Aug. 23, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin men's soccer has added Ryan Hopkins as a volunteer goalkeeper coach, head coach John Trask announced on Thursday. Hopkins joins the program after serving four seasons as an assistant coach at Cal-Poly and four seasons at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
"Ryan brings a wealth of experience in training goalkeepers and has an outstanding pedigree from Cal-Poly," Trask said. "He will be a valuable asset to our goalkeeping core and will work closely with our defenders and field players as well. Ryan joined us this summer for camps and has settled into his new role at Wisconsin and we are very fortunate to have him be a part of the staff."
"He also brings with him a tremendous background in marketing and promoting college soccer. Ryan helped create a large fan base at Cal-Poly, which had attendance figures close to 10,000 for one of their home matches last year."
At Cal-Poly, Hopkins mentored current Chivas USA goalkeeper Patrick McLain to three All-Big West selections. Under the watch of Hopkins, McLain recorded the two highest save-percentage figures in Cal-Poly's history and led all Big West goalkeepers in 2009 (.830) and 2010 (.835).
Prior to Cal-Poly, Hopkins served as the lead assistant coach at Concordia (2004-08) and helped transform the Eagles into an NAIA powerhouse. Concordia advanced to the NAIA national championship tournament for three-straight seasons during his time with the Eagles, finishing as runners-up in 2007 after falling in the title match against top-seeded Azusa Pacific, 2-0.
A four-year starter in goal for Concordia (2000-04), Hopkins was twice named an NAIA All-American and helped lead the program to its first appearance in the NAIA national championship tournament in 2003. Hopkins departed from Concordia as the program's career leader in victories, second in goals-against average and shutouts, and fourth in saves. In 2010, Hopkins was inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame.
Hopkins graduated from Concordia in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in political science and obtained a master's degree in athletic administration in 2008. Hopkins also holds a USSF A license and a USSF National Goalkeeping License.