodriguez graduated from the University of Redlands in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and received his Master’s degree in Higher Education from Redlands in July of 2014. Rodriguez also currently works with the Pateadores Development Academy and reserve teams and holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “C” license in coaching. He currently resides in Costa Mesa, CA with his wife Dana. 

 

The Rodriguez File

  • 2016 NWAC North Division Coach of the Year
  • Head Coach, Peninsula College
  • Assistant Coach, UNLV
  • Assistant Coach, University of Redlands

Contact Coach Rodriguez

Email: caler@uci.edu | Phone: (949) 824-1096
Office: IAB 105

 

Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach Brian Lanoye

Brian Lanoye joins the UC Irvine men's soccer coaching staff as an assistant and goalkeeper coach for 2017.

Lanoye made the move from Cal Poly Pomona along with Head Coach Raz after two successful campaigns as an assistant coach at CPP. The Broncos reached the NCAA Division II Tournament in each year reaching the West Regional Finals last season and finishing as the National Championship runner-up in 2015. In the two seasons, the program produced five All-Americans and, in 2016, set a school record for shutouts.

Prior to his time at CPP, Lanoye came from Cal State Fullerton where he is an alum and spent eight seasons with the coaching staff. Lanoye began as an undergraduate assistant in 2006 and spent four seasons in that position, and upgraded to graduate assistant and goalkeeper coach in 2010 before leaving for CPP in 2014. The Titans earned a Big West Tournament title in 2014 with its goalkeeper honored as Tournament MVP along with a season that saw the squad tie its school record for shutouts.

Lanoye completed his education at Cal State Fullerton in 2013 receiving a Master's of Science in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology building on his Bachelor's of Science, also in Kinesiology, he acquired in 2010.

Outside of the collegiate realm, Lanoye recently joined the Slammers Futbol Club coaching staff in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 The Lanoye File

  • Assistant Coach, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Assistant Coach, Cal State Fullerton

Contact Coach Lanoye

Email: blanoye@uci.edu | Phone: (949) 824-1096
Office: IAB 105

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