Ortiz Named Head Men's Soccer Coach

Coach Ortiz with his family


Ortiz, 28, was the associate head coach last fall after serving two years as a graduate assistant following his one season as a Temple player in a move from Argentina. The Ecuador native has a master's degree in ministry from TTU and is working on another master's in Christian education.

"I really believe God put me here," Ortiz said, "to work in the lives of the players and in the community. We already have started doing soccer clinics for kids every Saturday.

"I think I am taking over the team at a great time. Coach Liburd has been building it up, and they have a foundation. Now we just need to bring in people to make it better" -- filling in gaps and increasing depth, he explained.

"I really think he's ready," Liburd said. "He's a great guy with a great heart for ministry. He has a great aptitude for learning, and his tactical knowledge of soccer is incredible. He also has knowledge of our school and the program, and he has a great rapport with our players yet still pushes them to get better.

"I think he's the perfect guy to take the program to the next level." 


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