Ryan Hopkins joined the Pioneers in January of 2013 after serving for one season at Wisconsin, four seasons at Cal Poly and four seasons at Concordia University (Irvine, Calif.). Hopkins enters his sixth season with the program in 2018.
2017: Denver picked up right where it left off in 2016 in the opening weekend, knocking off two ranked teams at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium in Florida Gulf Coast and Akron. Following the opening weekend, the Pioneers dropped four of the next six. Denver split the next four matches, including a 3-1 win at Saint Louis before going unbeaten in the Pioneers' final seven matches of the campaign. Denver finished a perfect 5-0-0 in the Summit League, and earned the program's third result at New Mexico on Oct. 25.
Denver defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0 in the Summit League Semifinals, before drawing Omaha 1-1 in the Summit League Final. Denver lost the final in an 11-round penalty kick shootout, being outscored by the home side 9-8 from the spot.
2016: Hopkins helped lead the Pioneers to their first ever College Cup in 2016, as Denver defeated  Clemson 1-0 in the NCAA Quarterfinals to book their December trip to Houston. Under Hopkins, Denver was third in team goals against average (0.52) and third in shutout percentage (0.58) in the country in 2016. Hopkins was an assistant for the NSCAA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2016.
DU went on to re-set its Division I shutout record (13) and its consecutive unbeaten match record at 23 before losing to Wake Forest in the National Semifinals. The Pioneers became the first program since Clemson did so in 1977-78 to finish consecutive regular seasons unbeaten. DU enters 2017 with a 35-match regular season unbeaten streak, dating back to Halloween Night, 2014. For the second-consecutive season, Hopkins was recognized by College Soccer News as one of the top assistants in the country.
2015: The Pioneers set new DI school marks in shutouts (12), consecutive shutouts (7), consecutive scoreless minutes (797) and consecutive unbeaten matches (18). Hopkins' main focus is with the Denver goalkeeping corps. Redshirt-senior Dan Jackson played every minute for the Pioneers in 2015, allowing just eight goals, keeping a 0.400 goals against-average (second in the country) and a 0.63 clean sheet rate (second in the country).
Denver has captured Summit League regular season and tournament titles and earned berths into the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Hopkins on the coaching staff. Since his arrival in 2013, Denver is 39-12-8.
DU reached new heights in 2015, finishing the regular season as the only unbeaten team in the country at 15-0-3, and earned a first round bye and postseason home game for the first time in the program's history. Hopkins was named the NSCAA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 and was recognized by College Soccer News as one of the top-assistant coaches in the country.
The Pioneers spent seven-straight weeks in the top-10 of the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America poll, including two at No. 7, the highest ranking in the program's history.
Prior to 2015: In addition, with the Pioneers, Hopkins helped Oliver Brown to Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2013 as he set a school record with five consecutive shutouts and 584 straight scoreless minutes. In 2014, with Brown missing most of the season due to injury, Hopkins guided a pair of inexperienced goalkeepers, Nick Gardner and Ryan Massey, to new heights. Gardner allowed just three goals in five games, recordeda pair of shutouts and won his two starts in the Summit League tournament. Massey posted four victories on the season including a pair of shutouts.
Cal Poly: Hopkins mentored former Mustang and current Chivas USA goalkeeper Patrick McLain to three All-Big West selections. Under the watch of Hopkins, McLain recorded the two highest save percentage figures in program history by leading all Big West goalkeepers in 2009 (.830) and 2010 (.835). McLain's conference-leading 0.92 goals against average in 2011 highlighted a history-making fall during which the Mustangs also set program records for fewest goals conceded (17, in 18 games) and fewest goals allowed per game (0.94) and led the Big West with a 0.90 team goals against average.
Hopkins also made his mark on the recruiting trail. Cal Poly featured a top-40 recruiting class during each of his 4 seasons, pulling the No. 33 class for 2009, the No. 38 class in 2010, the No. 27 class in 2011 and the No.12 class in 2012 (as graded by CollegeSoccerNews.com).
Prior to Cal Poly: Hopkins served as the lead assistant coach at Concordia (2004-08) and helped transform the Eagles into an NAIA powerhouse. Concordia advanced to the NAIA National Championship tournament for three-straight seasons during his time with the Eagles, finishing as National Runners-Up in 2007 after falling in the title match against top-seeded Azusa Pacific. Concordia also spent five weeks atop the NAIA national rankings in 2007 while capturing Golden State Athletic Conference titles in 2005 and 2006. At Concordia, Hopkins coached 10 NAIA All-America selections, eight NAIA All-Far West Region picks and 20 All-GSAC players. With Hopkins, the Eagles were also ranked among the NAIA's top 25 teams for a 33-week period.
Playing Career: A four-year starter in goal for Concordia (2000-04), Hopkins was twice named as an NAIA All-American and helped lead the program to its first appearance in the NAIA National Championship tournament in 2003. Hopkins departed Concordia as the program's career leader in victories, ranked second in goals-against average and shutouts and fourth in saves. In 2010, Hopkins was inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame.
Hopkins graduated from Concordia in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in political science and obtained a master's degree in athletic administration in 2008. Hopkins also holds a USSF A license and a USSF National Goalkeeping License.
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