Former CCAA rivals clash as UC Davis kicks-off its 2014 campaign
Aggies open the 2013 season at the University of Portland Tournament Friday
In his first season with the Aggies, he helped guide the program to the California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division title in 2001 and a berth in the championship match of the CCAA tournament. The Aggies finished 13-7-1 that season with a No. 22 national ranking. In 2002, he helped lead the team to a 13-5-2 record and a No. 3 regional ranking before posting a 10-5-2 record in 2003.
Restrepo also worked closely with former Aggie standout Nic Platter, who is currently a member of the United Soccer League's Minnesota Thunder; and Ryan Shaw, who became the program's first-ever MLS draftee. Platter finished his UC Davis career in 2003 as the all-time leader in shutouts (17) and saves (195). Shaw set the school's career goals record at 43 during his career from 2001 to 2004.
Prior to arriving at UC Davis, Restrepo spent three years as an assistant coach at Cal State Monterey Bay while completing his master's degree in education. While at CSUMB, Restrepo helped build a brand-new program. During his tenure, the Otters made two conference tournament appearances, including a berth in the conference title game. He also served as the boys' head coach at York HS in Monterey, where he earned 1999-2000 Coach of the Year honors.
Restrepo was a four-year letterwinner at UC Davis from his midfielder position. He started 52 of his final 55 games and was a second-team All-Northern California Athletic Conference performer as a junior. He has been a member of the state and regional ODP teams as a player. In 1999, he attended the U.S. Soccer Festival with U-23 Region IV ODP team.
A 1998 graduate of UC Davis, Restrepo has a bachelor's degree in human development, a master's in education and is currently in the doctoral program at UC Davis in educational pyschology.
In 2002, he married another former Aggie soccer player, Mandi Berman. The couple recently had their first child, Diego.