Former Knight Ryan Roushandel Joins Men's Soccer Staff

Aug. 6, 2012

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - After playing professionally for the last three years, former Knight star Ryan Roushandel has joined the UCF men's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Roushandel, who attended UCF from 2006-09, will assist with the day-to-day operations of the program, while also focusing on opponent scouting and game preparation.

After earning his bachelor's degree in 2009, the center back played for Brujas F.C. in Costa Rica and Sevilla de Puerto Rico.

"We are very pleased to have Ryan begin his coaching career here with us at UCF," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "I have always held Ryan in high regard as a person and a player. He has always remained close to our program and we are excited to help him start his coaching career."

Roushandel appeared in 53 matches during his three years with the Knights. As a junior, he earned NSCAA All-South Region Third Team honors and was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team after leading the Knights with eight goals. He excelled in the classroom, garnering C-USA All-Academic Team recognition and was selected as UCF's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

"I want to thank Coach Cunningham for the opportunity to join the coaching staff," Roushandel said. "I've always had a great relationship with Coach Cunningham and the assistant coaches, and this couldn't be a better situation for me. This is the right time to start the next chapter in my career and it is a dream come true to be back at UCF, which has always been home for me."