Associate Head Coach Yossi Raz Named One of Nation’s Top Assistants

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –

From the moment he set foot on campus as a student-athlete in 2001, Cal State Northridge men's soccer associate head coach Yossi Raz has helped build the program into a consistent contender on the national stage. After helping the team and head coach Terry Davila turn in one of the most successful campaigns in the school's Division I history, Raz was named as one of the Top 15 assistant coaches in the country by College Soccer News.

"I am very grateful that Terry gave me the opportunity as both a student-athlete and coach to help this program be successful," said Raz. "Together with the staff and team we were able to produce a really special year for the Northridge community and earning this recognition is great for me and us."

Raz was recruited to play for the Matadors by Coach Davila and produced one of the most storied careers Northridge has ever seen. He became the first player in conference history to be named to the All-Big West Conference First Team in each of his four seasons and he also earned Freshman of the Year honors. While playing at CSUN, Raz led the Matadors to three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2002-04 and a second-round appearance in 2003.

He was also named Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002 and received All-Big West Academic honors each year he was eligible for the award. 

Raz joined the coaching staff in 2005 and had an immediate impact as CSUN compiled a 15-4-3 record and a Big West championship. In his first year on staff, Northridge made the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, defeating rival UC Santa Barbara at home in the program's lone Division I Tournament victory. 

"My goal in life is to be the best I can be and to help those around me be the best they can be," added Raz. "For our program, we all work hard to compete for the championship in one of the nation's top conferences (Big West) and to help our student-athletes reach their potential in college and as professionals."

In his eight seasons as a coach, the Matadors have posted a record of 82-68-29 (.539) with two Big West regular season titles, a Big West Tournament Championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

"Yossi's passion toward anything that he is a part of is unparalleled. He always strives to be the best he can possibly be. He is an outstanding recruiter, tactician and communicator," said Davila. "Our decision to change our dynamic for recruiting has done wonders for our program and Coach Raz has done an excellent job bringing in student-athletes to help us get where we are."

In 2012, the Matadors went 15-7 and won the Big West Conference Tournament for the first time. Northridge finished the year with the 24th ranked scoring offense (1.86 goals per game) and ranked 15th in total goals (41), 38th in goals against average (0.89), 19th in shutout percentage (0.45), sixth in assists (45) and 10th in total points (127). 

"Without all of the hard work he and I have put in and without him we would not be where we are as a program," continued Davila. "This recognition for Coach Raz is long overdue and well deserved."

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