Menlo-Atherton grad and East Palo Alto resident Javier Ayala-Hil was named the San Francisco State men's soccer coach, Athletics Director Charles Guthrie announced Tuesday.
Ayala-Hil comes to the Gators after spending the past three seasons on the California men's soccer coaching staff.
"Javier is one of the bright up-and-coming coaches in the profession. He will infuse our program with high level of energy and professionalism," Guthrie said. "Coming from a power-five conference, he is very skilled at using today's technology to improve efficiencies on and off the field. We're also confident that his networks will have a strong and positive impact on our ability to recruit student athletes."
Ayala-Hil was the top assistant for Cal, where he was in charge of day to day operations, including recruiting, training regime and game preparation.
"I've been fortunate to work with one of the best college coaches in the country for the past few years; my mentor, Kevin Grimes," Ayala-Hil said. "I've developed so many relationships in the greater Bay Area community and can't wait to become an official member of the Gator program."
During his time at Cal, the Bears went 34-18-5, were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, in 2014.
"I couldn't be more excited and honored to have the opportunity to coach at San Francisco State and be part of the exciting momentum they're building," said Ayala-Hil. "I want to thank President (Les) Wong, Director Guthrie and the search committee."
Prior to coaching at Cal, Ayala-Hil was the high school varsity coach at Miramonte High for one season and has been the youth head coach for Lamorinda Soccer Club since 2011.
Ayala-Hil played for Cal, during which the Bears received a bid to the NCAA tournament all four years.
He was named first team All-Pac-10 during his senior season in 2007 and finished his collegiate career with 19 goals and 9 assists for 47 points.
Ayala-Hil was drafted in the second round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA and continued playing professionally for Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico and Luckenwalde FSV 63 in Germany's Oberliga.