Leonard Griffin
Head Coach

Leonard is known in the soccer community as an exceptional coach and an even better human being. He is a part of the Positive Coaching Alliance and earned his certificate as The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

Griffin as a Player
Griffin is a So Cal Native who was recruited to play at UCLA from 2000-03. The 2003 First Team All-American honoree led the Bruins to an NCAA Championship Title in 2002.

Professional Career
Griffin gained MLS experience playing with with the Chicago Fire (2004-06), the Columbus Crew (2007-08), and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2006). In addition, he played professionally at the USL level with the Portland Timbers and Austin Aztex.

Griffin as a Coach
Leonard is the sixth head coach in USF men's soccer's illustrious history. Prior to becoming a Don, Griffin spent three seasons as the head assistant coach at the University of Portland. He inherited a program that has won five national championships, 35 West Coast Conference titles and produced 48 All-Americans

Griffin, with eight years of Division I assistant coaching experience, has recruited, coached and developed 35 professional players in MLS, USL and abroad. In his first season as the Pilots' assistant coach, Griffin helped guide the team to a 2016 West Coast Conference Championship. He coached three Far West Region Team players and MLS players: Benji Michel (Orlando City), Paul Christensen (Atlanta United), Kris Reaves (FC Dallas) and Rey Ortiz (FC Cincinnati).

Prior to joining the Portland staff, he spent two years at UCLA where the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup finals in 2014. Griffin coached nine all-Pac-12 players, including 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Leo Stoltz and 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jose Hernandez.

Griffin spent a season as an assistant coach at California in 2013, guiding Cal to a NCAA Quarterfinals appearance. At the time, the Golden Bears received the No. 4 overall ranking in the NCAA, which was the highest ranking in school history.

Prior to Cal, Griffin spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's. There, he led the Gaels to the NCAA Elite Eight and a WCC Championship in 2011.

Javier Ayala-Hil
Assistant Coach

Javier is a Bay Area Native and has a fantastic reputation here in the Bay Area for not just being a great soccer coach but also someone with high character, integrity, and leadership ability.

Javier as a Player
Ayala-Hil was four-time letter winner and First Team All-Pac-10 honoree at Cal.

Professional Career
Following his collegiate career, Ayala-Hil was drafted in the second round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA and continued playing professionally for Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico and Luckenwalde FSV 63 in Germany's Oberliga.

Javier as a Coach
He served as the head coach for San Francisco State men's soccer for three years. During Ayala-Hil's three seasons at SF State, he was named CCAA Men's Soccer Coach of the Year in 2017 after guiding the team to a CCAA Championship Semifinals. During the same year, he led the Gators to a program's best start in school history with a 5-0 start and, on the final day of the regular season, and clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 1978.
Prior to joining SF State, Ayala-Hil also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Cal.


Sam Reynolds
Assistant Coach

Sam Reynolds, a former MLS and USL player was known for his leadership, work ethic, and character on and off the field and works to instill those characteristics in his players.

Sam as a Player
Originally from Fortuna, Calif. Reynolds was a four-time letter winner and Big West Honorable Mention honoree as a goalkeeper at Cal State Fullerton before embarking on five years of playing professional soccer.

Professional Career
He began his professional career with the Portland Timbers and spent a year with Chivas USA, Toronto FC, Miami FC and Orlando City FC.

Sam as a Coach
Reynolds not only is an exceptional goalkeeping coach with extensive professional experience, he brings with him experience as a former agent. Reynolds was a former Professional Football Consultant (PROfc), spent eight years working as a professional soccer agent. Reynolds has a wealth of experience developing top-recruits from MLS to the top leagues around the world. He created top-client experience by working directly with recruits, scouts, players, general managers, owners, and sponsors while consulting on every player the agency signed. Most importantly, he has built essential relationships through contract negotiations and finding key players for new teams.