Pacific athletics announced today that Andres Ochoa has been hired as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program.
Ochoa joined the staff midway through the 2018 season as a volunteer assistant and made an immediate impact by helping the Tigers to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Guadalaraja, Mexico native has been a major part of the growth of the program at Pacific as a player and coach and will continue to help the team grow to national prominence going forward.
"I am very pleased to have Andres joining our coaching staff," head coach Ryan Jorden said. "As team captain, he was instrumental in laying the foundation for Pacific soccer. His deep knowledge of our team culture and University environment will be influential in the continued development and progress of our soccer program, on the field, in recruiting and in the local community."
Ochoa has been a staple in the Pacific men's soccer program since it returned in 2014. His new role ensures that he remains with the program for years to come.
"I'm excited to become a coach for the program I gave everything to as a player," Ochoa said "My eagerness to learn more about the game that has given me so much and the passion that I have for the Pacific and our program are the two things that I think will help take Pacific men's soccer to higher levels of success both on and off the field."
In his time as a player, he played in 72 games and made 68 starts scoring three goals and assisting on 12 more. The former midfielder recorded game-winning goals as a freshman against UC Santa Cruz and again as a senior in 2017 against Loyola Marymount in double overtime. Ochoa is the career-leader at Pacific in assists with 12 and games played with 72. He is tied for first in starts with Tristan Blackmon and is top-five in assists per game, penalty kick attempts and minute played.
Ochoa helped lead the Tigers to an astonishing two NCAA Tournament Second-Round appearances in just the four years that the program existed while helping the Tigers to a third in five years as a member of the coaching staff.
Ochoa's promotion fills out the Tiger staff after former assistant coach Edison Gonzalez left the program in search of head coaching opportunities elsewhere.