A veteran of the Aggie Soccer Field sidelines with a decade's worth of coaching experience, UC Davis Assistant Head Coach Jason Hotaling returns for his 10th season with the Aggies in 2014.
Elevated to his current position in April of 2014, Hotaling's duties include coordinating the program's recruiting efforts, team travel, and scouting, while also working on developing the UC Davis goalkeepers.
"Jason has been on my staff for many years, working his way up from a volunteer assistant to his new position as the assistant head coach," Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer said. "He has been instrumental in the development of our outstanding goalkeepers throughout the years and will now assume more responsibility in helping take our program to the next level."
Hotaling has helped engineer the Aggies' successful transition to the Division I level and the always difficult Big West Conference, helping lead UC Davis to a 79-75-23 overall record in his nine seasons, with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 (first round) and 2008 (second round) and three consecutive trips to the Big West Tournament, winning the conference's North Division and earning a spot into the tournament's championship match in 2012, while gaining the semifinals in 2011 and 2013.
Under his tutelage, 27 student-athletes have been named to the various All-Big West teams, including four first-team honorees. In only its second full season of play at the Division I level, Hotaling also helped tutor a pair of NSCAA All-Americans in 2008, as Quincy Amarikwa and Dylan Curtis earned second- and third-team honors, respectively.
Four other student-athletes: Amarikwa (2008, first team), Dylan Curtis (2008, first team), Brian Ford (2012, third team), and Omar Zeenni (2013, second team), have also been named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region squad during his time on the sidelines.
In net, Hotaling has coached some of the Aggies best goalkeepers, including UC Davis' first Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honoree in Zeenni following the 2013 season. The record-setting keeper set school career marks for shutouts (18) and saves (220), while ranking second all-time in goals against average (0.98) -- totals that also rank him among the Big West's all-time best following his career.
The 2008 season saw goalkeeper Ryan McCowan allow a program Division I record-low 20 goals (while leading the Big West with a 0.87 GAA), a mark that was later equalled in 2012 behind the combined efforts of Zeenni and Kris Schlutz, while his keepers have posted a sub-1.00 team goals against average on three occasions, including in each of the last two seasons. The Aggies' goalkeepers have also stopped better than 70 percent of the shots against them in five of his nine seasons, including a Division I-record .780 in 2012.
In addition to this duties at UC Davis, Hotaling works as a head coach for the U14 Boys team at FC Elk Grove and with the Olympic Development Program in District 6, coaching and developing players while serving as a state evaluator. He also holds a "B" license, along with an advanced national coaching license and a goalkeeper license, with the NSCAA and has taken leadership and management courses along the way.
After his collegiate playing career at Santa Rosa Junior College and Chico State, Hotaling was a member of the Chico Rooks of the Premier Development League. He then returned to his hometown of Rohnert Park, Calif., where he finished his undergraduate degree at Sonoma State in 1997. Hotaling majored in speech communication with a minor in English.