Former UCLA All-American Jorge Salcedo is in his 12th season as head coach for the Bruins, making him the second-longest tenured men's soccer head coach in UCLA history. In 11 previous seasons, Salcedo has led the Bruins to an overall record of 144-52-39.
A product of UCLA's strong soccer tradition, Salcedo has maintained the Bruins' standard for success, winning six conference titles and guiding his team to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his 11 seasons. Salcedo has signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation six times (2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2006 and 2004) and those players have produced results, advancing all the way to the NCAA Championship game in the 2006 and 2014 seasons, to the College Cup Semifinals in 2011 and to the quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010. Over the last seven seasons, Salcedo's teams have earned four Pac-12 titles and lost just eight conference games (50-8-12 record). Salcedo's teams have also lost only four games away from home in the last four seasons, going 28-4-8 in their last 40 road or neutral site matches.
Since taking over the program in 2004, Salcedo has produced 33 Major League Soccer Draft Picks, including 17 first round selections. Of those 17 first round selections, 10 were taken within the top-10 picks, including Marvell Wynne (2006) and Chance Myers (2008) who were each selected first overall. Overall, Salcedo has tutored 15 players who are currently playing in the professional ranks as of 2015.
In 2014, UCLA finished second in the conference after going 6-2-2 in Pac-12 play, while posting a 14-4-6 overall record. Senior Leo Stolz led the way, racking up a team-high 24 points en route to earning the MAC Hermann Player of the Year Trophy and consensus first team All-America honors. After a stellar regular season the Bruins earned the number two overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, solidifying their 42nd overall and 32nd-straight postseason appearance. The Bruins advanced all the way to the College Cup Finals, making their 14th College Cup appearance and ninth NCAA Finals appearance in school history. UCLA eventually fell in PKs to Virginia in the finals, but once again Salcedo led a talented bunch on another deep postseason run. Overall, nine Bruins earned All-Pac-12 honors, including three first team selections.
In 2013, the Bruins finished second in the conference with a 6-1-3 record while posting an 12-3-5 record overall. UCLA was awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time since 2003 that the Bruins were selected as the top seed in the Tournament and giving the program its 31st straight appearance and 41st overall. For the third straight year, a member of the UCLA men's soccer team took home conference Player of the Year honors, as Leo Stolz was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. It was the first time in Pac-12 history that a team has had a player win the conference Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons and the sixth time that a UCLA player won the award. The Bruins also had six All-Conference selections in 2013.
The 2012 squad secured UCLA's second consecutive Pac-12 title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 30th consecutive year. The Bruins also landed a conference-best four players on the first-team All-Pac-12 squad while Salcedo took home his second straight Pac-12 Coach of the Year award. Under Salcedo's leadership, senior Ryan Hollingshead won the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2012, marking the fourth player Salcedo has coached to Conference Player of the Year honors (Patrick Ianni, 2004; Michael Stephens, 2008; Kelyn Rowe, 2011).
The 2011 Bruins ran the table in conference play, going 10-0 and allowing just two goals in those 10 games. Salcedo, who earned his 100th career victory when UCLA clinched the conference title on Nov. 4, was named the Pac-12's Coach of the Year. The Bruins then capped off the 2011 season with a long run in the NCAA Tournament that culminated in the school's 13th berth in the NCAA College Cup.
The 2010 Bruins won 16 games and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. In 2009, Salcedo's Bruins won their second-straight Pac-10 Championship, and placed two players on the All-America team. Additionally, a school record-tying five players were selected in the MLS SuperDraft at the conclusion of the season. In 2008, Salcedo guided UCLA to the Pac-10 Championship and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in his tenure.
Salcedo's 2007 team extended UCLA's post-season appearance streak to 25 consecutive years, advancing to the NCAA second round. The Bruins, who finished with a 9-9-3 record, scored in the classroom, with 24 of 30 team members making the Director's Honor Roll during the school year.
The 2006 Bruins faced an uphill battle with injuries to several starters throughout the season, but they fought through the adversity and ended a successful post-season run in the title game with a final season record of 14-6-4.
In 2005, Salcedo's Bruins recorded a 12-5-3 record and ranked amongst the best in the nation in team defense, allowing just 14 goals and posting a team goals against average of 0.67. The Bruins also captured the Pac-10 title for the fourth year in a row and earned a No. 5 seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
During his first season, Salcedo earned Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year honors after leading UCLA to its third-straight conference title. His Bruins ended the regular season ranked No. 3 by Soccer America and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where they finished the year with a 14-4-2 record.
Salcedo was UCLA's assistant coach from 2001-03 and helped lead the Bruins to the 2002 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-10 team championships. In 2002, he served as acting head coach in a crucial road victory at Stanford in November that helped the Bruins capture their first-ever Pac-10 title. He also served as acting head coach in the spring of 2002 in the coaching transition between Todd Saldaña and Tom Fitzgerald and had served in a similar capacity after Fitzgerald announced his resignation.
Salcedo, who is a scout for the U.S. National Team, was the head coach of the 2002 U-16 SoCal ODP State team and was also the assistant coach of the U-17 team in 2001.
The Cerritos, Calif. native had an illustrious career at UCLA from 1990-93. Salcedo was a four-year starter, playing 74 games and tallying six goals and seven assists for 19 points. As a freshman, he scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout during the 1990 NCAA Championship game to give UCLA its second national title. In 1993 as a senior, he earned NSCAA first-team All-America honors. He prepped at Cerritos HS, where he earned two Parade All-America honors.
Salcedo played for five years in Major League Soccer (MLS). In his first season in the league, he was a starter for the Los Angeles Galaxy and helped take his team to the MLS Championship game. He also played for Chicago, where he served as team co-captain, Columbus and Tampa Bay before returning to the Galaxy in 1999. Prior to his MLS career, he played with the LA Salsa in the APSL and then for F.C. Morelia of the Mexican First Division. Salcedo was also a member of the U.S. National Team program, earning three caps with the full national team and captaining the U-17 team at the 1989 World Youth Championships and the U-20 team at the 1990 CONCACAF Tournament.
Salcedo has had extensive ties to the Bruin program for many years. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and was part of three of the Bruins' four NCAA Championship teams. He was a ball boy for UCLA during its first championship year in 1985, scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1990 Championship game and was an assistant coach for the 2002 squad. In addition, his father Hugo was a UCLA assistant coach from 1978-79 and a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team and will be serving as the FIFA Chairman of the 2014 World Cup. His brother Eddie was a UCLA letterwinner in 1995.
Salcedo and his wife Rebecca have been married for 11 years, and they have four children, Matteo (9), Malea (7), Marco (5) and Macsen (1).