Javier as a player:
Javier is a local Bay Area native who grew up in East Palo Alto, California. He comes from a family that has a deep passion for the game of soccer so excelling in the sport came natural to him. Javier played for Northern California teams in Menlo Park and Palo Alto and participated in State and Regional ODP programs throughout his youth career. He was recruited to play soccer at UC Berkeley under Kevin Grimes from 2004-2007. Throughout his college career he made the NCAA Tournament all 4 years, two 2nd round appearances, one Sweet 16 appearance and one Elite 8 appearance. Javier and the Golden Bears won the PAC-10 Championship in 2006 and 2007. They were a top 25 program all 4 years. In Javier’s Professional Soccer experience, he had training stints with Chivas USA (MLS), San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Sporting Kansas City SKC (MLS). Javier also had the experience to play in several countries at a professional and semi-professional level, Bayamon FC (Puerto Rico), TTM (Thai Premier League) and Luckenwalde FSV 63 (Germany). Toward the end of his playing career he played with semi-professional teams in the Bay Area, Bay Area Ambassadors (NPSL) and Bay Area Rosal (MASL).
Javier as a coach:
Javier Ayala-Hil was named SF State's head men's soccer coach in August 2016. In his second season at the helm, Ayala-Hil led the 2017 squad to a 12-5-2 mark and was named CCAA Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. The Gators matched the program's best start in school history with a 5-0 start and, on the final day of the regular season, clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 1978. SF State won its quarterfinals match 1-0 at No. 13 UC San Diego and fell to Cal Poly Pomona in the CCAA Championships Semifinals. Prior to coaching at SF State, Javier was a Head Assistant at UC Berkeley for 3 seasons.