104 Intercollegiate Athletics Building | 949-824-8158 | msoccer@uci.edu

Head Coach Chris Volk

Chris Volk returns as the head coach for the Anteaters for a third year following an impressive rookie campaign going 16-6-3 and taking the program to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and third Sweet Sixteen.

Volk assumed the head coaching position last season after 17 seasons as lead assistant and goalkeeper coach for the Anteaters. Volk has been a central figure in the rise of UC Irvine men's soccer which has become a perennial contender.

He has been a part of the program's four Big West regular season and tournament titles along with it's five NCAA Tournament berths in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014. The squad returned to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014 joining its 2008 and 2013 runs.

In 2008, Volk was named the NSCAA Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Volk came to UCI after spending the 1996 season as a goalkeeper with the Anaheim Splash, and serving as an assistant coach at San Diego State, his alma mater, from 1995-96.

Coach Volk served as the women's assistant coach at Mesa College in 1994 and as the goalkeeper coach for the men`s team that same year. He also served as Grossmont High School's head coach for the girls` team from 1992-96, taking them to the CIF playoffs every year.

Volk played collegiately at San Diego State University from 1987 to 1991. The Aztecs were NCAA Division I runners-up in 1987. In 1990, he received the Most Inspirational Player Award.

On the professional level, Volk was the goalkeeper coach for the F.C. Bratz in 1996 and a head coach for the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club from 1992-1996. He was a member of the 1994 Continental Indoor Soccer League Championship team, the Las Vegas Dustdevils as well as a member of the 1998 A-League Orange County Zodiac.

Volk holds a USSF National 'A` License as well as a National Youth License.

Volk was an assistant coach with the National Champion California State Amateur team that won the Donnelly Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Volk and his wife, Amy, have a son, Kevin and a daughter, Katie.



The Volk File

  • NSCAA Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year
  • Assistant Coach, San Diego State


Season School Overall Big West
2014 UC Irvine 16-6-3 4-5-1 (2nd South)
2015 UC Irvine 5-11-4 3-5-2 (3rd South)
Total 2 Seasons 21-17-7 7-10-3


Contact Coach Volk

Email: cvolk@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-1096

Office: IAB 104

Assistant Coach Keith Costigan

Keith Costigan prepares for his third season with the UC Irvine Anteaters now as their lead assistant.

Costigan spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners compiling a 49-31-17 record. Prior to his coaching career, he was a member of the CSUB men's soccer team from 1999-2000, earning All-CCAA honors both seasons and earning All-NSCA All-Region honors in 2000. His 12 assists during the 2000 season are tied for the second most in a season in CSUB history.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Costigan returned to Europe after college for a brief tenure with Luton Town in England before the A-League Portland Timbers came calling. During his two seasons in the Pacific Northwest, Costigan led the Timbers' in assists during the 2001 season and led the squad in minutes played the following year from his left-back position. He trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy during the off-season, and concluded his professional career in 2004 with the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders.

Costigan began his tenure with Fox Soccer Channel in 2005 on the weekly call-in show, Fox Football Friday, and later served as co-host of Super Saturday + alongside Nick Webster. He currently hosts Super Sunday Plus, is a regular on the network's Barclays Premier League and Serie A telecasts and serves as a fill-in host on Fox Football Fone-In.

Costigan joined Seattle Sounders FC for the 2016 season as the play-by-play voice on their regional television broadcasts.

Costigan has had the opportunity to interview a wide range of personalities - ranging from David Beckham to Sinead O'Connor - during his time at FSC. He also contributes to the Foxsoccer.com website with his weekly rankings and is a regular contributor to the Kop magazine, a publication that sells in Europe and is aimed at fans of Liverpool F.C.

In addition to his work at Fox Sports, Costigan has coached club soccer for more than 10 years, including stints with the Bakersfield Gunners and the Pacific Coast Soccer Club in Santa Monica. He has also assisted the boy's team at Windward High School in Los Angeles for the past four years, a program that has advanced to the CIF Southern Section playoffs every year of his tenure. Costigan currently holds a national "A" license and over the summer, earned his UEFA "A" license.

As a coach for the Chivas USA U18 Academy club, he led them to the players most recently in 2013.

The Costigan File

  • Assistant Coach, CSU Bakersfield

Contact Coach Costigan

Email: kcostiga@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-1096

Office: IAB 105


Assistant Coach Mike Ditta

Mike Ditta is in his eighthyear as an assistant coach at UC Irvine after joining the program from Santiago Canyon College in 2008 where he was an assistant coach.
Since joining the program in 2009, the 'Eaters have been Big West regular season and tournament champions three times each and made four NCAA Tournament appearances which included Sweet Sixteen berths in each of last two during which the program was named a top-30 recruiting class in 2010 and 2011.
Ditta is the Academy Staff Coach for the Pateadores Soccer Club where he has been since 2005. He also had great success at the high school level where he won CIF Championships with the girls team at Riverside Polytechnic in 1994, with the boys team at West Covina South Hills in 1999, and while head coach of the Woodbridge High School girl's team from 2013-15.
Ditta played two seasons with the Los Angeles Salsa Soccer Club for the Third Division Los Angeles Cobras from 1993-95 where he earned All-Tournament honors at the national championships. He later played two seasons at Vanguard University where he earned league and regional honors.
Ditta concluded his playing career at Azusa Pacific University where he earned his bachelors degree in sociology. He later completed his M.S. degree in education administration from National University in 2004 and was awarded his USSF A License in 2006. 

The Ditta File

  • Director of Coaching, Pateadores Soccer Club

Contact Coach Ditta

Email: mditta@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-1096

Office: IAB 105


Volunteer Coach Dallas Jaussi

Dallas Jaussi enters his second season with the program. He began in 2015 with a wealth of coaching experience to his name. The USSF C Licensed coach currently doubles as a Director of Team and Player Development with the Elite Soccer League and California Football Academy where he has reached the CSL League Cup Sweet 16, been named a USYSA Regional Finalist, and Cal-South State Cup Champion with under-17 and under-18 squads.

Prior to his coaching days, Jaussi had a go in the professional ranks earning an invitation to the Portland Timbers USL combine and finding a place with the Seattle Sounders Football Club during the 2008-09 seasons.

He honed his skills with the Madison Dragons Football Club based out of Idaho Falls, Idaho from 2007-08 where he earned the captain's sleeve in 2008.

His college career spanned Divisions II and II starting off at Colorado State University-Pueblo for his first two seasons before landing at Southern Virginia University where he led the program in scoring as a junior and earned academic scholar accolades.

The Texas-native eventually earned his Bachelor's Degree in communications from BYU-Idaho in 2010 with a minor in psychology.

The Jaussi File

  • Director of Team and Player Development, California Football Academy
  • Licensed Coach C, United States Soccer Federation

Contact Coach Jaussi

Phone: 949-824-1096

Office: IAB 105

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