May 24, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Nick Carlin-Voigt, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at George Mason University, has been named the new assistant coach for the UCLA men's soccer team.
Carlin-Voigt was the top assistant for George Mason and also served as their recruiting coordinator. He is considered one of the best recruiters in the country and helped rebuild the George Mason program. In addition, Carlin-Voigt was responsible for day-to-day operations of the program including field player development, scouting, attendance marketing, scheduling, sports performance and academic affairs.
Having emerged as one of the most talented and respected assistant coaches in the country, Carlin-Voigt helped assemble three consecutive recruiting classes at George Mason that were ranked in the top 40 according to College Soccer News (2008-10). In 2008, he helped coach the Patriots to their first ever CAA Conference Championship and in 2011, he helped recruit a roster that led the CAA in All-Conference selections. Carlin-Voigt has helped recruit 12 players with U.S. Youth National Team experience since 2008 and seven that have gone on to sign professional contracts since 2009.
"We are very pleased to have Nick Carlin-Voigt join the UCLA Men's Soccer Staff," Head Coach Jorge Salcedo said. "He is a dedicated and passionate coach, who has a proven successful track record in college soccer. Nick has invaluable knowledge of various facets of the game, but most importantly he has a strong desire to help our guys improve every day."
Salcedo added, "I would also like to thank George Mason Head Coach Greg Andrulis. His mentorship of his coaching staff has produced some of the top coaches in college soccer."
Carlin-Voigt has also studied training and coaching methods at professional clubs such as Chelsea, Fullham, Liverpool and Santos and observed the U.S. National Team preparations during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This spring, he spent part of the preseason coaching with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer and has coached with the D.C. United Youth Academy Program as well.
Prior to his time at George Mason, Carlin-Voigt was an assistant for the women's program at Wisconsin, helping them to the 2005 Big Ten Tournament title. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Kalamazoo College, coaching there as an assistant coach for one season before becoming a volunteer goalkeeper coach for the men's team at Western Michigan University.
As a player at Kalamazoo, Carlin-Voigt earned NSCAA All-American honors and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics, concentrating in international commerce. Considered one of the top goalkeepers in Division III soccer, he was a two-time team captain for Kalamazoo, a four-year starter and holds the Kalamazoo record for fewest goals allowed in a season. After he graduated in 2004, Carlin-Voigt had a short stint with Cruz Azul Oaxaca of the Mexican Second Division that was cut short due to a knee injury. From 2001 to 2004, he played semi-pro soccer for the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the USL Premier Development League, where he set franchise records as a goalkeeper for wins and shutouts during the 2004 season. He also saw time on trial with Osnabruck of the German second division in 2006.
"I look forward to working with and developing UCLA players and challenging them to reach their potential," Carlin-Voigt said. "I grew up admiring and honoring the Pyramid of Success developed by Coach Wooden and I am excited about joining such a storied athletic department that values unparalleled excellence. The men's soccer program has a rich tradition that is both exciting and humbling. I look forward to continuing to build a championship program the community, alumni, and entire UCLA family will be proud of both on and off the field."