Directors of Coaching

The Directors of Coaching are the core developmental team at San Diego Soccer Club.  It is their vision and drive that has made the merger of two great clubs possible.  They all share the same philosophy of developing the best soccer players in Southern California and developing an exceptional coaching staff.  The combined efforts of these coaches and their staff continues to build on the success of our club.  Their knowledge and expertise is unparalleled.


Seamus McFadden - Director of Coaching: Older Boys
USSF "B" License

Coaching Experience: 30 years of club coaching experience, PQ Premier - 10 years, PQ Premier Technical Director - 3 years, University of San Diego Men’s Head Coach - 27 years, Former ODP Coach in California and Hawaii

Playing Experience: Selected All-American - San Diego State University, San Diego Jaws - NASL

Accomplishments & Awards:  Under Seamus’ direction, the USD teams have won six WCC Championships including 2012, had five Final 16 appearances and one trip to the National Division I Final in 1992. He was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year a record eight times most recently in 2012. In 2011 , he coached the SDSC Boys U18 Team to the National Championships.


Brian Quinn - Director of Coaching: Younger Boys
USSF "A" License

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Quinn has many years of both playing and coaching at the highest level. In addition to coaching SDSC Competitive Boy’s teams, Brian is also an assistant Coach for University of San Diego men’s soccer team and Girls Varsity Coach at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. He is also the Technical Director for adidas’ Elite Soccer Program that showcases the best U-16/17 Boys players in the US at their annual week long camp.

Coaching Experience: Coached the San Diego Sockers in the CISL 1995-96. 1997-99 coached the San Jose (Clash) Earthquakes of the Major League Soccer. Came back for a second term with the San Diego Sockers from 2000-04 in the MISL. Former Director of Coaching of Poway Youth Soccer Club (1991-94). 

Playing Experience: A distinguished 15 year professional career. 1978-79 Larne (Irish League), 1979-81 Everton (English Premier League), 1981 Los Angeles Aztecs (NASL), 1982-83 Montreal Manic, Canada (NASL), 1983-91 San Diego Sockers (NASL, MISL) 1987 Hamilton Steelers (CSL). Recorded 48 Caps with the United States Men’s National Team from 1991-94.

Accomplishments & Awards: 8 time Champion with the San Diego Sockers, 8 time All-Star, 4th All Time scorer in Sockers history, 2nd All Time Playoff Scorer, 2 Time MVP in Playoff Championship Series (1986 & 1990), 1991 Gold Cup Winner - US National Team, 1992 US Cup Winner - US National Team, 1997 Youngest Coach in Major League Soccer History, Co-host of "Inside Soccer" Internet Radio Show.
Personal Soccer Highlights: Played against childhood soccer idol - George Best. Scored 2 goals in N.A.S.L. Playoffs against New York Cosmos. Captained US National Team vs. Ireland at Landsdowne Rd., Dublin, Ireland. IN 2012 Elected to the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame, and 2012 nominatee to the US Soccer Hall of Fame.


Raffi Ruotolo - Director of Coaching: Older Girls

Raffi brings over 25 years of soccer experience, from a soccer professional player to coaching Jr College, High School, ODP and Club Soccer. Raffi has dedicated many years developing outstanding players. Many of them have gone and played soccer at high levels, from Div I Colleges to National Team. 

Coaching Philosophy: Help each player attain individual skill and experience necessary to play at NCAA Division I level and above. Prepare the team to compete at the National level; teach the players team strategy. Instill qualities that each player will need in any environment: (a) Pride, self-confidence and self-esteem; (b) Taking responsibility for actions and performance; (c) self-discipline; and (d) Sportsmanship, cooperation and sacrifice for team benefit, not the individual’s. Winning is not the first priority, until State and Nationals. Players learn most from losing, not winning. Making mistakes is one of the most important tools to achieve success. We will try to win every game, but as long as each game is a learning experience, it is a victory.

Coaching Experience: 1984-1995 Crusader Soccer Club: Director of Coaching, oversaw 30 teams for coaching curriculum, directions and club philosophy. 1987-1991: Clavijo-Ruotolo Soccer Camps President/Director. 1994-1995: San Diego City College Women’s Head Coach, 1990-1998: Patrick Henry High School Girls Varsity Coach. 1998-2010: Rancho Bernardo High School Girls Varsity Coach (Reached CIF playoffs every year!). 1995-present: SDSC girls director.

Professional Playing Experience: Italy – 1981: Member of Casalnuovo Team of the Italian Fourth Division at the age of 16, youngest team member to be pulled up to the first team. 1982-1984: Member of the World Famous Napoli of the Italian Serie A Youth Team. USA – 1984-1988: Member of the San Diego Sockers in the NASL and MISL. At the age of 17, the youngest player in the history of the Sockers to sign a contract. Won three World Championships with the San Diego Sockers. 1993: Joined the LA United of the CISL, team leading scorer with 33 points. 1994: Joined the Anaheim Splash (CISL). Finished second on the Splash and second in the CISL Western Division in scoring, with 31 goals and 37 assists. Ranked 8th in the league in scoring. Named to All-CISL Honorable Mention Team. Recorded at least one assist in 31 consecutive games, breaking NASL, MISL and CISL record to date. 1995: Anaheim Splash Team and Western Division Leading scorer with 57 points. Finished sixth in the league in assist with 32 and 14th in points with 57. Finished second overall for power-play goals with 12. 1996: Anaheim Splash PreSeason Tournament MVP. 1997: Member of the United States National Beach Soccer Team, ranked #2 in the world. All time leading goal scorer. 1997: Member of the United States Indoor National Team. Finished second in Mexico City World Championship. Leading goal scorer.


Peter Stogsdill - Director of Coaching: Younger Girls
USSF "B" License
SDSC Coach since 2010

Peter has been coaching club and high school soccer for over 30 years. As a club soccer coach he has won 4 CalSouth State Championships, Surf Cup, a CRL league title, taken a team to 2 quarter final finishes at Far West Regionals and has qualified 2 teams for National League. As a high school coach he led Mira Mesa High School for 15 years and won a CIF Championship with them in 2001. For the last 16 years he has been in charge of Westview High School where he has led them to 6 CIF Championships, 3 CIF Finalists, 1 State Finalist, and 1 CIF Championship.

Favorite soccer moment: when Westview scored a goal in overtime to beat Torrey Pines and advance to the State Championship game.

Boys & Girls Coaches

(alphabetical by last name)


Andy Bolin
USSF “C” License
SDSC coach since 2016

Andy has been coaching since 2013. He played college at Colorado State at Pueblo (Division 2). He coached for Arsenal for 3 years before coaching for SDSC. Andy is the Varsity Soccer Coach at Mt. Carmel High School since 2013. His coaching philosophy is to make every touch, pass, and shot your best touch. Never take a moment off.

Favorite soccer moment: scoring the winning penalty kick to win Surf Cup as a player.

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Kevin Brown
USSF “E” License
SDSC coach since 2014

Kevin has been coaching for competitive clubs for over 20 yrs now. He has coached with the Del Mar Sharks and for RSF Attack. He has also been JV & Varsity Coach at Torrey Pines High School, and an assistant coach at Mesa Jr College. He played in high school at Poway High and then onto Mesa College for 2 years and then finished his college career at PLNU. After college he continued his playing career and played a couple seasons for the San Diego Flash and the Riverside Elite.

Favorite soccer moment: playing against Professional teams in Africa while still in college.


Stephen Camara
USSF “E” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Steve has over 12 years of youth coaching experience. He has been coaching for SDSC since it was established in 2010. He has primarily worked with the girls younger age groups. Steve's philosophy is to have fun and work hard individually so that our team can be as good as it possibly can be together.

Favorite soccer moment: watching his son win the National championship in 2013 and youngest daughter beating Surf to win State Cup in 2010. Both doing so while playing for SDSC.


Sergio Castillo
USSF "C" License
SDSC coach since 2018

Coach Sergio has been coaching since 2011. He attended Orange Glen High School. After graduating from Orange Glen, he accepted a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at Creighton University (Div.1). In 2011, Sergio was selected by Houston Dynamos in the second round of the MLS Draft. Sergio’s goal is to help players achieve their own full potential. He teaches teamwork and love for the game. Sergio encourages his players to have positive attitudes and good sportsmanship, and uses positive coaching to educate and prepare his players for future life lessons.

Favorite soccer moment: playing vs. U-23 United States National Team.


Gary Collier
USSF “B” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Gary played soccer professionally for 17 years (including Portland Timbers, San Diego Sockers, Kansas City Comets, and Chicago Sting). He has over 28 years of youth coaching experience for San Diego area soccer clubs, including Surf, Attack and SDSC.

Favorite soccer moment: watching his 4 boys playing soccer.

Leo Connell
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Leo has over 25 years of coaching experience in the San Diego area. He had played at the collegiate level and with the USAF team in Plattsburgh, NY. While continuously coaching at the club level he had also coached at San Pasqual HS for several years. Leo's coaching philosophy isn't just geared towards tapping into an individuals soccer potential, but also to learn to work as team member and a contributor to the team's goal. In that, is the art of teaching young people to be good citizens, contributors to society and a philosophy modeled after John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

Favorite soccer moment: Ireland making the quarter final of the 1990 World Cup.


Mark Connelly
USSF “B” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Mark has 12 years of elite coaching experience at the youth level and is the coaching prodigy of San Diego Sockers Legend Brian Quinn. Mark grew up in Warrenton, VA and played Division 1 college soccer at Longwood University where he was a 4 year starter with a promising professional career prior to a devastating knee injury in the fall of his senior year. Mark's teams are renowned over Southern California for playing a possession based attacking style, with a Barcelona flair and an Atletico Madrid defensive mentality.

Favorite soccer moment: the day he helped your child find their next level.


Martin Coughlin
USSF “D" License
SDSC coach since 2017

Martin has over 20 years of club and high school coaching experience. He is the current Westview High School men's head soccer coach and also a teacher there (since 2002). An SDSC coach since 2017, he also has coached for RSF Attack (6 years), PQ Premier (13 years), and Rancho Bernardo High School (5 years as assistant coach). Martin played for the Glasgow Celtic FC 1994-1997, RB High School 1991-1994, Nomads Soccer Club 1992-1993, San Diego Hornets 1988-1992, and Pegasus 1993-1994.

Favorite soccer moment: playing for Glasgow Celtic in the 1995 Glasgow Cup final versus the Rangers.


Kenny Daum
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2000

Kenny has been coaching competitive soccer since 1993. He coached at Poway Vaqueros for 7 years then joined RB Renegades/FC San Diego (now SDSC). He has coached at all levels from U7 to U16 both boys and girls teams. He has coached at the Freshman and JV level of high school at Rancho Bernardo, Poway and Orange Glen High Schools. Kenny spent time playing with the Sockers Reserve team, the semi-pro San Diego Blaze, Palomar College and San Pasqual High School. He was selected All Conference for 2 years at Palomar College and gained All CIF honors at San Pasqual High School.

Faovirte soccer moment: when Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach scored the game winning goal in the World Cup in the final seconds of the game.


John Domingo
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2015

John has over 22 years coaching experience. He played for USIU in San Diego for 4 years. He started his coaching experience at Kearny High School and Crusaders Soccer Club. Recently, he coached at Orange Glen High, and as the varsity he contributed to several league tittles and the school's first CIF title. John has some international experience taking a team to Harlem cup in Holland advancing to the finals. John's philosophy is to have a lot of fun while learning. He believes in the family concept and having positive relationships among players. Team, attitude, discipline and effort are everything.

Favorite soccer moment: scoring a scissor kick on a 40 yard cross; and watching Maradona vs England in the World Cup in 1986.


Christine Drummond

Bio coming soon.


Chuck Eaton
USSF “C” License
SDSC coach since 2017

Chuck started coaching in 2010 for the boys varsity team at Del Norte High School. He coached 2 years at SDFC, 3 years for 4S Avengers, and 4 years at Arsenal San Diego, where he won numerous league titles and tournament championships. Chuck was named younger boys coach of the year in his first season at SDSC. He has a Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma, US Youth Futsal National Level 3 License and a USSF D License. He grew up in San Diego playing for Poway Vaqueros, SDSC Pegasus & La Jolla Nomads, ODP District 2 and State. He was Poway High School Varsity Captain & All Palomar League in 1997.

Favorite soccer moment: in 2018 when Del Norte Boys Varsity won their first Palomar League, won back-to-back Division titles and won the CIF SoCal Regional Championship.


Kelly Erin
USSF “E” License

Coaching Experience: Coaching competitive youth soccer for over 20 years, Co-Founded Tivoli FC in Prescott AZ, Ramona High JV Coach 2 yrs, Bradshaw Mtn High School Women's Varsity Coach 2 yrs

Playing Experience: Indoor & Outdoor

Accomplishments & Awards: Coached many players both girls and boys to play at the next level, Many League and Tournament Championships


Cristian Escalera
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2015

Cristian has over 18 years youth coaching experience. He played professionally at Inter de Tijuana 1 (Division A) for 6 years, San Diego Flas A league for 2 years, L.A Salsa U19, L.A Salsa Semi pro, and did 2 pre-seasons with L.A Galaxy. He coached at Hoover High School for 5 years. Cristian's soccer philosophy is work hard and be the best.

Favorite soccer moment: when he scored his first professional goal.


Oscar Eusebio
USSF “D” License & Futsal Level 1 License
SDSC coach since 2010

Oscar has over 15 years coaching experience, including FC Heat (Escondido Impact), FCSD, and SDSC. In addition, he has coached Rancho Bernardo High School girls freshmen soccer, and served as director for SDSC’s TOPSoccer program. Oscar also created a futsal program with the City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation department at Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center since July 2017. His coaching philosophy incorporates a holistic approach in developing players who look at soccer and life with gratitude and mindfulness.

Favorite soccer moment: watching his children kick a soccer ball for the first time.


Jim Flowers
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2000

Jim began his coaching career while still in high school. He played in the NPSL for the Wichita Wings. Highlight was playing in the World Championships in Rome in 2014 and representing the USA. Jim's coaching philosophy is that every child can be a player if they are willing to work for it; his job is to show them the way and build a love for the game to last forever.

Favorite soccer moment: winning the National Championship in Kansas City in 2013 against a team deemed unbeatable, for a spot in the 2014 World Championships in Rome.


Al Foster
USSF “D” License, USSF National Goal Keeping Diploma, & Futsal Level 1 License
SDSC coach since 2014

Al has over 19 years youth coaching experience at all club levels. He played 4 years club soccer and 3 years high school varsity soccer.  His coaching philosophy is to always show good sportsmanship, and for continued growth of his team, on and off the field.

Favorite soccer moment: coaching a team from AA-B to Premier.


Marino Garcia
USSF “D” License

Coaching Experience: 11 Years Coaching Competitive Youth Soccer, RB Renegades, FC San Diego

Playing Experience: Poway High Varsity 3 Years, 1994-1995 Coyotes Cuautitlan Necaxa (Mexico 2nd Division), 1995-1998 Coyotes Cuautitlan Necaxa (Mexico 1st Division), Played Soccer for 30 years

Accomplishments & Awards: CIF Champion 1994, Played for Pegasus U18 as a 15 year old, Champions Pegasus Cup, Champions HotSpurs Cup, Champions Presidents Cup


Josh Gerlt
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2015

Josh coached 3 years as a PQ/RB recreational coach, for SDSC as an U11/U12 assistant coach, and 3 years for FitKids Soccer (ages 5-9). His playing experience includes 9+ years as a youth competitive player (Kansas City, MO) and 4 years of high school soccer as goalkeeper/defender (St Louis, MO). He has his Associates Degree in Golf Course Operations & Management and is a Low Medalist PGA Player Ability Test, 10+ years PGA Apprentice - 2nd Assistant Golf Professional Private Facility San Diego, CA.

Favorite soccer moment: watching the 2006 World Cup with teammates from his childhood.


Ralph Ginese
USSF “B” License & USSF "Y" License
SDSC coach since 2011

Ralph played soccer for LeMoyne College (D2), internationally in Holland, and domestic in amateur and semi-pro games. He has over 20 years coaching experience at all levels. His coaching philosophy is to develop skills and technical mastery while learning tactical components of the beautiful game, as well as assist in the development of a well rounded, positive influence in the community.

Favorite soccer moment: playing in Australia at age 15, and an invitation to play against the Colombian National Team.


Mark Green
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Mark has been coaching at SDSC since its beginning in 2010, and coached at PQ Premier prior to that. He has been the head varsity boys soccer coach at Mt. Carmel High School since 1999. Mark is also a teacher at Mt. Carmel, which influences his coaching goal of a balance between competitive drive, sportsmanship, learning, and fun.

Favorite soccer moment: Mt. Carmel beating #1 seed Westview in the playoffs on a golden goal in extra time.

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Modestino Guariniello
USSF "D" License, UK FA Level 1 and Futsal Level 1 Licenses
SDSC coach since 2015

Modestino has over 30 years of coaching experience throughout Italy, Germany and the US. He has coached all different ages, from youth to adult teams. He coached 7 years high school soccer in Naples, Italy, and is the founder of American Soccer Club (Naples Italy). Modestino was the director of coaching for Old Dominion Football Club (Va) and a player/coach in a nato league, with teams from England, Germany, Spain and Greece. He has playing experience and various championships in Italy, Germany and the USA. 

Favorite soccer moment: every moment that he coaches is his favorite moment.


Tim Hughes
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2012

Tim has over 40 years youth coaching experience. He played for the University of Scranton, and played Semi-Pro in Philadelphia. He has high school coaching experience at Westview. Tim's coaching philosophy is to develop skillful players who are comfortable with the ball at their feet; teach the team concepts in support of age appropriate learning; develop the physical, mental, and psychological capability of each player; and encourage players through "catch them being good" feedback.

Favorite soccer moment: My favorite soccer moment ever was playing in the Division III National Championships two years in a row.


Aaron Jaffe
USSF “C” License

Coaching Experience: CalSouth Goalkeeping Certificate, CalSouth YM1 & YM3NFHS Soccer Coaching Certificate, San Diego Soccer Club (2010 – present), San Diego City College Women’s Assistant - Goalkeepers (2013 – present), PQ Premier (2008-2010), Del Norte High School Boy’s Freshmen (2009-2010), Mira Mesa High School Girl’s Varsity Assistant (2011-2013), San Diego Soccer Club TOPSoccer (2012-present)

Playing Experience: 5 years competitive as a youth

Education: B.A. Mass Media, Minor History - CSU San Marcos

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Michael Lopez
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Michael has over 20 years of club coaching experience. He played for Palomar College and Chico State University and a couple of seasons in the USISL. He coached at Westview High School, and was assistant coach for the Mesa College women's program for several years before becoming the head coach for the Mesa College men's program from 2013-2017. His coaching philosophy focuses on building team chemistry and good habit-forming both technically and tactically.

Favorite soccer moment: Zidane's performance in the 1998 World Cup Final.


Conor McFadden
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2013

Conor has been coaching since 2012, after finishing his college career at the University of San Diego as a 4 year starter. He is currently the Rancho Bernardo assistant varsity coach.

Favorite soccer moment: winning the West Coast Conference twice and scoring in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Division 1 tournament.


Al Mendoza
US Soccer “D” License
SDSC coach since 2015

Al has over 5 years youth coaching experience. He has coached at various area programs including Escondido Rec, RB Rec, RB All Stars and PQ All Stars. Al's coaching philosophy is to develop strong technical skills and a love for the game.

Favorite soccer moment: each time a former players finds him on the field and calls him "Coach Al".


Anthony Meza
USSF “B” License & NSCAA Goal Keeper License Level I-II-III
SDSC coach since 2010

Anthony has over 15 years of coaching experience ranging from grassroots to the professional ranks. He played at Southwestern College for a small stint before joining the semi-pro San Diego Guachos. Anthony then went to the San Diego Sockers & Portland Pride of the CISL. Anthony left soccer to finish his Electrical Engineering degree at SDSU and spend time with his family. He returned to soccer as a coach at the PQ Premier Soccer Club and then SDSC. He has worked with the US National Paralympic goalkeepers, and for the past 5 years held the goalkeeper coaching position for the University of San Diego.

Favorite soccer moment: too many to count! But watching his son go 12 rounds in penalty kicks and making the game winning save, and then seeing his teammates running to him to celebrate being tournament champions! Super proud goalkeeper moment he was able to enjoy as a dad, and as his goalkeeper coach. 

Anya Miller
USSF “E” License
SDSC coach since 2005

Anya has over 15 years youth coaching experience. During her college years, she split time playing Division 1 soccer for the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Vermont. She has coached in the past for Miramar College, San Diego City College, Canyon Crest High School and Mira Mesa High School, and is currently the girls JV coach at Rancho Bernardo High School.

Favorite soccer moment: watching the US team win the 1999 Women's World Cup as a collegiate athlete. It was an inspiring moment for young female athletes.


Haydn Mitchell
USSF “B” License & Futsal Level 2 License
SDSC coach since 2010

Haydn has been coaching at the youth level for over 20 years, both boys and girls from 3-18 years of age. He played at Huntingdon College, and post-college on various semipro and amateur teams. He has coached at various high school programs, such as St. Martins Episcopal School (LA State Cup runner ups 2004-2005), Westview High School, and Del Norte High School. Haydn is currently one of the coaches for the Boys Development Academy teams, and the Director of the PQ Rec program. His continued focus on technical development has seen many of his players go on to play at higher levels.

Favorite soccer moment: being in the stadium in Germany to watch Trinidad and Tobago in the 2006 World Cup.


Joe Montoya
USSF “D” License

Coaching Experience: Coaching for 23 years all levels, 2 Years Hotspurs, 1 Year Kodiak Director of Coaching, 5 Years Girls Director of Coaching La Jolla Impact, 2 Years Newport FC, 2 Years Girls Director Las Vegas Premier SC, 5 Years Staff Coach Elite FC, 4 Years Staff Coach Downtown Las Vegas SC

Playing Experience: 14 years Club Soccer, 4 Years HS Soccer - Albuquerque HS, 4 Years College Soccer UNLV, 2 Years Semi-Pro

Accomplishments & Awards: NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Goal Keeping Diploma and USSF National Goal Keeping, NFHS/NCAA Certified Soccer Coach, USSF National Diploma, Coerver Coaching Diploma, 3 State Cup Champions, 2 High School State Finalist, 4 City Cup Championships, Coach of the Year 1998, Goalie Coach US U18 ODP, 26 Girls in College Soccer Programs


Gene Morris
USSF “E” License
SDSC coach since 2014

Eugene has coached club and high school soccer for 25 years. He is also the boys varsity coach at Poway High School. He won CIF in 2008, was named CIF coach of the year in 2008 and 2011, and won State Cup in 2009. Coaching is the love of his life.

Favorite soccer moment: Winning CIF in 2008 and State Cup in 2009.


John Napier
USSF “A” License, USSF “Y” License, & English FA License

Professional Playing Experience: 1961-1967 Bolton Wanderers (Professional English Soccer League), 1967-1972 Brighton & Hove Albion (Professional English Soccer League), 1972-1979 Bradford City (Professional English Soccer League), 1975 Baltimore Comets (NASL on loan from Bradford City), 1976 San Diego Jaws (NASL on loan from Bradford City)

International Playing Honors (Northern Ireland): Full International, Under 23 International, Youth International (U17/18/19), Schoolboy International (U15/16)

Professional Club Honors: 1966 MVP Bolton Wanderers (English Professional Soccer Club), 1969 MVP Brighton & Hove Albion (English Professional Soccer Club), 1973 MVP Bradford City (English Professional Soccer Club)

Professional Coaching Experience: 1967 Brighton Youth Academy (English Professional Club), 1972-1975 Bradford City Youth Academy (English Professional Club), 1976-1979 Bradford City, Head Coach/Manager (English Professional Club), 1982-1983 Escondido Royals Cal South U23 semi-professional league

Coaching Youth Level: 1980-1981 San Diego Sockers (Youth Development Director), 1980-Present John Napier Soccer Camps (Director), 1981-1985 High School (San Pasqual/Orange Glen), 1989-1996 DOC Escondido Earthquakes Cal South/Presidio, 1996-2006 DOC Escondido FC Heat Cal South/Presidio, 1994-Present Cal South ODP Head Coach, 1995-2015 Cal South Coaching Education Staff Coach, 2006-Present FC San Diego/SD Soccer Club, 2008-2015 Cal South Head Coach for Coaching Education in San Diego County, 2010-2011 US Soccer Youth ID Program Regional Scout

Youth Coaching Awards: 2006 Lifetime Achievement awarded by ASC San Diego for 25 years’ service to youth soccer, 2010 FCSD Coach of the year, 2011 Cal South District 2 Honoree for services to soccer in Cal South, 2015 (March) Inducted into the Cal South Soccer Hall of Fame

Youth Accomplishments: 2004 ODP B89 (Regional Champions/National Finalists), 2005 ODP B91 (Regional Finalists), 2000-Present Numerous Club League/Cup Championships/Including Surf Cup/SF State Cup, 2006 ODP B92 (Regional Champions), 2007 ODP B92 (Regional Champions/National Finalists), 2010 ODP G95 (Regional Champions), 2011 ODP G95 (Regional Champions/National Finalists), 2012 ODP G96 (Regional Champions and National Champions), 2013 ODP G96 (Repeat Regional Champions and National Champions), 2014 ODP G97 (Regional Champions and National Champions), 2015 ODP G98 (Regional Champions and National Champions), 2016 ODP G99 (Regional Champions and National Champions), 2016 SDSC US Soccer Development Academy Coach, 2017 ODP G00 (Regional Champions and National Champions), 2018 ODP G01 (Regional Champions/No National Championships in 2018)

Youth Board Positions: 2007-Present FC Heat Competitive Administrator, 2007-2008 Cal South Coaching Advisory Board, 2008-2013 Presidio/SDDA Competitive Board Member, 2017-Present SDSC Development Academy Administrator


Michael Nicholson
USSF "A" license

Coaching Experience: Club level - 2017 SDSC age group coordinator, B04 head coach, G08 head coach, 2016-17 B04 Academy Coach & B05 head coach. 2009-2016 Surf USDA Boys Academy Director. 2006-2009 Temecula Hawks Director of Coaching. 2006-1999 Surf Director of Boys Program. 1994-1999 Nomads Boys & Girls Coach. 1991-1994 Pegasus Boys Coach. High School level - Serra High School Boys Head Coach, Torrey Pines HS Boys Asst Coach, La Costa Canyon Girls Head Coach. University level -  USD Men's Program for 13 years, UCSD Women's Program for 10 years. 

Playing Experience: Youth: Middlesbrough Boys. University: Leeds Polytechnic (Carnegie). Professional: Middlesbrough FC Reserves. Semi Pro: Spennymoor FC, Brandon FC, San Diego Top Guns. 

Achievements & Awards: As a player... Middlesbrough Boys U15 National Quarter Final 1981, Leeds Poly National Champion 1986 and National Runner Up 1989. As a coach... Nomads U16 National Champion 1996, UCSD 6 National Champions, La Costa 3 CIF Div 1 Champions, Surf U13 Far West Regional Finalist, USD National Quarter Finalist


Nikolai Owczaruk

Bio coming soon.

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Damien Quinn
USSF “E” License
SDSC coach since 2010

Damien played soccer at Dartmouth College and George Mason University, and was a member of the San Diego Sockers. Having been with SDSC since 2010, he hopes that he helps in the development process of both the individual player and the collective team. Most importantly, he tries to make the experience fun and enjoyable for the kids.

Favorite soccer moment: going to the 1994 World Cup.


Rene Quiroz
USSF “C” License & US Futsal Certified
Coaching Experience: Current SDSC BU-09 Head Coach, 2 years with SDSC organization, 1 year with Xolos Academy BU14 Head Coach, 1 year Barcelona FC BU10 Head Coach, 4 years of Soccer Clinics CYSL “NADO” ages 5-18
Playing Experience: California State University San Marcos Cougars 2000-2003, Surf 1998-2000, Patrick Henry High School 1997-2000, NADO 1996-1997
Accomplishments & Awards: Patrick Henry High School 1998 CIF Champions, Patrick Henry High School 2000 League Champions

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Guillermo Rodriguez

Info coming soon.

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Paul Rudge
USSF “D” License
SDSC coach since 2000

Paul has been coaching competitive soccer since 1992. He coached at Poway Vaqueros for 8 years and then joined RB Renegades/FC San Diego (now SDSC). He has coached at all levels from U8 to U16 both boys and girls teams. Paul started the SDSC Union Mini's program for 3 and 4 year old soccer players. He has coached at the Freshman and JV level of high school at Poway and Orange Glen High Schools. Paul spent time playing at Palomar College and Mira Mesa High School. He aims to create a fun environment for teaching and developing players while helping them develop a passion for the game.

Favorite soccer moment: watching his two boys kick a soccer ball for the first time.


Sherif Salem
USSF “E” License
SDSC coach since 2014

Sherif has been an assistant coach and head coach with SDSC since 2014. He has played soccer for over 30 years, including 5 years of youth club soccer at EC Dynamo FC, 3 years high school varsity at Central Union High School, 2 years for ASU Men’s Club Soccer, and over 20 years of coed/men competitive leagues. He has a B.A. in Biology from the University of San Diego. His coaching philosophy is to help players think the game and become comfortable with the ball at their feet as well as to create an environment that instills the love of the game of soccer in them.

Favorite soccer moment: winning the San Diego County Cup with the first ever team created in the inaugural year of his youth club's existence.


Armin Salinas
USSF “E” License

Coaching Experience: 20 years of coaching experience with SDSC, FCSD, Nomads, and USA Hotspurs, 2007 - 2010 Asst. Coach Valhalla HS Boys Varsity, 1985 - 1996 Asst. Coach Granite Hills HS Girls Varsity

Playing Experience: Member of Hotspurs U16 State Champions and Regional Semi-Finalist, Adidas Far West Regional HS All Star Residency Camp, Played at Grossmont/Cuyumaca college, Won the PCC Champhionship at Grossmont

Accomplishments & Awards: Member of the SWISL (semi-pro) East County Wolfpack, SWISL All Star

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Josh Sandoval

Bio coming soon.


Warren Schwitkis
USSF "D" License, United Soccer Coaches Adv.Reg. Diploma, Coerver Youth Diploma 1 & 2
SDSC coach since 2010

Warren has over 12 years of youth coaching and 10 years of high school coaching experiences along with a physical education degree from San Diego State University, teaching credential program and numerous soccer coaching classes. His basic philosophy is to teach and influence a possession style of soccer emphasizing a quick passing game and field awareness. Teaching players and the team to play quickly is the key to a successful team. When coaching he tries to create a fun environment for teaching and developing players and therefore developing a love for the game of soccer.

Favorite soccer moment: winning State Cup with his SDSC G2007 Orange team.


Mark Sidebottom
USSF “B” License

Mark has over 13 years of coaching experience with SDSC, coaching teams of all ages, levels and genders. He is the junior varsity and varsity girls coach at Rancho Bernardo High School. Mark has 18 years of playing experience, including youth time with Manchester United School of Excellence.


Richard Simonyi
USSF "B" License
SDSC coach since 2018

Richard is from Hungary, and has over 25 years of coaching experience. He played 1st division in Budapest, professionally for the Sacramento Knights indoor team, and semi-pro in the greater Sacramento Area. He began coaching in 1992 at Placer United SC (CA-N 1998 State Champion Boys 83/84), then Del Mar Sharks, San Diego Surf, Pateadores (CA-S), Crossfire Premier (WA), Pride SC, and Rush (CO). Richard believes that the most rewarding part of coaching is the ability to influence young players to become good people who understand how to work with one another and be strong, responsible and valuable members of their community.

Favorite soccer moment: when his Surf team Boys 98/99 won Surf Cup in 2010.


Jerzy Szyndlar
USSF “A” License & Polish Soccer Federation “A” License
SDSC coach since 2014

Jerzy has over 38 years coaching experience at professional, college, high school, and club level. He played professionally in native Poland for Stoczniowiec and Baltyk Soccer Club. He has coached in the past at San Diego Mesa College and La Jolla High School (boys). He was director of coaching for Villa and FC Bratz soccer clubs. Currently, Jerzy is staff coach age coordinator for SDSC.

Favorite soccer moment: during practice he was explaining to 11-year-olds about the three most important words in soccer, all words starting with letter "C": collect, connect, and control rhythm of the play. After his statement one of the players shouted, "Coach, I have 2 more soccer words starting with letter "C": counterattack and camouflage!"

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Chris Talbott
USSF “E” License

Chris has been a competitive youth soccer coach for over 25 years, with clubs including Central Eclipse Soccer Club, Carlsbad Wave Soccer Club, RB Renegades, FC San Diego Soccer Club, and SDSC. He runs camps and clinics for Total Control Soccer, specializing in advance footwork and shooting. Chris has over 20 years playing experience. He has proudly coached many players to play in college.

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Beto Villela
USSF “B” License
SDSC coach since 2018

Beto has over 15 years of experience coaching "the heart behind the jersey.” He has played soccer in Brazil and the United States, and specializes in coaching youth and imparting knowledge and passion for the game. Beto has successfully coached at all levels: youth, high school and adult (UPSL) in the US. He has received recognition for game analysis and served as a radio and television analyst for professional matches in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Favorite soccer moment: watching the Brazilian National team in 1982 (best soccer team ever!).