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Gomez Named Men's Assistant Soccer Coach
Liberty head men's soccer coach Jeff Alder has announced the addition of former Liberty men's soccer standout Jose Gomez to his staff as an assistant coach.
"We are blessed to have Jose and his family become a part of the Liberty University Soccer family," said Alder. "We feel his energy, enthusiasm and experiences as a player and coach will complement our staff and program and provide great leadership on and off the field of play."
"He has a proven track record as a player at the college and professional level, and his name is all over the record books for Liberty and the Big South Conference.
"His head coaching experience and success at Palm Beach Atlantic will allow him to transition smoothly into his new role with our program.
"Our program has been to four of the last seven Big South Championship games and we have won two titles, but we must find a way to be more dangerous offensively going forward and score timely goals in order to be more consistent during the regular season.
"Jose's teams have been ranked nationally very high the past few seasons in goals per game and we feel he will add value to our program as we chase this consistency."
For the past nine seasons, Gomez was the head men's soccer coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. He led the Sailfish to a 103-65-15 overall record during his tenure and guided Palm Beach Atlantic to the program's first-ever NCCAA National Championship in 2010.
The Valrico, Fla., native was named NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2010. He also selected the NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year accolades in 2012. Off the field, Gomez's 2013 team earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 year.
Recently, Gomez was named to the 1990-99 Big South All-Decade team for his play during his four seasons as a Liberty Flame from 1997-2000. He was the 2000 Big South Player of the Year and a four-time Big South All-Conference team member. The forward was selected to the all-conference first team in both 1999 and 2000, while being named to the all-conference second team in 1997 and 1998. He also was named to All-South Atlantic Region in 1999 and 2000.
Gomez is currently tied for fifth on Liberty's career goals list with 32 and ranks sixth all-time on the program's career points list with 77. In 2000 as a senior, the forward led the Flames in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points.
Gomez was drafted by the Charlotte Eagles in 2000 and played with the team for three seasons, earning All A-League second-team honors in 2002. During this time, he trained with the Chicago Fire and 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 replaces Dean Short, who left to pursue other opportunities after 10 seasons as an assistant coach on Alder's staff.