Jeremy Gunn - Men's Head Coach
In six short years, Jeremy Gunn has engineered the rapid ascent of a Stanford program which has climbed to the pinnacle of men’s college soccer and won the past three NCAA championships.
Stanford cemented its dynasty in 2017 when it beat Indiana 1-0 in the College Cup final to become just the second school to win three consecutive national titles. The Cardinal, 52-7-10 during its three-year championship run, did not allow a goal throughout the entire tournament for the second straight year and upped its NCAA-record postseason shutout streak to 12 - a stretch of 1,214 minutes and 20 seconds.
The previous December, Stanford beat Wake Forest in penalties following a scoreless 110 minutes to clinch title No. 2 and in 2015 the Cardinal routed Clemson 4-0, the largest margin of victory in a College Cup final since 1975.
One of four coaches with NCAA titles at both the Division I and Division II levels, Gunn has led a team to the College Cup final four times in the past seven seasons. He and Virginia’s Bruce Arena (1991-94) are the only coaches to win three consecutive NCAA men’s soccer championships.
Gunn's teams are 84-25-18 (.732) in his six seasons on The Farm and he owns a career record of 271-86-49 (.728) in 19 seasons, a mark which makes him the fourth winningest active coach at the Division I level (by percentage).
Stanford has won Pac-12 titles each of the past four years, the program’s first conference four-peat since it won University and Club Soccer League championships from 1919-22. Gunn was awarded Pac-12 Coach of the Year following each of those seasons and is the only coach in league history to win more than two consecutive Pac-12 titles.
He secured the first national men's coach of the year award handed out by Top Drawer Soccer in 2017 and United Soccer Coaches Far West Region Coach of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015. Gunn and his assistants were also collectively named the 2017 National Staff of the Year by United Soccer Coaches.
On the heels of Stanford’s 2015 national championship, Jordan Morris became the first MAC Hermann Trophy winner in program history and signed the most anticipated Homegrown Player contract in MLS history when he inked a deal with the Seattle Sounders. The Cardinal’s forward tandem of Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake) and Foster Langsdorf (Portland Timbers) followed suit and signed their homegrown deals in January 2018.
Seven of Gunn’s players have also been selected in the MLS SuperDraft. Among the program’s four first-rounders under Gunn, three have been top-10 picks in JJ Koval (9th – San Jose Earthquakes – 2014), Brandon Vincent (4th – Chicago Fire – 2016) and Tomas Hilliard-Arce (2nd – Los Angeles Galaxy – 2018).
Gunn’s Cardinal teams have produced four United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Americans in Morris (2014, 2015), Vincent (2014, 2015), Hilliard-Arce (2016, 2017) and Langsdorf (2017), 23 United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region winners, five players recognized among the nation’s best freshmen by Top Drawer Soccer and 44 All-Pac-12 honorees. Stanford student-athletes under Gunn have also won recognition as Pac-12 Player of the Year (Jordan Morris – 2015; Foster Langsdorf – 2016 and 2017), Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (Brandon Vincent – 2014 and 2015; Tomas Hilliard-Arce – 2016 and 2017), Pac-12 Freshman of the Year (Aaron Kovar – 2012) and Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Brandon Vincent – 2015). Hilliard-Arce was also a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in 2017 and selected as the Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year.
Academically, two have been United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans (Ty Thompson – 2015; Andrew Epstein – 2016), 10 have been named United Soccer Coaches Far West Region Scholars, 12 have claimed CoSIDA Academic All-District Accolades, three been voted CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and Stanford men’s soccer student-athletes have found themselves on various conference all-academic squads 73 times over the past six seasons.
Creating an environment keen on player development, Gunn’s work at Stanford has attracted the attention of professional franchises and national team programs alike.
Jordan Morris became the face of college soccer in three years under Gunn. In November 2014, he became the first active collegian since 1995 to receive a cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team when he came on in the 76th minute in a friendly against Ireland in Dublin. On April 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, Morris started and scored for the United States against Mexico, becoming the first college player to score for the USA since September 1992.
Vincent was pulled away from the MLS Combine after just one day when he was added to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for its January 2016 training camp in Carson, Calif. The 2015 College Cup Defensive Most Outstanding Player earned his first MNT cap on Feb. 5 when he came on for the second half of a 1-0 win against Canada at StubHub Center.
Gunn previously served as head coach at the University of Charlotte for five seasons (2007-11), building the 49er program into a national title contender. He led Charlotte to two NCAA tournament appearances, including a run to the championship match of the 2011 College Cup before losing to top-ranked North Carolina. After the season, Gunn was named the United Soccer Coaches National Coach of the Year.
During the five seasons at Charlotte, Gunn compiled a 64-26-14 record, including a 5-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament. The 49ers also won a pair Atlantic-10 Conference titles in 2010 and 2011.
A 1993 graduate of CSU Bakersfield, Gunn began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. He served on both the men's and women's coaching staffs during his seven-year stint at Bakersfield, helping the Roadrunners to the 1997 NCAA Division II national championship and an appearance in the 1995 national semifinal.
After leaving CSU Bakersfield, Gunn went to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he built the program into a Division II power. Fort Lewis advanced to three national title games and won the 2005 Division II championship with a 22-0-1 mark, earning Gunn national coach of the year honors.
Gunn finished his eight-year career at Fort Lewis with an overall record of 123-35-17 and in 13 seasons at Fort Lewis and Charlotte, Gunn was 187-61-31 (.754).
Gunn also had a successful playing career. Growing up in England, he was a youth player at Grimsby Town F.C. and Scunthorpe United F.C., while representing the North Region as an English schoolboy. A first team All-American at CSU Bakersfield, Gunn played professionally from 1993-95 with the Chico Rooks Pro Soccer Club in Chico, California, the North Bay Breakers in Rohnert Park, California and in 1998 with the Nashville (Tenn.) Metros and the Charleston (S.C.) Battery of what is now called the United Soccer League (formerly the A-League).
Oige Kennedy - Men's Assistant Coach
Oige Kennedy, a two-time NCAA Division II national champion head coach at Fort Lewis College, is in his third season as an assistant coach at Stanford.
Working mainly with the Cardinal’s keepers, Kennedy’s first two years on The Farm have been immensely successful. Winners of three consecutive national championships, Stanford has not allowed a goal throughout the past two tournaments and owns an active NCAA-record postseason shutout streak of 12 matches - a stretch of 1,214 minutes and 20 seconds.
In 2017, Nico Corti put together the best statistical season for a goalkeeper in Stanford men's soccer history. He finished second in the country in both goals against average (0.386) and solo shutouts (14), set Pac-12 records in both categories, a school record in goals against average and tied the school record in solo shutouts.
A year prior, Andrew Epstein made two consecutive penalty kick saves in the College Cup final against Wake Forest to lead the Cardinal to its second straight national championship. That season, Epstein was named the College Cup's Defensive Most Outstanding Player, a United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American, CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American and finished seventh in the country in goals against average (0.571).
Corti (0.00) and Epstein (0.34) are first and second in NCAA history in career postseason goals against average and just the fifth and sixth keepers in college soccer history to go through an entire postseason without allowing a single goal.
Stanford’s 0.382 goals against average in 2017 set a Pac-12 record and was significantly better than the previous mark of 0.52 from UCLA in 2003. The Cardinal conceded only nine goals all last season, a school-record low, and tied another program record with 16 total shutouts, last achieved in 2000.
In 46 matches the past two seasons, Stanford has posted a 0.47 goals against average with 29 shutouts.
Kennedy, who amassed a 102-37-9 overall record in seven seasons leading the Skyhawks, won national championships in 2009 and 2011 and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular-season and postseason crowns those same seasons.
He first arrived at Fort Lewis in 2006 when he was hired as an assistant on Jeremy Gunn’s staff in Durango, Colorado. The Skyhawks went 21-2-1 that season and were national runners-up. Gunn left after the season to take over at Charlotte while Kennedy remained to work under Tim Hankinson in 2007-08, winning 33 more games and advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason both years.
Kennedy took the reins of Fort Lewis’ program in 2009 and continued the powerhouse’s push forward. Hired as interim head coach just weeks before his team was to report for preseason training, he became the first coach in NCAA history to guide a men’s soccer team to a national championship in his first year of collegiate coaching.
The Skyhawks started the year 3-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of Incarnate Word. Rebounding in emphatic fashion, FLC reeled off 21 straight wins to claim its second national championship in five years.
Kennedy duplicated the feat in 2011, as his team went 24-1 and added NCAA Division II, RMAC regular season, and RMAC championship trophies to their treasure chest.
In seven seasons at FLC, Kennedy complied a 102-37-9 overall record (.720) and was 65-25-5 (.718) in RMAC play. His teams were a perfect 10-0-0 in the NCAA playoffs and 12-4-2 in the RMAC tournament. In January 2012, he became the second Fort Lewis head man to be named NSCAA Division II Coach of the Year. Gunn earned the accolade in 2005 after guiding the Skyhawks to their first national crown.
Prior to coming to Fort Lewis, Kennedy played four years as a professional in Europe. He played several seasons for Ireland’s national youth teams. He also captained the Irish University team for two years.
His coaching experience includes work with the Manchester United Soccer School and Bobby Charlton Soccer School for six years. Kennedy, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, earned his bachelor’s degree in sport science from University College Dublin and a computer science diploma from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Charles Rodriguez - Men's Assistant Coach
Charles Rodriguez is in his third season on the Stanford men’s soccer staff in 2018.
A 2011 United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American and team captain under Jeremy Gunn at Charlotte, Rodriguez is primarily responsible for working with the Cardinal’s back four.
Winners of three consecutive national championships, Stanford has not allowed a goal throughout the past two tournaments and owns an active NCAA-record postseason shutout streak of 12 matches - a stretch of 1,214 minutes and 20 seconds.
Stanford’s 0.382 goals against average in 2017 set a Pac-12 record and was significantly better than the previous mark of 0.52 from UCLA in 2003. The Cardinal conceded only nine goals all season, a school-record low, and tied another program record with 16 total shutouts, last achieved in 2000.
In 46 matches the past two years, Stanford has posted a 0.47 goals against average with 29 shutouts.
Prior to arriving on The Farm in April 2016, Rodriguez spent the previous three seasons on staff at Xavier.
In 2015, the Musketeers won 12 games, rose to No. 10 in the national rankings and won on the road at both No. 1 Creighton and No. 2 Notre Dame. In 2014, Xavier experienced the greatest season in school history, breaking program records for wins (15), shutouts (11) and team goals against average (0.84). Rodriguez and the XU staff were recognized as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year and Xavier was among the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Musketeers finished 2013 campaign 10-7-2 overall and tied for second in conference.
Rodriguez was just as accomplished as a player. As a senior in 2011, he was named a Soccer America First Team All-American, was a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and became the first defender in Charlotte history to earn United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America honors. He was also named to the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team while captaining the 49ers to the national final for the first time in school history.
The center back guided a Charlotte defense that had nine shutouts, limited 21 foes to a goal or less and only allowed four goals in six NCAA Tournament games in 2011. During Rodriguez’s four years, the 49ers tallied 30 shutouts.
Rodriguez was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer's 2012 Supplemental Draft by D.C. United and spent time in the District before moving on to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro League. Following the 2012 season, Rodriguez returned to Charlotte to finish his degree in political science and criminal justice.