Redlands coach reaches milestone

For veteran coaches, the wins probably all run together. But University of Redlands men’s soccer coach Ralph Perez hit a milestone when the Bulldogs upended Chapman 3-1 earlier this week.

It marked the 300th win for Perez, who is rounding out his 39th year of coaching and eighth year directing the Bulldogs. He has headed a college squad for 26 of those seasons. He is 111-30-13 at Redlands.

In his eight years at Redlands Perez has led the Bulldogs to five SCIAC regular-season championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2007, the Bulldogs advanced all the way to the Elite 8, while in 2011, he guided the U of R to a perfect 14-0-0 record in conference play en route to a trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAAs Championships.

This year’s Bulldogs are 11-4-0, 11-4-0 SCIAC. They return to the pitch on Saturday for its final regular-season contest against Pomona-Pitzer (8-10-1, 7-7-1 SCIAC). Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.