Jose Gomez begins his ninth season as the Sailfish men’s soccer head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. During his tenure on the sidelines, the Sailfish men’s soccer program has developed into a perennial contender in the NCAA South Region.
2013 was a big year for Coach Gomez, who earned his 100th career coaching victory against Colorado Christian on September 5th. PBA worked their way into the NSCAA Top 25 for the second straight year, being ranked as high as No. 23. The Sailfish finished the 2013 campaign with a record of 10-3-2 and had the nation's third total offense.
In addition to another great team season, senior Kenny Hogg continued his development under Gomez and shined as one of the nation's most prolific players. Kenny was named Daktronics First Team All-American, second team NSCAA All-American and Second Team NSCAA Academic All-American. He was also named to the CoSIDA All-District team. The Irvine, Scotland native led Division II in goals per game, and was second in total goals, total points and points per game. In 2012, Hogg became PBA's first NSCAA/NCAA All-American first-team selection. He also led the NCAA Division II in goals for the second straight season and became Palm Beach Atlantic’s first-ever Daktronics National Player of the Year in any sport.
PBA's 2012 season was their most successful since entering the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006, finishing the year with a record of 14-4-2. The team was recognized during the season for their outstanding play and ranked as high as No. 10 in the NSCAA Division II national rankings for the first time in program history.
The historic campaign saw the team consistently in the NSCAA regional rankings all season while eventually moving on to claim their seventh consecutive NCCAA South Region Championship. Gomez earned NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year accolades.
In 2010, Gomez was faced with the task of replacing nine seniors from the season before. Not only did he quickly rebuild the team with new talent but he helped shape the young group into a championship squad. By the end of the season, the team had claimed a program-best 15 victories and a first-ever NCCAA National Championship, defeating Cedarville University by a score of 2-0.
Following the season, Gomez was named the NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year. Senior Andrew Kanarr was the first PBA soccer player to be named the NCCAA National Player of the Year.
In 2009, Cheyne Roberts was the first Sailfish player to be selected to the NSCAA/NCAA All-Region first-team and earn the prestigious Kyle Rote Jr. Award given to the top men’s soccer player in the NCCAA.
A native of Valrico, Fla., Gomez attended Lakeland Christian High School where he was part of two state championship teams and two runner-up teams. Following his high school career, he was a four-year starter at Liberty University, earning All-Big South second-team honors in 1998 and All-Big South first-team accolades in 1999 and 2000. He also won the Big South Conference MVP award in 2000.
Gomez was drafted by the Charlotte Eagles in 2000 and played with the team for three seasons. He earned All A-League second-team honors in 2002. During this time, he trained with the Chicago Fire and scored a goal in a friendly match while training with D.C. United. In 2004, Gomez moved to Virginia where he continued his professional career playing with the Virginia Beach Mariners for two seasons.
Gomez holds a USSF “A” license, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a NSCAA National Youth license.
He and his wife, Carrie, and their daughter, Selah, live in West Palm Beach, Fla.