Jose Lopez, the first soccer player ever to be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame, enters his 14th year as a volunteer assistant coach. He had previously aided the Bruin soccer program with video taping from 1987-1994.
Lopez enjoyed a hugely successful playing career at UCLA, leading the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship games in 1970, 1972 and 1973 and playing on two regular-season undefeated teams. A two-time team captain, Lopez never lost a home game in his four years as a Bruin.
Following his senior season in 1973, he was selected to play in the College Senior Bowl and became UCLA's first-ever No. 1 professional draft choice when he was chosen by the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League. In his rookie season, he helped the Aztecs win the NASL title, and in his second year he was selected the Aztecs' Midfielder of the Year. Lopez has played with and against soccer legends like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and George Best.
A UCLA Hall of Fame inductee in 1993, Lopez also played baseball and kicked on the freshman football team at UCLA. He lettered in baseball, football, basketball and track at Santa Ana Valley HS.
Lopez coached soccer and baseball at Santa Monica HS and now teaches AP Spanish Language and Literature. He has been married to his wife Sheri for 32 years, and they have two daughters who graduated from UCLA, Ashlei and Alexys, and a granddaughter Eleanor.