Ali Hanif joins the assistant coach Jodi Grant and head coach Sebastien Vecchio on the sideline this coming season.
“I was extremely pleased with the number and quality of candidates who showed interest in the position,” Vecchio said when asked about the job search. “We were meticulous and precise in what we wanted our next manager to be, and we found the perfect fit in Ali.”
“I am thrilled to have Ali and his wife Jamie join the CSUB family,” Vecchio said. “Ali will not only focus on training the team and the goalkeepers, but will also lead our recruitment efforts. He is a tireless worker with deep knowledge of the game and the goalkeepers.”
An experienced coach, Hanif comes to CSU Bakersfield with a career spanning England and the United States for the past 15 years. He has coached professionally with Manchester United FC, at NCAA and NAIA Division I level, and in the National Elite Club League since 2008.
“I am extremely happy to join the Roadrunner family,” Ali Hanif said upon his appointment. “From my first conversation with Coach Sebastian, this felt like the right next step in my career! The opportunity to impact the program and the vision of Coach Sebastian and the Director of Sport through interim Cindy Bonmon was too good to refuse.”
“I’m thrilled to bring my energy and coaching approach to Bakersfield,” added Hanif, “and help the program in any way I can!”
Hanif came to Illinois State after spending two seasons at MidAmerica Nazarene as an assistant coach supervising goaltenders. Ali helped MNU reach the Heart of America Conference tournament in both seasons. The Pioneers won 14 games in Hanif’s first season, making an appearance at the NAIA Tournament – the second trip in program history.
Additionally, Hanif served as Director of Goaltending at Kansas City Athletics SC (ECNL) and Kansas ODP as Goaltending Coach for the past three seasons. Ali has helped many goalkeepers commit to college over the years across the country.
In 2017, Hanif joined the WPSL staff at GSI/KC Athletics Pride for two seasons, working with many goalkeepers who now play the trade in the NWSL and overseas.
Hanif began his coaching career in 2008 within the staff of Manchester United FC, working with various areas of the club. He held assistant and head coaching positions at Loreto College (Manchester, England) with the men’s program (2012-17) before coming to the United States.
“Ali’s passion for the game is contagious,” added Vecchio, “and his love for coaching the person, the student and the athlete will help us evolve this program to where we want it to go. be: succeed in the classroom and on the field.”
Hanif holds his USSF C licence, UEFA C licence, English FA and Scottish FA goalkeeper license, and is on course to complete his UEFA B goalkeeper license this summer.
Originally from Manchester, England, Hanif attended Manchester Metropolitan University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in coaching and sports development in 2015.
He will be joined in Bakersfield with his wife Jamie and their two dogs, Nyneete and Mr. Poe.