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NICK DODD

Director of Coaching
Coach for Boys 2010, Boys 2009, Girls 2009
n.l.d@me.com
619-988-8010

Coaching Experience

Winner of NIKE Award, 2013 CalSouth "Developmental Coach of the Year"

 Playing Career
Nick started his soccer career with professional club, Swindon Town in England as a Professional Youth Apprentice, making appearances in the FA Youth Cup against the likes of Wayne Rooney and Keiran Richardson. His biggest youth match was in a semi-final against West Ham United in the Milk Cup in Ireland.

He also played for Cirencester Football Academy which were E.S.F.A National College Trophy Champions in 2002. Nick was selected to the final player pool for the ECFA (English Colleges Football Association). After various non-league club appearances in England (making appearances in the FA Cup), Nick moved to the US to pursue his education and soccer, attending Louisburg College in North Carolina which included a NSCAA #1 National Ranking in 2007. He was named to All-Region Teams gaining a National Honorable Mention.

Nick transferred to NCAA DI California State University-Fullerton obtaining his Bachelors in Business Communication, followed by PDL and USL appearances, and more recently semi-professional leagues in Southern California. Nick was also invited to participate in the 2012 USA National Futsal Camp after impressing on his Futsal team, winning the league three seasons in a row.

 Coaching Experience
Nick holds his USSF National “C” License (pursuing his “B” in 2019), 
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, US Soccer National Youth License and English FA Coaching Badges

Youth Director at Newport Mesa SC, Men’s Assistant Coach at NCAA DIII Chapman University, NAIA Hope International University, and a community coach with LA Galaxy Youth Academy

GEO HERNANDEZ

G2006, G2003, G2009 & Goalkeeper Trainer
714-909-5535
GEOSOCCER83@GMAIL.COM

Playing Experience
Grew up playing club soccer in SoCal
Played and attended Hope International University (NAIA)

Played professionally in Mexico for Puebla FC (2nd Division)
Played professionally for 2 years in the US in 3rd division and NPSL Currently playing for amateur team PSA Elite

Coaching Experience
2013-2016 Goalkeeper Trainer @ South Coast Strikers
Head coach for 02 boys
Head coach for 01-00 girls
2012-Present
Goalkeeper Trainer for both boys and girls program @ Huntington Beach High School
Head assistant boys varsity coach, Huntington Beach HS
2014-Present
Goalkeeper Trainer for all youth goalkeepers  and Academy Boys @ Irvine Strikers
2016-Present
Coach for G01 & G00 EGSL teams @Strikers OC
2016-Present
Goalkeeper Trainer and assistant coach for  Women's team...
Pacific FC (WPSL)
2016-Present
Player/Coach  for PDL Team FC Golden State Force
International Experience
2014 Milk Cup (Northern Ireland)
Goalkeeper Trainer
Assistant Coach
2015 Milk Cup (Northern Ireland)
Goalkeeper Trainer
Assistant Coach
2015 Lennart Johansson Academy Tournament (Sweden)
Head Coach
2015 Cordial Cup (Austria)
Goalkeeper Trainer
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GUS GOMEZ

714-813-8229
gus@newportmesasoccer.com

Girls 2003 Flight 1

Boys 2007 Pre-Academy Flight 1

Boys 2005 Flight 3



 

 

Coaching Experience

Club Coaching Experience

USSF “D” Coaching License
Strikers Newport Mesa 2015 - Present
Pateadores Soccer Club (Costa Mesa/Mission Viejo) 2007-2014
Pateadores Futsal Coordinator 2013-2014
ASC Express (Anaheim) 2002-2006

High School Coaching Experience

Costa Mesa HS Girls Varsity Asst. Coach  2015-Present
Costa Mesa MS Girls 7/8 Head Coach 2016-Present
Buena Park HS Boys Varsity Asst. Coach 2009-2011

Coaching Highlights-

Pateadores Boys 98/99 Asst. Coach – 2011 Region IV Champions, 2013 Region IV Champions, 2013 USYSA National Champions
Buena Park HS Boys – 2010/2011 Freeway League Champions
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THOMAS "TC" vALENTINE

GIRLS 2005

714-473-0386
TC.VALENTINE@YAHOO.COM
 

Player Experience:

  • 1992- Sport Verein Biblis, Nordheim, Germany, Oberlega
  • 1992- Reading, England, Reading, England, Second Division
  • 1987-1992– Cal State Fullerton, NCAA Division I, four-year letterman, scholarship-athlete (Al Mistri, coach)
  • 1984-1987 – Olympic Development State Select team (Sigi Schmidt, Coach)

Coaching Experience:

  • 2013-16 - Strikers FC, Irvine U9, U10, U11 boys and U12 girls
  • 2007 – USC, volunteer assistant, women’s soccer
  • 2006 – CSU Fullerton, volunteer assistant, women’s soccer
  • 1992-1998 – JUSA Gotcha U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, and U16, boys
  • 1987-1992  - Titan Soccer School, Youth Summer Soccer Camp, boys and girls

Highlights:

  • USSF “D” license holder and Risk Management Certified
  • Coerver Coaching  Diploma 1 & 2
  • Sport Psychology Consultant
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SERGIO SUAREZ

Boys 2005 Trainer

714-904-5971
sergiosuarez4u@yahoo.com
 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

1993-Pro player,  LOS ANGELES COBRAS
1995-Pro player,  LOS ANGELES SALSA
1996-Pro player,  PUEBLA,  MEXICO
1997-Pro player,  LEON,  MEXICO

COACHING EXPERIENCE

USSF National “D” License, National Youth License.  
NFHS and NSCAA Fundamentals of Coaching Soccer Certification; NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Certification

AYSO R120-Extra, Coach 2014-2016

'91-'92 Rancho Alamitos HS VARSITY Boys & Girls, Head Coach   Took team to championship seasons. Developed several players that went on to play at the college level.
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JOSE DUARTE

Boys 2007
Boys 2008 Pre-Academy

714-343-4821
CoachJoseDuarte@Outlook.com

 

"10 years from now don’t ask me how many Championships our B2007 Team won. Instead, ask me what Universities are your players going to attend in fulfillment of their Soccer careers! "

USSF “D” Coaching License

PLAYING CAREER:

  • Grew up playing Soccer in the Latino Leagues in Chicago
  • 1984 - 1988 Scholarship Soccer Player at Lewis University, IL

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • USSF National “D” License
  • 2016 – Present: Strikers Staff Coach – Boys Youngers
  • 2005 – 2009: Pateadores Staff Coach - Boys
  • 1999 – 2005: Slammers Staff Coach - Girls Olders
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BEN JONES

Boys 2008
Boys 2009
714-510-4499
benjones2233@gmail.com

 

USSF "E" LICENSE

10+ years coaching experience in England

Proud Tottenham Hotspur supporter

 

GREG PATENAUDE

GOALKEEPER COACH
gpatenau@uci.edu

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Goalkeeper coach for Folsom High School
Goalkeeper camp instructor for Yavapai College
Goalkeeper Coach for UC Irvine Soccer Camps
 
Playing History:
 
 Played for San Juan Academy
Yavapai Junior College
Currently Playing for UC Irvine
Pursuing a degree in Political Science


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Walter Olmedo

Boys 2005
Boys 2001
714-398-7714
coachwalter@yahoo.com

Coaching Experience

USSF “D” Coaching License

10 year coaching youth programs
5 years coaching extra, section champions 2015 & 2016
State Champions 2015 and 2016
Goalkeeping special development progra
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ARMANDO GANDARA

Boys 2006
Boys 2007
949-891-3950
boys2007soccer@gmail.com

USSF "D" LICENSE

CARINA TABOADA

Girls 2008

Youth Academy Trainer
carina@newportmesasoccer.com

 

USSF “D” Coaching License

2013-present:  coaching youth programs
2015-present:  coaching club teams: G2002 & G2008
Youth academy program coach for 6 years
League Champion Finalist with G2002
League Championship Finalist 2016
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HECTOR JIMENEZ

Boys 2002 (Asst. Coach)

Boys 2003


714-833-7599
hjimenez@modifiedplastics.com

Experience/Qualifications

• USSF National “D” License

Strikers FC Newport Mesa 2015 – Present B02 Assistant Coach

• 20+ years coaching experience 

• Coach '02 Boys Strikers-Newport Mesa

• PSC Head Coach B03 & G02 — 2013-2015

• Santa Ana FC Head Coach G03, B04, B05 & B06 — 2011-2013

Playing Experience

Clubs and developmental programs, Mexico City

 

 

Chris Granados

Girls 2008
714-270-7393
barbados12@hotmail.com

USSF “D” Coaching License

2017 – Present: Strikers Coach – Girls 2008

2008-2016 Irvine Slammers Recreation Coach

Player Experience

Played with various youth clubs but mainly San Diego Soccer Club.

University of San Diego HS

CIF Div III Champions 1993, Runner Up 1995

All CIF Team 94/95 season

California State Pool - Olympic Development Program 1990-1994

WESTMONT COLLEGE

GSAC - Golden State Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion 1995,1998

GSAC - Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

1995,1997,1998

NAIA National Championship Participant 1995,1997,1998

Westmont College BA Kinesiology '99

Cesar Onofre

Boys 2007-Red

Boys 2007-White


Ceonofre13@yahoo.com

USSF "D" LICENSE

NFHS Coaches Education Program 

PLAYING CAREER 

. Grew up playing neighborhood Teams and  
Club Soccer in SoCal

COACHING EXPERIENCE 
10 years of High School Coaching 
Century HS Boys Varsity Asst. Coach 1996 - 2005
Godinez HS Boys Varsity Asst. Coach 2007 -2008
3 years of Coaching Club Teams

COACHING HIGHLIGHTS 

Century High School - 7 League Champions 
Century High School - 3 CIF semi finals


 

TERRANCE C. GUNNELLS

Boys 2005

Girls 2005
tgunnells151719@gmail.com

USSF "A" LICENSE

MLS-Colorado Rapids