NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Yossi Raz has been promoted to the title of associate head coach of the men's soccer team, the program announced this summer. Raz is entering his seventh season as a member of head coach Terry Davila's staff in 2011 after serving the first six as an assistant coach.
"Yossi has been a great addition to our program since 2001 and he's made it better since the first day he stepped in," said Davila. "He deserves the upgrade in his position and we are very lucky to have him."
Raz joined the staff in 2005 after completing one of the most successful four-year careers in Northridge Soccer, as well as Big West Conference history. Raz was the first player in conference history to earn All-Big West First Team honors after each of his four seasons. He was named Freshman of the Year in 2001 after netting seven goals and two assists for the Matadors.
As a sophomore, Raz scored seven goals and added 11 assists for a total of 25 points to lead the team. He finished his Northridge career with 22 goals and 28 assists for 72 points and also received All-Big West Academic honors for each season he was eligible to win the award.
"I have always liked to analyze the game, even as a player. The transition to coaching always made sense to me and I wanted to pursue coaching because I love the game and want to be a part of it," said Raz. "I am lucky that Coach Davila invited me to his staff after I finished my playing career and that I can contribute to this program."
While on the sidelines for the Matadors, Northridge has posted a record of 59-53-26 coming into this season, including a Big West title and a trip to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and a Big West tournament berth in 2009.
"Over the last 7 years, I have grown tremendously with CSUN and I am excited that the administration and Terry believe in my ability to elevate the team and see value in my knowledge," Raz added. "It proves to me that I am going in the right direction for my career in coaching and I will keep working hard to get better every day to help this team achieve its goals."