HEAD COACH JAVIER AYALA-HIL
Javier Ayala-Hil was named SF State's head men's soccer coach in August 2016. In his second season at the helm, Ayala-Hil led the 2017 squad to a 12-5-2 mark and was named CCAA Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. The Gators matched the program's best start in school history with a 5-0 start and, on the final day of the regular season, clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 1978. SF State won its quarterfinals match 1-0 at No. 13 UC San Diego and fell to Cal Poly Pomona in the CCAA Championships Semifinals.
In January 2018, Ayala-Hil was named head coach of the San Francisco Glens for the team's inaugural season in the USL-PDL.
Ayala-Hil joined the Gators after spending three seasons on the men’s soccer coaching staff at his alma mater, California. He was the top assistant for Cal for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, where he was in charge of day-to-day operations. During his time at Cal, the Bears went 34-18-5, were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, in 2014. In 2013, Cal was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation for six weeks and went 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to coaching at his alma mater, Ayala-Hil was the high school varsity coach at Miramonte High School for one season. In addition, he's been the youth head coach for Lamorinda Soccer Club since 2011.
As a student, Ayala-Hil was a four-year member of Cal men’s soccer, in which the Bears received a bid to the NCAA Tournament all four seaons. He was named to the First Team All-Pac-10 during his senior season in 2007 and finished his collegiate career with 19 goals and 9 assists for 47 points. Ayala-Hil was drafted in the second round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA and continued playing professionally for Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico and Luckenwalde FSV 63 in Germany’s Oberliga.
The East Palo Alto native received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Welfare.