May 29, 2013
BERKELEY - California filled out its men’s soccer coaching staff when it hired assistant coach Leonard Griffin and brought back former player Javier Ayala-Hil as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Kevin Grimes announced on Wednesday.
A former professional player in Major League Soccer, Griffin spent the previous three seasons as a Saint Mary’s assistant coach and was an assistant coach at Cal State San Bernardino for three years before that. A 2005 UCLA alumnus, Griffin was an All-America defender and won the 2002 NCAA College Cup with the Bruins. He later joined the Chicago Fire (2004-06), Columbus Crew (2007-08) and then-champion Los Angeles Galaxy (2009) of MLS as well as the Portland Timbers (2007 & 2008) during Portland’s USL days.
Ayala-Hil played for Cal and Grimes from 2004-07. A forward, he played in 69 games and collected 19 goals, nine assists and 47 points while at Cal. Ayala-Hil later played professionally for FSV 63 Luckenwalde (2010-11) in Germany and Bayamon FC (2008-09) in Puerto Rico.
"Leonard and Javier will bring a tremendous amount of soccer expertise and experience to our program,” Grimes said. “Both have had stellar playing careers and were amongst the best Pac-12 Conference players during their college days. In addition, they were both two-time Pac-12 champions as well. Our players are thrilled to have two outstanding coaches join us. Most importantly, the character of Leonard and Javier is of the utmost quality. We look forward to having these two young men help bring the College Cup to Cal."
Cal’s coaching staff now consists of Grimes, Griffin, Ayala-Hil and goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk.