Jose Gomez Steps Down as Head Men's Soccer Coach
January 6, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After nine seasons and a program-record 109 wins at the helm of the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer program, Jose Gomez has announced he will be stepping down as head coach of the Sailfish. Coach Gomez has accepted an assistant coaching position at Liberty University, his alma mater, while PBA will begin a national search for his replacement.
“Coach Gomez has shown tremendous leadership in building the PBA men’s soccer program,” said Director of Athletics, Carolyn Stone. “In his nine years, he developed men of strong character who revealed themselves as winners on and off the pitch. We will miss him on our staff, but we are excited for this new chapter of his career.”
Gomez will leave a lasting mark on the Sailfish men’s soccer program where he has built them into perennial contenders within the ultra-competitive NCAA South Region. Beyond his record-setting win total, he has also seen his team ranked in the top-25 of the NSCAA coaches’ poll during each of the last two seasons.
Gomez led the ‘Fish to their only NCCAA National Championship in program-history in 2010 while also claiming a NCCAA National runner-up finish in 2007. The Sailfish consistently made their mark within the NCCAA under Gomez’ leadership as he claimed seven NCCAA regional championships while earning numerous Region Coach of the Year accolades.
After winning the NCCAA title he was awarded the NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2010.
A former standout player for the Flames (1997-00) before pursuing a professional playing career, Gomez went on to play for the Virginia Beach Mariners of the United Soccer League (USL).
He was named the Big South Player of the Year as a senior while being named an All-Conference honoree during all four seasons. He was recently named to the Big South Conference All-Decade Team as part of the Conference’s 30th anniversary celebration.
A national search for the next PBA men’s soccer head coach will begin immediately. Michael Brown will serve as interim head coach.