Pacific Head Coach Ryan Jorden will begin his fifth season as Head Coach of the Pacific Men's Soccer program in 2018. In 2014, Jorden became the first coach in the program's history as Pacific competed as a West Coast Conference member at the full Division I level.
2017 was another great year for Jorden and the Tigers. Jorden led the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament Second Round coming up just short of a huge upset as the Tigers took eventual national champions, Stanford, to penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 tie in regulation and extra time. Pacific started the season by winning six-straight matches and won eight of the first 10. Pacific defeated Virginia Tech on 9/1, the Hokies were receiving votes at the time. The Tigers went 4-2-1 in WCC play to finish second in the Conference. Pacific earned its second NCAA Tournament win in program history in the opening round over Cal State Fullerton 2-1 to set up a date with Stanford. Under Jorden's guidance, seven players earned All-WCC honors. Juniors Camden Riley and Wouter Verstraaten and senior Tristan Blackmon were all named to the WCC's First Team while senior Andres Ochoa, junior Bob Groenendijk and sophomore Tariq Branche all were named All-WCC Honorable Mentions. Blackmon was named as the WCC's Defensive Player of the Year and would go on to be the third overall selection by LAFC in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
The 2016 season was one for the record books as the Tigers put together a 13-4-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which was the first NCAA tournament appearance in program history. Under Jorden's tutelege, the Orange and Black ranked second in the WCC in points (89) and goals (32), and were third in goals allowed with just 19. Eight Tigers earned All-WCC postseason plaudits in addition to Jorden's Co-Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, the 11.5 win-loss improvement between the 2016 and 2015 seasons was tied for the best turnaround in NCAA Division I history. Following the season, Jorden and the rest of the Tiger the coaching staff was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Far West Region Staff of the Year and defender Tristan Blackmon was named an NSCAA All-American.
In his first season at the helm, Jorden oversaw the development of League-leading scorer Tristan Blackmon who earned All-WCC Second Team honors and goalkeeper Josh Adachi who picked up honorable mention honors after he led the conference in saves per game, posting an average of 5.41. Midfielder Julio Cervantes also picked up honorable mention honors. Cervantes scored two goals while adding two assists in his sophomore campaign after joining the Tigers from Merritt College.
On September 21st, Jorden led the Tigers to the first win in program history, a 2-1 road win over Cal Poly. The Tigers then returned to Knoles Field on September 27th picking up their first home win over UC Santa Cruz.
Off the field, Jorden cultivated grassroots support for the upstart Orange and Black squad, as the Tigers finished in the top 50 in the nation in home attendance in their inaugural season at Knoles Field. The team was also stalwarts in the community, hosting programs and making school visits in San Joaquin County with an aim on improving childhood literacy and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Prior to taking over the reigns at Pacific, Jorden had been the head coach at California Baptist University for five years, finishing as the most successful coach in program history. He led the Lancers to five straight postseason, including their first-ever NAIA national tournament appearance in 2010. He has also led the Lancers to a PacWest title and two straight NCCAA National Championships. He led the Lancers to a 60-30-10 record and a .650 winning percentage that is the best in program history.
The two-time NCCAA National Coach of the Year, Jorden led the Lancers to its best two-year run in program history in 2011 and 2012, posting a combined record of 33-10-3, which includes a program-record 17 wins in 2011. The Lancers won the PacWest title in their first season in the conference to go along with two straight NCCAA titles. In 2012, the Lancers won the NCCAA title in dramatic fashion, rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the final 30 minutes and scoring the winning goal with just 7.6 seconds left to beat PacWest rival Fresno Pacific.
California Baptist had 12 players earn All-PacWest honors in Jorden's final two seasons, including two-time Goalkeeper of the Year Joey Pacheco. In addition to that, seven players earned NCCAA All-American, including Carlos Figueroa, who was named 2012 NCCAA National Player of the Year as a defender.
In 2010 the Lancers won a then program-record 15 games, finishing 15-5, their first winning season since 2003. They won a program-record 13 straight games and came within one win of the conference title, finishing 8-2 in GSAC play. Along the way, the Lancers had four wins over nationally-ranked teams, including a 2-1 win over NCAA Division I No. 28-ranked Sacramento State, which eventually went to its second-straight NCAA Tournament.
The Lancers made their first-ever appearance in the NAIA Top 25, climbing in at No. 18 in the first regular-season poll, and they never left. They eventually climbed to No. 5 before settling in at No. 11 in the final poll of the season. CBU picked up its first-ever postseason win with a 1-0 victory over Westmont in the GSAC Tournament and eventually earned an at-large bid to the national tournament.
Prior to California Baptist, Jorden served as the lead assistant coach for Dave Wolf at Westmont from 2000-07. During his time in Santa Barbara, the Warriors were 82-39-11 and were consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25. In 2000, the Warriors were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, regional champions and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament, finishing 19-5 overall. The Warriors were back-to-back GSAC co-champions in 2001 and 2002.
A graduate of Westmont, Jorden played for the Warriors from 1991-1994 and during that time was part of 65 wins and two national tournament appearances. He earned his bachelor's in kinesiology from Westmont in 1995 and then became the assistant coach with the men's soccer program at NCAA Division I Oregon State University in 1996. During his four years at OSU, he also completed his master's degree in exercise science.
After returning to coach at Westmont for three years, he took a leave of absence in 2003 to pursue his Ph.D. in sport and exercise science with an emphasis in biomechanics at Northern Colorado, which he finished in October 2010. During that 2003 season, he worked as an assistant coach with the UNC soccer program. Returning to Westmont in the fall of 2004, Jorden resumed his coaching responsibilities and also served as a full-time member of the kinesiology faculty teaching courses in biomechanics, research methods, motor control and a variety of physical activity courses.
Jorden is a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) 'A' licensed coach who is a head coach for Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region IV. He also has a U.S. Youth Soccer National Youth license and is on the CalNorth coaching education staff.
Jorden and his wife Liz have two sons, Graeme and Evan.