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July 10, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State men’s soccer head coach Lev Kirshner fortified his staff this week with the hiring of Josh Hill as assistant coach.
A native of Chino, California, Hill brings a vast array of coaching experience to Montezuma Mesa, ranging from the collegiate level to the USL Premier Development League (PDL). He most recently was an assistant coach at UCLA in 2016 after serving the Bruins’ director of soccer operations in 2015.
“After a very thorough search, we are extremely excited to have Josh join our Aztec Soccer family, Kirshner said. “Josh's new ideas, positive energy and outstanding work ethic will be a welcome addition to our staff. He comes from a storied program that is rich in tradition and we expect the wisdom he acquired there to assist our ultimate goals here.”
During Hill’s tenure at UCLA, the Bruins led the Pac-12 with 17 all-conference selections overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both years.
Prior to his arrival in Westwood, Hill worked as assistant coach for his alma mater the University of La Verne (2014-15) while serving as head coach at Chino High School from 2010-16, where he guided the Cowboys to numerous tournament titles, league championships, as well as the CIF state finals.
In addition, Hill was the lead assistant coach for the PDL’s Orange County Blue Stars FC from 2012-14, and helped lead the amateur club team PSA Elite to consecutive appearances at the Lamar U.S. Open Cup in 2014 and 2015.
A four-year starter and scholar-athlete at the University of La Verne, Hill was a three-time team captain for the Leopards, garnering a trio of all-conference scholar accolades from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) as well. He earned a bachelor of science in business administration before receiving his masters of science in leadership and management.
As a player at the club level, Hill also completed stints with Legends FC and Arsenal FC. In addition, he played for PSA Elite, an annual contender in the U.S. Open Cup. Previously, Hill helped assemble one of the most successful amateur sides in U.S. Soccer, as PSA Elite made consecutive Round of Four appearances at the U.S. Open Cup in 2014 and 2015, losing only to Major League Soccer powers Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy.
Hill currently holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “C-National” license, and he has also served as a Nike All-Star Coach, a youth development coach and mentor.