Athletic director Brian Swanson named Adam Reeves the permanent head coach of men’s soccer on Feb. 5 after Reeves led the Broncos to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament as acting head coach.
Reeves took over for previous head coach Yossi Raz on Jan. 20, 2017 after Raz accepted the head coaching position at UC Irvine. Reeves served as associate head coach at Cal Poly Pomona for two seasons prior to Raz’s departure.
“Having the benefit of seeing that candidate [Reeves] in the role and then making the presentations throughout the day and getting the feedback from all the groups that they had an interaction with we moved forward with the recommendation to the vice president and he was appointed,” Swanson said.
Prior to Cal Poly Pomona, Reeves served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Cal State Fullerton for 12 seasons.
As acting head coach, Reeves guided the Broncos to an overall record of 17-6-1 and 9-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Broncos lost 2-0 to Cal State Los Angeles in the CCAA Tournament final and earned a place in the NCAA Tournament as the sixth and final seed in the west region.
Cal Poly Pomona proceeded on a magical playoff run that culminated in beating previously unbeaten No. 1 in the nation Midwestern State University on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round.
A 1-0 loss to the University of Charleston in the NCAA Division II Final Four put an end to a remarkable season for the first-year coach.
Because of the university’s public status, the position of head coach had to be publicly posted. According to Swanson, Reeves was the only candidate interviewed by the department.
The process begins with a committee of current coaches recommending which applicants from the candidate pool to bring to campus for an interview.
The candidate then meets with the team and rest of Athletic Department staff separately.
Swanson independently contacts people at other institutions that can provide additional information about candidates.
“We look at all of the comments sheets together, I meet with the committee and then I make a recommendation to the vice president of student affairs who I report to who ultimately signs the final contract.”
Swanson did not disclose the length of Reeves’s contract.
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