• 2013 CCAA Coach of the Year
• 2012 CCAA Coach of the Year
Jon Pascale is in his eighth season as the head coach of the UC San Diego men's soccer program in 2015.
A two-time California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year, Pascale enters 2015 with an overall record of 68-40-25 (.605) in charge of the Tritons, including a 51-34-19 (.582) mark in arguably the toughest Division II conference in the nation. He has directed UCSD to five straight winning campaigns and six out of seven in all. The Tritons are coming off of back-to-back CCAA and NCAA tournament appearances, having advanced to the West Region title match in 2013.
On Nov. 1, 2012, Pascale was voted by his peers as the first CCAA Coach of the Year for UCSD in men's soccer. He earned a second straight award in 2013 after the program's most successful showing at the Division II level.
Under Pascale, UCSD has developed into one of the toughest defenses in the NCAA Division II. The Tritons have ranked in the top 10 nationally in team goals-against average (GAA) in each of the past three seasons, leading the country in 2012 with a then-CCAA-record mark of 0.44. They were fourth in 2013 (0.52), again pacing the league, and seventh in 2014 (0.65).
Over his first seven years in La Jolla, Pascale has produced four All-Americans in Alec Arsht, Andisheh Bagheri, Josh Cohen and Jared Kukura. His players have totaled 13 Daktronics All-West Region, 10 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region, 25 All-CCAA and three CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player awards.
Pascale's teams have also excelled in the classroom, earning an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 (3.46 GPA), 2012-13 (3.09) and 2010-11 (3.10) academic years. He has had a pair of Capital One Academic All-Americans in Arsht and Bagheri, both in 2013, two CCAA Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year in Bagheri (2013-14) and David Bakal (2010-11), eight Capital One Academic All-District 8 selections, and 64 CCAA All-Academic honorees. Bagheri was the recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, leaving UCSD with two degrees.
Despite losing 10 standouts to graduation, UCSD got out to a 5-1 start and achieved return trips to the CCAA and NCAA postseasons in 2014. The squad finished in a two-way tie for third in the now-one-division conference table, largely behind the offensive exploits of senior playmaker Brandon Bauman, a Daktronics All-West Region and All-CCAA First Team choice. The Tritons hosted their first-ever CCAA tournament match in the first round.
The Tritons completed an incredible 2013 run with their most overall wins in two decades at 14-3-5, and most CCAA victories in program history at 11-2-3. The CCAA South runners-up earned their first CCAA Championship berth since 2005, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Championship field for the first time since 2003, advancing to both the conference and West Region finals. The road included a thrilling second-round NCAA tilt against Chico State in front of 985 rowdy spectators in La Jolla, with the Tritons eliminating the archrival Wildcats via penalty-kick tiebreaker. UCSD was up to sixth nationally at one point during the regular season, marking its highest ranking in Division II, and wound up at No. 9. Arsht, Bagheri and Cohen were All-Americans, with Cohen the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player for the second year in a row.
Pascale's 2012 side placed third in the CCAA South Division, falling just one league victory shy of a trip to the CCAA Championship for the third successive season. His defense ranked No. 1 in Division II with a 0.44 GAA and a 0.71 shutout percentage courtesy of 12 clean sheets over 17 matches played. Daktronics All-Americans Arsht and Cohen featured among five Tritons to garner CCAA postseason recognition. Cohen, the national leader in individual GAA (0.397), was the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player. UCSD let in only eight goals all year, its lowest total in the Division II era, and maintained separate shutout stretches of 448:05, 503:37 and 409:16.
Despite four straight victories in the 2011 run-in, UCSD came up a mere two points short of the CCAA tournament. At 10-8 overall, Pascale reached the 10-win mark for the second time following his 2008 debut. The Tritons were third in their division with a 9-7 league ledger.
The 2010 Tritons finished fourth in the CCAA South Division with an 8-6-4 overall record and 8-5-3 mark in conference play. Pascale's squad won five of its last seven matches and went 8-2-2 following a tough start. Kukura earned Daktronics All-America Second Team, Daktronics and NSCAA All-West Region First Team, All-CCAA First Team and CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player distinction having anchored a UCSD defense as a senior that ranked third in the CCAA with a 0.89 GAA.
Pascale's tenure got off to a grand start as UCSD reeled off five victories in a row to open the 2008 campaign, ultimately compiling a 10-6-2 record, the program's best since 2005. An even 6-6-2 CCAA mark was good enough for fourth place in the CCAA South Division.
Pascale, the seventh men's soccer head coach in school history, joined the UCSD family on Jan. 23, 2008, after stops at three Division I institutions that similarly place a high emphasis on combined academic and athletic success. He spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford University, where he helped put together the Cardinal's 10th-ranked 2007 recruiting class.
That position was preceded by five years at Georgetown University, where he was the associate head coach for the Hoyas. Prior to his time in the D.C. area, Pascale was an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania for three seasons.
Since 2010, Pascale has also served as a scout for U.S. Soccer, concentrating on the Southern California region to identify potential prospects for selection to youth-level national teams.
A college soccer player while attending American University in Washington, D.C., Pascale graduated from the school in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. He and his wife, Liza, reside in Cardiff, and welcomed their first child, daughter Reagan, just prior to the start of the 2013 season. They expect their second ahead of the 2015 kickoff.