Austin Risenhoover is in his first year as Assistant Coach for the UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer program. Risenhoover came to UCSB after spending two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Cal State Monterey Bay.
While at Monterey Bay, he helped the Otters to their first-ever NCAA Regional Ranking (No. 10) and first-ever NSCAA Regional Ranking (No. 8). The team also improved its win total by five from 2011 to 2012, finishing with a school-record eight victories. Monterey Bay also had its highest California Collegiate Athletic Association finish and first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent. As the recruiting coordinator, Risenhoover was responsible for a 2012 recruiting class that was ranked as the best in school history.
Prior to his move to the West Coast, Risenhoover spent two years at the University of Oklahoma where he assisted for a squad that advanced to its first Big 12 Championship game ever. During his two seasons, the Sooners posted wins over nationally-ranked Texas, Texas A&M and Nebraska.
Risenhoover’s first collegiate coaching stint came at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Beginning in May of 2006, he spent three years at the Chickasha, Okla., school as an assistant for the men’s and women’s programs. During that span, the school produced a pair of NAIA All-Americans, the men’s program entered the NAIA top-25 for the first time and its recruiting classes helped the program get to the NAIA Tournament.
While he was coaching collegiately in Oklahoma, Risenhoover was also the head coach of the girl’s team at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., from 2007-2011. In 2010 and 2011, the Huskies won back-to-back 6A State Championships with a combined record of 33-3-1. The program also advanced to the 6A finals in 2007 and 2008, and to the quarterfinals in 2009. Overall, Risenhoover’s five-year record at Edmond North was 78-11-1. He also assisted for the boys and girls programs at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City and Edmond Memorial High School.
From 2006-2011, Risenhoover was also the head coach of the Oklahoma State Olympic Development Program.
As a player, he competed at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., from 2001-2003 and he was named First Team All-Red River Conference in 2002 and 2003.
The Oklahoma native is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and he is currently working towards a Master’s of Education – Human Relations, from the University of Oklahoma.