PORTLAND, Ore. – Nick Carlin-Voigt, who spent the past four years as the associate head coach for the UCLA Bruins, has been named the head coach of the University of Portland men's soccer program, Athletic Director Scott Leykam announced on Monday. Carlin-Voigt has helped build championship programs at both UCLA and George Mason where he brought in nationally ranked recruiting classes each of the last seven seasons.
"Nick is ready to be a head coach and we are fortunate to have him join our Portland family," Leykam said. "He is smart, passionate, organized and understands the great opportunity he has in front of him. Nick was highly recommended by many influential people in the American soccer ranks and has been mentored by top-tier head coaches. His recruiting pedigree speaks for itself and we are excited to see him bring Portland men's soccer back to the forefront of the conference and national scenes."
"I would like to personally thank President Fr. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., Scott Leykam, Buzz Stroud and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity," Carlin-Voigt said. "It is an honor to be selected as the leader of the University of Portland men's soccer program. I will forever be grateful to all the coaches, players and administrators at UCLA and George Mason."
Carlin-Voigt, considered among the top recruiters and coaches in the country, helped put together the nation's number one recruiting class during each of the past three seasons at UCLA (2013, 2014 & 2015). Since arriving in Westwood, 11 Bruins have been drafted or signed into Major League Soccer, highlighted by 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, Leo Stolz.
In 2012 the Bruins won the Pac-12 Championship while finishing with an overall record of 13-3-3. The Bruins reached the post-season all four years, grabbing the No. 1 overall seed in 2013 when UCLA finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bruins finished with a 12-3-5 overall record and a 6-1-3 mark in the Pac-12 Conference and defeated four top-3 opponents during the course of the season, including top-ranked Indiana and California. In 2014 the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup Championship in a game that was decided by penalty kicks. Carlin-Voigt had an influential role in building and coaching each of the teams that advanced further each year at the NCAA Championships from 2012 to 2014.
Carlin-Voigt brings a passion for teaching and champions a possession-based brand of attacking soccer that was instrumental in the growth of one of the nation's most explosive offenses. He primarily coached the attacking players in 2014 when the Bruins were the highest scoring team in the NCAA tournament with 11 goals in four games leading into the title game. The past year Carlin-Voigt coached the team to 47 goals, which ranked in the top three nationally for goals per game. This past fall the Bruins were the only team in the country to have four players in the attack score 20 points or more and all of them were underclassmen.
Carlin-Voigt has been honored as one of College Soccer News' top-15 assistant coaches in the country in 2013 and 2014, when he was the only coach on the West Coast to earn that distinction. Carlin-Voigt was actively involved in all aspects of the UCLA soccer program, including player development, training, scouting, scheduling, soccer-specific fitness training, summer camp development and alumni and community outreach. As the academic liaison in 2013, he helped the Bruins claim the highest team grade-point average in the UCLA athletic department for first time in program history.