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 second-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 the 2003 campaign.
Prior to Southern Virginia, Hand served as assistant boys soccer coach at Amherst County High School during the 2012 season. He is currently the assistant varsity girls soccer coach at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va.
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 has 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 and currently holds a United States Soccer Federation national "E" license.
Hand and his wife Danielle reside in Lynchburg, Va.
Ryan Foster is strength and conditioning coach, assistant soccer coach and Rice Fitness Center manager at Southern Virginia University.
Foster earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Virginia in 2013. He is certified by the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, and is currently working on his National Strength and Conditioning Association certification.
Most recently, Foster had a standout career for the Knights men’s soccer team, helping the Knights to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history since 2002-03.
Following a superb senior season as co-captain in 2012, Foster was named to the USCAA All-American First Team at the midfield position. During his junior year, Foster earned 2011 USCAA Academic All-American honors respectively.
He served a fulltime mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico.
Foster and his wife, Kellsi, live in Buena Vista with their daughter.