Entering his 19th season at the helm of the SDSU men’s soccer program, Lev Kirshner has brought the Aztecs back into the national spotlight while leading the program into its 14th season as a member of the Pac-12 Conference.
Kirshner has racked up over 130 wins while at SDSU and has taken the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament three times (2005, 2006 & 2016). He has led SDSU to a .500 record or better nine times while overseeing seven freshmen All-Americans, 18 all-region selections and over 90 all-conference honorees.
In 2016, the Aztecs recorded 11 shutouts and went 9-4-6 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. That season SDSU placed seven players on the All-Pac-12 team, the most since the 2010 season. SDSU also had a historic 1-0 victory over Akron, the No. 1 ranked team in the country at the time. The Aztecs advanced to the postseason in both 2005 and 2006 with back-to-back nine win seasons, the first NCAA appearance for the program since the 1989 season.
In 2005, SDSU went 9-4-6, its best mark since 1991 and was nationally ranked by all four polls during the season and reached as high as No. 14 by Soccer American and College Soccer News. The Aztecs ranked first nationally with an 87.9 shots-on-goal save percentage and second in the country with a 0.54 goals against average behind 12 shutouts from goalkeeper Tally Hall. Hall became the first Aztec to receive All-American honors since National Soccer Hall of Fame member Marcelo Balboa did so in 1989.
Associate Head Coach
Matt Hall enters his sixth season as associate head coach and 19th overall with the San Diego State men’s soccer program. His primary responsibilities are working with the Aztec goalkeepers. In addition to his goalkeeping duties, Hall coordinates the team’s recruiting, and organizes and runs practice sessions.
Known as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, Hall has coached an SDSU netminder to a postseason honor in eight of his last 12 seasons on Montezuma Mesa.
“I am so fortunate that Matt has become such a significant part of my personal and professional life,” said Aztec head coach Lev Kirshner. “Since 1997, when Matt first played for me, I have enjoyed watching him mature as an adult and professional. Matt has become one of my closest friends and I am so blessed to have him as my assistant. This program would not be the same without him and neither would my life.”
Josh Hill enters his second season as assistant coach for the San Diego State men’ soccer program.
A native of Chino, California, Hill brings a vast array of coaching experience to Montezuma Mesa, ranging from the collegiate level to the USL Premier Development League (PDL). He most recently was an assistant coach at UCLA in 2016 after serving the Bruins’ director of soccer operations in 2015.
During Hill’s tenure at UCLA, the Bruins led the Pac-12 with 17 all-conference selections overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both years.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Matt Deemer is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach. A recent graduate of Chapman University, where he was a back-up goalkeeper, Deemer already has four years of coaching experience under his belt.
Deemer got his first coaching experience as the Chapman Women’s Club Team Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. He also was the JV Head Coach at Villa Park High School from 2015-17, before being elevated to the Head Coach for the 2017-18 school year. As Villa Park’s Head Coach, Deemer helped them reach the CIF Finals, which earned him CIF Coach of the Year honors.
Along with his duties at SDSU, Deemer serves as an assistant coach for the LA Galaxy San Diego Youth Soccer Club. Deemer holds a USSF “D” and “E” license and is working towards his “C” license.
Director of Operations
Greg White is in his first year as the Aztecs’ Director of Soccer Operations. He assists with the creation and development of the team’s digital marketing and social media efforts.
A native of Canton, Mich., White graduated from Colgate with a degree in political science in 2015. While there he served as video coordinator for the football team for all four years, where he edited and organized practice and game film for the coaching staff.
White is currently enrolled in SDSU’s Sports MBA program.