ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon men's soccer head coach Josh Laux has announced the hiring of Alex Ortega to his staff. Ortega began his duties at the beginning of August.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Coach Laux and the athletic department here at Randolph-Macon," Ortega said. "R-MC has had continued success in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and I'm excited to be joining a winning culture. I can't wait to meet the guys and get going!"
"I'm very excited to add Alex to our staff," Laux said. "Alex has a tremendous work ethic and a real desire to be a head coach. His passion for the game combined with his commitment to the overall experience of our guys is impressive. I'm looking forward to working with him and seeing him strive to continue to push our program forward."
Ortega joins the Yellow Jackets after one season at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. During his tenure with the Cougars, the team led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for goals, assists and points. Clark's 3.06 goals-per-game were a Top 15 mark in the nation.
Before Clark, Ortega served as the assistant men's soccer coach for three seasons at his alma mater Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. While with the Chargers, Ortega was part of a staff which consistently won more than ten games a season and had stellar North Atlantic Conference records. Colby-Sawyer's offense was ranked in the Top 4 in the NAC during his tenure.
In the club ranks, Ortega has experience with the New England Futbol Club in Massachusetts and with Lightning Soccer Club in New Hampshire. His NEFC U14 boy's team won the New England Premiership last fall. Ortega coached all levels from U14 to U17 while with Lightning Soccer Club.
Ortega graduated from Colby-Sawyer in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. While with the Chargers, he was named All-Conference as a junior and senior and served as a team captain in his senior year. He played in all 80 games across his career, including 62 starts. He finished his career in the Chargers record book with the second-most points (72), second-most goals (28) and fourth-most assists (16) in program history. He ranked 27th in the nation for game-winning goals in his senior year, collecting five on the season.
Ortega also holds experience in coaching basketball, having served as an assistant coach with the women's team at Colby-Sawyer for three seasons as well as with the boy's varsity basketball team at the Tilton School, where he coached several Division I players, including a 2019 NBA Draft pick. Ortega assumes the role last held by R-MC program alum Andrew Schaefer, who continues coaching at Wheaton (Mass.) College.
Ortega is a native of Milton, Vermont.
All Photos courtesy John Quackenbos/Colby-Sawyer Athletics