UC San Diego Great Kristin Jones Named Women's Soccer Head Coach
LA JOLLA, Calif. - One of its greatest ever players as a two-time All-American and two-time national champion, Kristin Jones has been named the new head coach of the University of California San Diego women's soccer program. Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards made the announcement on Wednesday morning.
Jones becomes just the sixth head coach in the illustrious history of UC San Diego Women's Soccer, and first female, going back through 1981.
"After an extensive search that produced a number of highly-qualified candidates, it was clear that elevating Kristin Jones to the position of head women's soccer coach at UC San Diego was the best decision," said Edwards. "The Triton program has a storied history of consistent success, and Kristin has played a critical role as a player, assistant and associate head coach. She has earned the right to lead the program to the next phase of its evolution as we transition to Division I and the Big West Conference. I have every confidence she will create a new identity for the program that maintains competitive and academic success, and cultivates a culture that is consistent with the values and mission of UC San Diego."
"I'd first of all like to thank Earl, the hiring committee and the University for the opportunity to step into this position and continue the great success of this program that matters so much to me and that I'm so passionate about," said Jones. "I'm excited to not only take us into the new era of Division I, but also finish Division II off with a bang. I think that these last four months, and the success that the program had, was a good reflection of what we as a staff can do. I'm looking forward to building on that momentum, implementing some new ideas to the structure of the program, and hopefully seeing that equal a lot more success in the long run."
The 2019 season will mark Jones' milestone 20th consecutive campaign as a Triton. She was a four-year standout from 2000-03, helping guide UC San Diego to back-to-back Division II national titles over its first two years after transitioning from Division III. She immediately joined the coaching staff for the 2004 campaign, having completed her undergraduate degree in human development. The top assistant since 2006 on the staff of Brian McManus, whom she played for, Jones was elevated to the position of associate head coach in late August of 2015.
UC San Diego has one more year of Division II membership remaining for the 2019 season under Jones' direction, before she and her Tritons level up further and begin a brand-new era in Division I and the Big West Conference in the fall of 2020.
Jones served as the senior member of the 2018 staff, which included Trent Painter and Greg LaPorte, with UC San Diego completing a third successive sweep of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season and tournament championships before defending its West Region title. The Tritons went 19-3-2 overall, 10-2 in league play, and a perfect 11-0 at home on their way to the national semifinals in Pittsburgh, Pa., falling to eventual national champion Bridgeport.
As a coach, Jones has aided UC San Diego to an overall record of 229-58-36, a winning percentage of .765, with 10 total CCAA banners (three regular-season and seven tournament), 12 NCAA Championship appearances, five West Region crowns and two national runner-up placements. She was part of the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II West Region Staff of the Year.
Outside of UC San Diego, Jones guided nearby La Jolla High School to three CIF San Diego Section championships. Her Vikings advanced to five CIFSDS Division III finals in six years from 2008-13, winning twice, and lifted the Division II crown in her second-to-last season in 2017. Jones has also worked in several area club programs over the years, most recently as the director of coaching with the La Jolla Impact.
Jones started 61 of 78 matches played as a Triton striker donning the No. 9 shirt, finishing with 26 goals, eight of them winners, 29 assists and 81 total points. A two-time All-American, three-time NSCAA All-West Region First Team selection and three-time All-CCAA performer, she was named the 2003 CCAA Player of the Year as a senior en route to the national semifinals. A San Diego native, Jones previously starred at Oceanside High School.
All told between her playing and coaching days, Jones has been a part of 304 UC San Diego wins and a remarkable 24 trophies. She assisted on the deciding goal with just 15 seconds left in regulation to edge Northern Kentucky, 2-1, as a freshman in the 2000 championship game in Miami Shores, Fla. Jones then also tallied the title-clinching goal late in the 2001 national final, a 2-0 victory over Christian Brothers in front of the home crowd, earning Most Outstanding Offensive Player distinction.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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