Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Farfan named women's coach
Fresno - Erik Farfan will take over the head coaching duties of the FPU women's soccer team, effective July 1.
The announcement was made today by FPU Athletics director Dennis Janzen.
Farfan has served as the women's assistant coach since the program's intercollegiate inception in 2001. He will take over from head coach Jaime Ramirez.
Ramirez will continue as head coach of the Sunbirds men's soccer team, but will now turn his attention the FPU Athletics Capital Campaign.
"We have a lot of work to do to complete our athletic facilities," said Janzen. "I am delighted because this is a win-win. Erik has demonstrated he is ready for this assignment, and we will greatly benefit from Jaime's efforts on the capital campaign. This addresses all both issues."
Ramirez was the driving force that initiated the women's soccer club in 1998 and patiently developed it to a varsity sport in 2001. In just their fourth season the Sunbirds reached the postseason stretching third-ranked Biola to overtime before dropping a 4-3 score.
In five seasons as the women's coach Ramirez guided the fledgling Sunbirds to a 31-54-4 record. In 15 seasons as the men's coach Ramirez has amassed an overall record of 184-85-19 that includes seven Golden State Athletic Conference Championships, a pair of Region Championships and a runner-up finish at the 2003 NAIA National Championship.
"It is with great joy that I step aside and leave the women's program to Erik," Ramirez said. "He has been a faithful assistant coach and has earned this opportunity. I will focus my attention on the men's team. I'm excited about this new opportunity in Athletic Development and look forward to contributing to the completion of our Athletic Complex."
Farfan completed a bachelor's degree at California State University Fresno, in mass communication and journalism in 1997. In 2005 he completed a master's degree in kinesiology at CSUF.
Farfan has been deeply involved in youth soccer since his competition days as a member of the Fresno State Bulldogs soccer team. He has served as the Buchanan High School varsity girls coach the past four seasons, guiding the Bears to the Tri-River Athletic Conference (TRAC) and Valley championships this past season.
"I'm excited," said Farfan. "I am looking forward to the challenge. I feel both honored and blessed to take on this new responsibility. I appreciate being given this opportunity."
Farfan was twice named the TRAC Coach of the Year (2005, 2006). He was also named the Coach of Year by The Fresno Bee in 2006.
Farfan inherits 15 players from a team that completed the 2005 season with a 6-9-2 record.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.