Hired in February 2014, Josh Patiño begins his first season as head coach of the men's soccer program at Southern Virginia.
For the past four years, Patiño has experienced tremendous success as a member of the Utah Celtic FC girls soccer coaching staff. Last season, he helped guide the U16 Celtic team to a 25-game win streak and eventual 2013 Utah state championship.
With Celtic FC, Patiño helped identify, select, recruit and develop players. His duties also included scouting opponents, developing practice and game plans and guiding players through the college recruiting process.
A member of the Brigham Young University men's soccer team from 2008-12, Patiño graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in exercise and wellness in December 2012.
Last November, Patiño was chosen by the Utah Olympic Development Program to help select the state's top 40 youth soccer players. Patiño has also served as the COO and co-founder of World Sports Partners, LLC — a sports management group focused on developing young athletes based in Orem, Utah — since 2012.
Patiño has a USSF National C coaching license and recently completed the certification process for a National Youth License.
He served a two-year mission (2006-2008) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas, Nev., and later worked as a zone coordinator at the LDS Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah from 2011-13.
Brennan Hand is a third-year assistant coach for the Southern Virginia University men’s soccer team.
In Hand's first season with the Knights in 2012, men's soccer finished with a 10-7 record — the program's highest win total since 2003.
He was promoted as head coach of the Heritage High School (Lynchburg, Va.) varsity girls soccer team in July 2014 after serving as an assistant there in 2013. Before Heritage, Hand served as an assistant boys soccer coach at Amherst County High School for the 2012 season.
A native of Buena Vista, Hand was a standout soccer player at Parry McCluer High School where he earned all-district honors and was the team captain in 2007.
Hand earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation management and is currently working on a master’s degree in sports administration from Liberty University. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a United States Soccer Federation national "E" license. He is currently in the process of earning his USSF "D" license.
Hand and his wife, Danielle, reside in Lynchburg, Va.