Born and raised in Sacramento, CA I have spent all of my life here in the Capitol City. From soccer to running and everything in between, I love what this city has to offer. Along with my career and passion in sports, I have been an educator at the high school level and have been fortunate enough to see and travel around the world.
My Soccer Life
From 2009 to 2011, I served as assistant coach to the Women’s Soccer team at CSU Stanislaus. In 2004 I was an assistant coach at Cosumnes River College while also serving in the same capacity for the Sacramento Knights of the National Premier Soccer League, assistant coach at San-Joaquin Delta College (2012-2014). Currently the Video Analyst / Camps & Clinics Coordinator for the Sacramento Republic FC.
From 2002-2004 I served as head varsity coach at El Camino, and at Rosemont High School from 2004-2009. I helped lead the El Camino boys team to a CAL Championship and led Rosemont to 3 consecutive conference championships in the Metro Conference.
I have also worked with players throughout the United States at the ODP and club levels, including taking players overseas with the United Soccer Academy out of Florida. He worked with players in Brazil, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Sweden, England, Scotland, and Italy .
At the youth level I worked with various club in the greater Sacramento area including, River City, CVU, Cal Rush Soccer Club, and EDUSA. Besides being a coach at these clubs I have also held various positions within these organizations including Director of Goalkeeper Development, Jr. Programs Director and Director of Coaching.
Along with helping promote players to the next level and developing All-City, State and Regional ODP, and College players, I received a number of coaching awards in the past years. In 2003, I was named Sacramento Bee All-City Boys Soccer Co-Coach of the year. In 2004, I was awarded the Positive Coaches Alliance Double Coach Award and in 2008 was named Metro League Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.
USSF B License
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
My Running Life
Back in 2004, I decided to run my first marathon as a “thing to do” and say I did at least one. After that marathon, I vowed to myself to never run another marathon again. The feeling I felt for 2 weeks after probably resembled that of being hit by a semi-truck in the legs. From June 2004 through the end of 2005, I did not run a single race and in fact thought I would never pick up the sport of running again.
In 2006 my next marathon year occurred after the birth of my god son William, I ran my second marathon and first ever California International Marathon. During this run I raised money for the Hydrocephalus Association. This brought a whole new inspiration on why I run and what running means to me. Since my first marathon I have ran over 10 marathons to date. I have also ran a high number of half marathons, 10k, 5k, and other distance races. I continue to love the sport more and more, and have gone from just a runner to a running fanatic.
In the end I guess I keep running because of the things that this little warrior has taught me and reminds everyday. Don’t take the small things for granted. Sometimes that small thing is just the ability to be physically strong enough to take one step forward on our own, or in my case to run step after step. The ability to use motor skills and use them to gain personal achievements but also help with awareness. On those days where my muscles are sore or legs are tired, I get to realize who that feeling is so important because some people will never be able to have that same sensation not because they choose not to but because they physically have been limited due to their disabilities.
So this is part of the reason I run. There are plenty of similar stories out there for why people run and who they run for. I thought I would just share mine.
Personal Best 10k: 38:41 Run to Feed the Hungry – 2013
Personal Best 10-mile: 1:05:42 Capital City Classic – 2013
Personal Best 1/2 Marathon: 1:24:40 Shamrock’n Half Marathon – 2014
Personal Best Marathon: 3:04:06 California International Marathon – 2014
Gametimme California Runner of the Year – 2013