Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, Associate Head Coach Jason Hotaling, and Assistant Coach Chris Leer honored
UC Davis hosts Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Early challenge for the top spot as Aggies and Mustangs clash before Causeway clash with the Hornets
First of two meetings with perennial power sees Aggies tied for first atop the division standings
UC Davis finishes play against the South Division with matches against No. 11 Anteaters, Matadors
2017 United Soccer Coaches Far West Region Coaching Staff of the Year
A veteran of the Aggie Soccer Field sidelines with a decade’s worth of coaching experience, UC Davis Associate Head Coach Jason Hotaling returns for his 14th season overall with the Aggies in 2018.
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 associate 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 113-105-41 overall record in his previous 13 seasons, with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 (first round) and 2008 (second round) and seven consecutive trips to the Big West Tournament, winning the conference’s North Division and earning a spot into the tournament’s championship match in both 2012 and 2017, while gaining the semifinals in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
Under his tutelage, 45 student-athletes have been named to the various All-Big West teams, including eight 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.
Six other student-athletes: Amarikwa (2008), Dylan Curtis (2008), Brian Ford (2012), Omar Zeenni (2013), Roy Boateng (2017), and Nabi Kibunguchy (2017), have also been named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region squad during his time on the sidelines, including first-team honors for Amarikwa and Curtis in their respective seasons.
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 ranked 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 two of the last three seasons. The Aggies’ goalkeepers have also stopped better than 70 percent of the shots against them six times, 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.