Ruiz Selected to Guide Jacksonville



Feb. 12, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ( - UCF men's soccer associate head coach Mauricio Ruiz was announced as the head coach at Jacksonville on Wednesday. He will be officially welcomed to the Dolphins with a press conference on Thursday at noon.

Ruiz began his career with the Knights as a volunteer assistant and spent the past eight campaigns on the staff of head coach Bryan Cunningham.

"Mauricio has been loyal to UCF over his career as he worked his way up from volunteer to associate head coach," Cunningham said. "I am very thankful to have worked and built a strong relationship with such an excellent recruiter and good coach. He is going to do an amazing job at Jacksonville and I wish him all the best."

Ruiz helped put UCF in the national spotlight by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship in 2010 and 2011. The Knights hosted and notched first-round victories over USF, 3-0, and Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1 OT.

He was elevated to recruiting coordinator in the spring of 2010 and has overseen a pair of top classes including the high-touted 2014 group that had a trio earning Top Draw Soccer Top 150 IMG honors.

Ruiz has been instrumental in helping his players move on to play professionally. Under his guidance Deshorn Brown, Kevan George, Warren Creavealle and Sean Johnson have been selected in the MLS SuperDraft.

The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native came to Florida in 1996 and played two years of men's soccer at Stetson before earning a bachelor's degree in 2005.

Ruiz will take over a Dolphins' program that finished 4-11-3 in 2013. Jacksonville finished eighth in the Atlantic Sun with a 2-4-2 mark.

UCF is set to announce its spring schedule in the next few weeks and holds its annual alumni weekend on April 12 at 10 a.m.



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