SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – David Elias, a former standout keeper at Cal State Fullerton and 2015 Big West Tournament MVP, will join the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer staff as the goalkeeping coach, announced by head coach Tim Vom Steeg on Thursday.
"We are excited to have David join our program and work specifically with our young and talented goalkeepers," Vom Steeg said. "His experience of competing in the Big West Conference as a player will be a valuable asset to not only our goalkeepers but to our coaching staff as well."
Elias, a Huntington Beach, Calif. native, most recently served as an assistant and goalkeeping coach at Servite High School while concurrently coaching CDA Slammers FC in both Huntington and Newport Beach.
A standout at Cal State Fullerton from 2014-16, Elias anchored a Titans' defense that won back-to-back Big West Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Elias was recognized as tournament MVP after tallying eight saves in two matches, including five in a shutout win in the final. For his career, he accumulated 121 saves in 42 games while recording a goal against average of 1.01. A two-time All-Big West Honorable Mention selection, Elias' 12 shutouts during the 2015 season ranks fourth all-time in Big West history and his 0.89 GAA is second all-time in CSF history.
Following his collegiate career, Elias had stints playing with the Thunder Bay Chill of the Player Development League (PDL) and Phoenix Rising of the United Soccer League (USL).
"I am very excited to be chosen to lead the goalkeepers at UCSB," Elias said. "I want to thank the leadership for having the utmost confidence in my ability and for this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to getting on the field and preparing the players for our upcoming season."
The Gauchos return their 2017 starting keeper and All-Big West Freshman Team selection in Alan Carrillo, while bringing in local Santa Barbara High School product and United Soccer Coaches All-American Ben Roach. Two-time Central Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Ricky Montoy rounds out the talented trio.
Elias will replace Jeremy Clark who has accepted an academy position with Minnesota FC of Major League Soccer.
UCSB hosts the 2018 College Cup at Harder Stadium in December. Season tickets as well as College Cup packages are on sale now and can be found online here or by calling the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB.
The Gauchos kick-off the season with its annual exhibition against Westmont on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7:00 p.m. and will hold its 'Meet the Team' event at 4:00 p.m. For more information please contact Mia Weber at 805-893-4785 or email Mia.Weber@athletics.ucsb.edu.