McPherson College soccer coach Doug Quint has announced the hiring of Jesus "Tito" Ruiz as the new assistant coach for the men's program, replacing Jose Reyes.
"First off, I would like to personally thank coach Reyes and wish him and his family nothing but the best," Quint said. "For the first time since 2005, “Ardi” won't be on the sideline or field with me and that will be an adjustment. We definitely had some good memories together I look forward to his continued success.
"We had a lot of interest in the position, but when it came down to it, I wanted to keep the hire within the family. I am extremely pleased that Tito has accepted the position and will begin transitioning immediately. Tito has been a mainstay in the program for the last four years and has certainly shown the leadership skills necessary to take this step. He knows the program expectations and I only see him continuing to do great things here."
Ruiz is no stranger to Bulldog soccer, having played for Quint for the past four seasons.
"I am truly honored and grateful for this opportunity," Ruiz said. "My time here at MC as a student-athlete is what made my college experience very enjoyable. I look forward to continue being a part of this family, contributing to the team and the program as a coach like I did as a player."
While attending MC, Ruiz played in 70 career games and was a part of the 2014 KCAC regular season and postseason championship team. His overall record wearing a Bulldog uniform is 47-25-4 and he went 27-8-1 in the conference and 26-8-4 overall.
Ruiz is a native of Weatherford, Texas, and will graduate from McPherson in May of 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Business.