Grays Harbor College announced on Tuesday the hiring of Pablo Rodriguez-Jorge to take over as head coach of the beleaguered women’s soccer program.
““We are excited to have Pablo directing our women’s soccer program, as he has a great soccer background in the state of Washington and will use that experience to attract quality student-athletes to our program,” Grays Harbor College Athletic Director Will Rider said in a statement announcing the hiring.
Rodriguez, who hails from Walla Walla, has 10 years of experience coaching soccer at various levels. He coached for the Eastern Washington Surf Club team and was director of the club’s 2019 Harvest Cup Tournament, which featured more than 40 teams and 100 athletes. He has also achieved a Level 6 coaching diploma, a United Soccer Coaches National diploma and the Grassroots diploma.
Rodriguez-Jorge takes over a women’s team that has been without a head coach since Alan Carloza unexpectedly stepped down last season after less than a year on the job. The Chokers were 0-6-1 when Carloza stepped down and were victorious in just one game over the previous two seasons.
The Chokers finished the season in last place in the Northwest Athletic Conference’s West Region with a record of 0-16-1, forfeiting the final three games of the season as a lack of healthy players and coaching issues plagued the program.
Rodriguez-Jorge looks to right the ship and build a competitive program on the Harbor.
“I am very excited to be joining the Choker family. This job will be a terrific opportunity and a great chance to build the Choker soccer program by expanding the recruitment, development and overall experience for all players,” he said. “There is a wealth of talent in the Pacific Northwest, and I look forward to recruiting homegrown players as well as players interested in our program from around the country. I would like to thank the Director of Athletics, Will Rider, for showing confidence in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to lead the Grays Harbor women’s soccer program to the next level.”