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COACH NICK DODD

NICK DODD

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

Phone: 619-988-8010


Coaching Experience

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

Nick holds his USSF National “C” License (pursuing his “B” in 2020), 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

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

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.



COACH TERRANCE GUNNELLS

TERRANCE GUNNELLS

COACH

Teams



COACHING EXPERIENCE

USSF "A" LICENSE

MLS-Colorado Rapids

 

Playing experience


COACH GEO HERNANDEZ

GEO HERNANDEZ

COACH

Phone: 714-909-5535


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

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


COACH GUS GOMEZ

GUS GOMEZ

COACH

Phone: 714-813-8229


Coaching Experience

Club Coaching Experience

USSF “D” Coaching License
Strikers FC NM 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 Boys Varsity Head Coach 2018-Present

Costa Mesa HS Girls Varsity Asst. Coach  2015-2017

Buena Park HS Boys Varsity Asst. Coach 2009-2011

 

Coaching Highlights

Surf Cup Champions 2007 Age Group - 2018                       

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

Playing experience


COACH SERGIO SUAREZ

SERGIO SUAREZ

COACH

Phone: 714-904-5971

Teams


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.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

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


COACH JOSE DUARTE

JOSE DUARTE

COACH

Phone: 714-343-4821


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

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

Grew up playing Soccer in the Latino Leagues in Chicago

1984 - 1988 Scholarship Soccer Player at Lewis University, IL


COACH BEN JONES

BEN JONES

COACH

Phone: 714-510-4499

TEAMS


COACHING EXPERIENCE

USSF "E" LICENSE

10+ years coaching experience in England

Proud Tottenham Hotspur supporter

Playing experience


COACH WALTER OLMEDA

WALTER OLMEDA

COACH

Phone: 714-398-7714

Teams


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 program

Playing experience


COACH ARMANDO GANDARA

ARMANDO GANDARA

COACH

Phone: 949-891-3950

TEAMS


COACHING EXPERIENCE

USSF "D" LICENSE

Playing experience


COACH RAY HAN

RAY HAN

COACH

Phone: 949-838-4593

TEAMS


COACHING EXPERIENCE

Another former Strikers FC youth player, Ray Han enters his third season as a member of the coaching staff at Strikers FC. He also has experience coaching at the High School level for Irvine High School, where he was a 4-year varsity member and All-League and All-County award recipient.

Playing experience

Ray has extensive firsthand playing experience as a youth club soccer player, participating and winning numerous prestigious tournaments and events, including Surf Cup, Cal South State, Regional, and National Cup.

Ray went on to play for the NCAA Division 1 soccer program at Cal State University Fullerton and briefly played professionally in the Second Division throughout Asia before retiring due to various injuries. 


COACH HECTOR JIMENEZ

HECTOR JIMENEZ

COACH

Phone: 714-833-7599

TEAMS


COACHING EXPERIENCE

• 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


COACH CHRIS GRANADOS

CHRIS GRANADOS

COACH

Phone: 714-270-7393

TEAMS


COACHING EXPERIENCE

Westmont College BA Kinesiology '99

USSF “D” Coaching License

2017 – Present: Strikers Coach – Girls 2008

2008-2016 Irvine Slammers Recreation Coach

Playing 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


COACH CESAR ONOFRE

CESAR ONOFRE

COACH

Phone: 714-390-7414


COACHING EXPERIENCE

USSF "D" LICENSE

NFHS Coaches Education Program 

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

HIGHLIGHTS 

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

 

Playing experience

Grew up playing neighborhood Teams and  Club Soccer in SoCal
 


COACH JIMMY MATTHEWS

JIMMY MATTHEWS

COACH

Phone: 562-583-4028

TEAMS


COACHING EXPERIENCE

Currently the Head Varsity coach for Costa Mesa High school

Bachelors Degree in Sports Coaching and Education 

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma 

FA Level 2 and FA youth modules 1&2

US Soccer ‘D’ License (Pending)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

Born: Slough, England

Jimmy grew up playing around the semi-professional non-league set up for youth teams such as Worcester city and Kidderminster Harriers who had some good runs in the FA youth cup alongside some first-team appearances. 

Before playing semi-professional, Jimmy was at Worcester City Academy who played in the ESFA National college leagues. After graduation, he made his move to the US to coach full time in Sacramento at Rocklin Youth soccer club. 

After spending 3 years in NorCal, he now resides in Huntington Beach with his wife and 2 dogs.