Phil Ruskin
Phil Ruskin
Title: Interim Head Coach
Year: First
Previous College: Elmhurst College, 2008

Named interim head coach of the Cal Poly men’s soccer team on Aug. 11, 2014, Phil Ruskin is in his second overall season with the Mustang program.

During Ruskin’s initial 2013 season on campus as an assistant coach, Cal Poly posted a 10-9-2 mark en route to finishing seventh among Division I teams with a program-record 43 goals scored. The Mustangs also finished ninth nationally in total points (124) and goals per game (2.05), 10th in points per game (5.90), 15th in assists (38) and 20th in assists per game (1.81). Additionally, Cal Poly placed four players on the All-Big West Conference team.

Ruskin arrived in San Luis Obispo after serving as an assistant at Stony Brook (2011-12), where he was charged with the direction and training of the program’s goalkeepers and overall recruiting efforts. Ruskin helped the Seawolves to the 2011 America East Conference championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. He also oversaw the development of goalkeeper Stefan Manz, the program’s career leader with 17 shutouts, and three-time America East Midfielder of the Year and two-time All-America selection Leonardo Fernandes, drafted in January by Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

Prior to his time at Stony Brook, Ruskin was an assistant coach and director of operations at Valparaiso (2009-11), where he worked in all aspects of player training and recruiting and also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the athletics department. With the Crusaders, Ruskin helped transform defender Stefan Antonijevic into a 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft pick by Sporting KC.

A four-year letterwinner (2004-07) at Division III Elmhurst (Ill.) College, Ruskin – still ranked 10th in program history with 66 appearances – owns a United States Soccer Federation A coaching license and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced National and Goalkeeper Level 2 diplomas.