By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
UCLA Bruins men’s soccer head coach Jorge Salcedo has resigned on Thursday. His name is involved in the college admissions scandal that has rocked colleges recently.
He allegedly accepted bribes of $200,000 in order to help enroll two players, who had fake athletic profiles. Salcedo had been on leave for the past week before his resignation.
The 46-year-old Cerritos, California native has been the school’s head coach since the 2004 season. In the college admissions scandal, he was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering after getting one female and one mail student in the school.
He got them in to the prestigious school under the pretense that those two were soccer players. However, they did not play the sport at all.
Lauren Isackson, who was part of the 2017 women’s soccer team, was one of the two individuals. Her parents were part of the scheme that helped privileged families to get their children into top universities.
The former soccer coach allegedly accepted a $100,000 payment for Isackson’s admission from William Rick Singer, the founder of a Newport Beach-based college prep business, the Edge and Career Network, according to the Los Angeles Times. Singer’s business created fake profiles for the students.
He is one of nine coaches, who are in trouble from this scandal. The other includes Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith, Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernest, USC women’s soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic, Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center, and Wake Forest volleyball William Ferguson.
In addition, USC Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel is also tied to the investigation.
Before being the Bruins head coach, he spent three seasons as a UCLA assistant coach. He also attended UCLA from 1990 through 1993.
As the Bruins leader, he has gone 182-89-42 with six conference championships and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.