Less than six weeks after Jorge Salcedo
resigned as the men's head coach at UCLA in wake of his indictment in the college admissions scandal that rocked college athletics, UCLA hired Pacific
men's coach Ryan Jorden
to replace Salcedo.
Jorden took charge at Pacific in 2013 when the Tigers relaunched their men's soccer program after a 28-year hiatus, and they have
advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons. Only one other West Coast program -- Stanford -- made it to the second round during the same span.
Jorden previously was the head coach at Cal Baptist for five seasons. Before that, he was an assistant at Westmont (his alma mater), Northern Colorado (working with the women's program) and Oregon
Salcedo resigned a week after he was placed on leave following his indictment for conspiring to commit racketeering. He is accused of taking payments totaling $200,000 for one
women's player and one men's player admitted into UCLA. He was one of nine college coaches indicted in a bribery scheme that involved dozens of wealthy parents trying to get their children who might
not otherwise have gained admission to top-level universities admitted on made-up credentials as recruited athletes.
UCLA is one of the most storied programs in men's college soccer. The
Bruins won national championships in 1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002 and went to the NCAA Tournament 34 years in a row before failing to get invited in 2017. Every U.S. World Cup team from 1990 to 2014 had
at least one UCLA product on it.
Under Salcedo, UCLA advanced to the NCAA Division I title game in 2006 and 2014. In recent years, though, the Bruins struggled as more players from
talent-rich Southern California turned pro out of high school, but they continue to produce top pro prospects. Abu Danladi
was the No. 1 SuperDraft pick by Minnesota United in 2017
and Frankie Amaya
went No. 1 to expansion FC Cincinnati in 2019. Anderson Asiedu
(Atlanta United), Matt Hundley
(Colorado) and Erik Holt
(Real Salt Lake) also signed this
season with MLS teams, while Liberian JC transfer Mohammed Kamara
signed with Germany's Paderborn after one season in Westwood.
Jorden is the 11th coach in the history of the UCLA
men's program, which began on 1967.