Ryan Hernandez is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the UC San Diego men’s soccer program in 2013. He has helped guide the Tritons to three straight winning campaigns and four out of five in all.
Hernandez arrived in La Jolla in July of 2008 as part of head coach Jon Pascale's first staff, and is now the top assistant. His responsibilities include on-field coaching, recruiting, summer camps and off-season training regimens.
In addition to his duties at UCSD, Hernandez is currently the boy's varsity head coach at San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA).
Hernandez began his coaching career at two schools he had previously attended. He took over the boy's varsity program at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach at the age of 20 after one season each of directing the junior varsity squad and assisting with the varsity. Hernandez led his alma mater to a Sunset League title and a deep run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs in his first go-around in charge. He spent seven years in all coaching at his alma mater.
In 2007, Hernandez was an assistant coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The Pirates finished with an 8-8-6 record, narrowly missing a spot in the Orange Empire Conference Championship. He also coached the U-16 side and helped with academy teams at the Pateadores Soccer Club in Costa Mesa.
Hernandez played all four years and was a three-year varsity starter for Newport Harbor, captaining the Sailors as a senior. His career at OCC was cut short following one season as a sophomore due to a recurring back injury. With the Irvine Strikers and Pateadores club programs, his teams made three National Cup finals.
After attaining his associate degree from Orange Coast College in 2004, Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 2007. He and his wife, Stacey, now reside in La Jolla.