Arena leaves UCLA to become the fifth head coach at Florida International.
Fifth-year senior served as backup for three years before becoming Bruins' starting goalkeeper.
Kenny Arena, a former Major League Soccer player and University of Virginia standout, is in his fourth season as a Bruin assistant coach. During his time at UCLA, he helped lead the Bruins to three Pac-12 titles, three NCAA quarterfinal appearances and a 2011 College Cup appearance. Arena was an assistant coach at George Mason in 2007 and a volunteer coach for the University of Virginia in 2006.
As head coach of the U16 LA Galaxy Academy Team, Arena led his squad to the 2010-11 USSDA National and SoCal Division championships, as well as the 2011 U-17 MLS Generation adidas Cup. Those three championships were the first in club history. One of Arena's academy players became just the second homegrown player ever to sign with the LA Galaxy.
Arena, who has a "B" Coaching license, was responsible for player development, recruiting and scheduling at George Mason in 2007. At Virginia in 2006, he helped the Cavaliers advance to the NCAA Semifinals, where they lost to UCLA. In addition, Arena had been training and coaching club teams in the Virginia area since 1998.
Arena played three seasons in Major League Soccer, spending 2003 and 2004 with the NY/NJ MetroStars and the 2005 season with DC United. In 2002, Arena was a member of the U.S. U-23 National Team and was also a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team from 2000-2001. He played in the 2001 World Youth Championships in Argentina, scoring a goal against the Ukraine.
At the University of Virginia, Arena started in 65 of 78 games at midfield from 1999-2002, totaling 24 career points off seven goals (including three game-winners) and 10 assists. He earned all-conference honors as a senior and was twice named to the VaSID All-Virginia team.
Arena's father, Bruce, is currently the general manager/head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy and was the head coach of the U.S. men's national team from 1998-2006. He coached national championship teams at DC United and the University of Virginia.
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