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Jake Hughes

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s nationally-ranked men’s soccer program may have a European feel next fall.

The College named Jake Hughes, formerly of London, England, as its’ new head men’s soccer coach.

Hughes takes over following the late-January resignation of Cale Rodriguez, who left for a coaching job at Cal State Irvine.

“It's a great honor to be named the head men's soccer coach at Peninsula College, a program that is truly special and a program that I owe a great deal to,” Hughes said. “I would like to thank Dr. Robins, Jack Huls, Rick Ross, Kanyon Anderson, Cale Rodriguez, and Tim Tucker for the opportunity to guide the Pirates into the next season. The support and dedication I have received is incredible and it speaks volumes about the quality of our program.”

Hughes won the job following a seven-week national search.

“It was a very competitive field of applicants,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “We had 34 applications from coaches whose experience ranged from high school to college to professional, and from 19 states and three countries. There were some high powered coaches in the mix, including one with a national championship to his name, but it comes down to the right fit for our program, and that fit is Jake Hughes.”

“I am convinced that Jake has the passion, work ethic and experience to not only win more championships for Peninsula College, but also to recruit student athletes who will represent us well on and off the field,” Ross added. “As our interim coach this last month, the first player he signed is an outstanding young man from Port Angeles in Jesse Salgado. He’s also recruiting players from all over the west coast. Jake knows our program, he knows the NWAC, he knows the College, and he demonstrated to our committee, and our administration, that he not only really wants the job, but that he really wants to coach the players in our program, and that he really wants to live in our community.”

Cale Rodriguez and Dana De Vaughn

PORT ANGELES – The powerhouse men’s soccer program at Peninsula College, winners of eight straight league championships and four of the last seven Northwest Athletic Conference titles, is looking for a new head coach.

Following a brief but very successful two-year stint at Peninsula College, head coach Cale Rodriguez has accepted an assistant coaching position at University of California Irvine, a Division I program located near Rodriguez’s home town of Redlands.

 “I’ve been fortunate enough to receive an opportunity to continue my coaching career at University of California, Irvine,” Rodriguez said in an e-mail to the campus community. “For me, the most important part in my decision to come to the college was to know that the college was committed to athletics from all avenues. While there were many successes on the field, what people don't see and know about is the hard work, dedication, time and energy that the many people at the college from faculty, admin, foundation and general employees have invested into our students. I have met a lot of good people that share the same passion I have in helping young people achieve and pursue education. And it's the people at the college that make Peninsula truly a special place.”

Rodriguez, who was named North Division Coach of the Year last fall, won league titles both seasons and captured the Northwest Athletic Conference championship in 2015.

“Cale did an outstanding job for us and we wish him all the best as he continues his coaching career at the Division I level,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life.

Peninsula College All-Stars

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Freshman Cesar Gervacio was named the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region Most Valuable Player, 10 of his teammates also earned honors, and head coach Cale Rodriguez was named North Region Coach of the Year.

As region champions, Peninsula was allowed eight nominations for the All-Star Team and the other five coaches in the North voted all eight onto the All-Star Team. They will play in the NWAC Men’s All-Star Game at noon, Sunday, at Starfire Stadium and coach Rodriguez, a second-year coach who won his first NWAC Region Coach of the Year award, will coach them.

That All-Star list is headed up by Gervacio, Peninsula’s leading scorer who won Most Valuable Player honors. He will be joined by Juan Carrillo, Marlon Nava, Jason Ramos, Jose Soto, Demar Stewart and Salvador Vargas.

Soto also will be honored with an NWAC Academic Excellence award.

Finally, Alex Ramos, Miguel Valderrama and Joey Hollimon were named North Region All-Conference.