RIVERSIDE --- Ryan Jorden, the most successful coach in California Baptist University men’s soccer history, has resigned to take the head coaching position at NCAA Division I University of the Pacific, CBU Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker announced today.
Parker also announced that Jorden’s lead assistant coach Gregg Schroeder will assume the head coaching reigns.
“CBU athletics is grateful for the leadership Coach Jorden has provided our program,” said Parker. “He has raised the standard to a high level and we wish him nothing but the best. We are excited to have Coach Schroeder continue as head coach and look forward to continued success.”
In five seasons in Riverside, Jorden was 60-30-10 (.650), posting the best winning percentage in program history. He was a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Coach of the Year after leading the Lancers to two straight national championships in 2011 and 2012. The Lancers were a combined 33-10-3 in those two seasons.
In 2011, CBU won a school-record 17 games, including the Pacific West Conference title in its first season in the conference. In two seasons, CBU has had 12 players earn All-PacWest honors and seven players earn NCCAA All-American honors, including Carlos Figueroa, who was named NCCAA National Player of the Year in 2012.
He took the Lancers to five straight postseason appearances, the first postseason appearances since 1990.
“I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to be at CBU and to lead the transition of the men’s soccer program to NCAA Division II,” said Jorden. “The decision to leave a very talented team and a wonderful group of student-athletes was a very difficult one, but I have great confidence that the culture that has been created for the CBU men’s soccer program will be a platform for continued success for years to come.”
Schroeder, meanwhile, has assisted Jorden each of the past three seasons. He inherits a team that returns 15 players from last year’s squad that finished 16-5-1, winning the NCCAA National Championship.
During Schroeder’s three seasons in Riverside, the Lancers have gone 48-15-2 with three postseason appearances. He joined Jorden’s staff after playing professionally in the United Soccer League with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club in North Carolina from 2006-10. He also had professional stints in Sweden (2005) and India (2004).
Schroeder is a 2003 graduate of Westmont College, earning 2002 All-GSAC and all-region honors. He started all 79 games during his four-year career. After graduating, Schroeder spent one season as an assistant women’s soccer coach, helping lead the Warriors to the round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament.
“This is an exciting time for CBU soccer and for me,” said Schroeder. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach such a talented group of young men. I’d like to thank CBU for entrusting the team to me and I’d also like to thank Coach Jorden for preparing me to lead them going forward. I’m thrilled to start this upcoming season and I couldn’t be more encouraged by the group of athletes I am privileged to work with.”