• Valley Open
  • Meadowbrook Upper Open
  • Meadowbrook Lower Open
  • Hilleary Open
  • Arbolitos Open
  • Silverset Open
  • Valley verde Open
  • Tierra Bonita/Twin Peaks Open

Coaching Staff

Giovanni  Vlahos

Executive Director

Giovanni Vlahos

Giovanni Vlahos recently joined the Poway Vaqueros family after being an Assistant Director of Coaching with Vista Storm. Vlahos currently holds a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) “A” license, A USSF National Youth License and a GK II diploma from the NSCAA.

Before moving to California four years ago, Giovanni was involved with the Duke University men’s soccer team and working as an Academy Director at a local North Carolina clu. At the same time working with the North Carolina ODP (Olympic Development Program) as a Staff Coach and with the North Carolina Coaching Education Department as well.

Prior the Vista Storm, Giovanni spent two years with Carmel Valley Del Mar Sharks in the San Diego area as well as a Volunteer with San Diego States Men’s Soccer Program.

Outside of his duties with Poway Youth Soccer, Giovanni is the Head Coach of a CalSouth ODP (Olympic Development Program) team as well as an instructor with the Coaching Education Department for CalSouth.

 

Christine Drummond

Christine Drummond

Director of Player Development
USSF National “D” License

Coach Christine Drummond began playing soccer at a young age, moving into competitive in 3rd grade for the club now known as CSC. She went on to play varsity soccer at Patrick Henry High School and some varsity soccer at Washington University in St. Louis, though she mostly enjoyed playing intramurals. She refereed soccer at the age of 12 and continued through college.

Coach Christine coached PYSL recreational soccer for a year and coached the All-Star team at the conclusion of that season. She has coached competitive soccer with the Vaqueros since 2003. Coach Christine’s teams have won numerous tournament championships, she led a team to the State Cup Championship, and advanced through several brackets in Presidio League.

Christine is currently the Director of Player Development, where she provides leadership for player and coaching development in the PYSL program, and also serves as a Camp Director. She was named Vaqueros Coach of the Year for the 2005-2006 season.

Coach Christine loves to coach and uses the opportunity to infuse her athletes with the love of soccer that she has. She strives to create an environment where her players can have fun, enjoy the game and the spirit of competition; develop as a soccer player, technically, tactically, mentally, and physically; and grow as a person — developing character and life skills so they can discover more about themselves.

Matt Adams

Matt Adams

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Matt Adams grew up in Denver, CO, and has enjoyed playing soccer since he was 8.  After playing four years of varsity high school soccer, he went on to play at the college level for Fresno Pacific University. That team was nationally ranked among NAIA teams three of the four years he played. After moving to the Poway area, Matt coached his sons’ PYSL recreational teams as well as two all star teams over the past six years. He is looking forward to coaching and sharing his love of soccer with young and developing athletes. His coaching philosophy and desire is that the athletes increase their skills, develop good sportsmanship, and grow their love for the game.

Ali Atkinson

USSF “E” License

Ali Atkinson

I’ve played club soccer since I was 5 years old in many clubs including Poway. Playing soccer has been my passion through my entire life.

I graduated from a Poway High School where I played soccer all 4 years. I play college soccer at San Diego Miramar College where I am a sophomore.

Due to a back injury I can no longer play at the college level so it gives me happiness to pass on my passion and love of the sport onto other athletes.

It was at Poway High School where I got my start coaching soccer where I was the Freshman Head Coach. After coaching high school for one season I joined the Vaqueros coaching staff.

Elios Bernon

USSF Competitive “E” License

Elios Bernon

This will be Elios Bernon first year with Poway Vaqueros. Elios grew up in Escondido where he learned to love the game at an early age and played in the Presidio Soccer League throughout his youth career. He played with various local teams including San Pasqual High School, where he received his varsity letter, and one year at Palomar College where he was teammates alongside Poway Vaqueros coach Evan Myers. Elios received his first coaching opportunity with FC Heat- Impact where he learned that coaching goes far beyond the soccer field. He took a leave of absence from coaching and returned to school attending CalState San Marcos where he was awarded a degree in Spanish.
Elios believes that the development of youth players should include mental toughness and situational soccer, where a player can out wit and be one step ahead of their opponents regardless of the skill level.

John Carnaroli

John Carnaroli

USSF Competitive “D” License
Level 8 Referee License

Coach John Carnaroli has played recreational and competitive soccer since the fourth grade. He played club soccer with San Juan United and in 1986 and 1987, he was part of the varsity team at Del Campo High that won CIF in the Sacramento area. In college, John played rugby at SDSU and later for OMBAC Rugby Club. Currently, Coach John plays a men’s soccer team in an “over 40” league.

Coach John was an assistant coach for the SDSU rugby team and helped coach the Southern California (SCRFU) Collegiate All-Star rugby team. He has been coaching youth soccer since 2004, including PYSL boys and girls All-Star teams, and has been with Vaqueros since 2007.

Coach John enjoys teaching kids the concept of sportsmanship and the skills of the game.  His goal is to instill a love of soccer and respect for other players, coaches, and referees.  He hopes to pass on what he learned from his high school soccer coach: the value of setting goals and being rewarded when working hard to reach those goals.

Gerardo Costes

Gerardo Costes

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Gerardo Costes has been a soccer coach for over 16 years, coaching teams from U10 to U19. He has coached with Poway Youth Soccer League since 2011 and has coached the Rancho Bernardo JV Boys Soccer Team for the last 6 years. In 2015, Gerardo had the opportunity to coach children and adults with intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics of Southern California.

Coach Costes has played soccer for more than 30 years, playing professionally for the Pumas U.N.A.M. (Mexico) Central Reserve Team (1986-1987); in the premier league with Cantabria, Liga Espanola (Mexico), winning three Championships and was selected for Mexico City’s All-Star team (1983-1993). In college, Gerardo was the team captain for three seasons with I.T.E.S.M. Tecnologico de Monterrey (1984-1988).

His goal as a coach: To help our kids to become better soccer players — developing their attitude, their intelligence, and their skills while having fun in the process.

Rob Crafts

Rob Crafts

USSF National “D” License
Class 8 Referee License

Coach Rob Crafts is a San Diego native. He started playing soccer in Pacific Youth Soccer League in San Diego and continued on youth leagues on military bases in Japan and Camp Pendleton. He began playing for competitive teams in Vista and Fallbrook in middle school and played varsity at Fallbrook High School for 3 years.

Rob played one year as a walk-on for JV team at Yale as a freshman, until a knee issue ended his competitive soccer career.

Some of Coach Rob’s most enjoyable playing experiences include playing in competitive tournaments and leagues and friendly-exchange matches in 8 Asian countries while playing for and managing an ex-patriot team based in Seoul, Korea. Rob currently plays for and helps manage a Super Major team in the SDCSL.

Rob has coached and developed youth players for more than 8 years, including four seasons with Vaqueros, and has coached teams to eight 1st place finishes in various All-Star and competitive tournaments in San Diego.

His goal is to teach technique, tactics, and positive life skills to enable his players to rise to their highest levels – in sport and in school. He hopes to impart in his players a life-long love of the beautiful game.

Aaron Fenalson

Aaron Fenalson

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Aaron Fenalson prepped at Rancho Bernardo High School where he still holds school records as a goalkeeper. In his youth he spent 10 years playing for the Poway Vaqueros. His Vaquero team is considered one of the best to have played for the club. After a successful youth and prep career, Aaron moved to Los Angeles to play collegiate soccer for Biola University. While at Biola he received three All-American honors as well as three All-Conference honors. At the end of his career he collected three National Defensive Players of the Week Awards, eight Conference Defensive Player of the Week Awards, and amassed over 28 career shutouts. After his college career was finished, Aaron played in the USL’s PDL for the Southern California Seahorses and the Kitsap Pumas.

Aaron began coaching for the Poway Vaqueros doing various clinics and camps for the club. He was recently the varsity assistant coach at Rancho Bernardo High School where they were CIF finalists in 2014.

Shawni Flint

USSF Competitive “E” License

Shawni Flint, owner of Accelerated Performance, brings a wealth of experience to the sports training field. A San Diego native, she attended San Diego State University as a full scholarship athlete on the Division I Women’s soccer team as the starting center mid/sweeper. During her collegiate career she captained the team for 3 years and was also honored as “Player of the Week” in Soccer Buzz Magazine. Before college, Shawni was also a 4 year Olympic Development Player as well as the Grossmont North “Player of the Year” 2 years in a row. Having played at the State, Regional, National, Collegiate and Semi-Professional level she has a lot of knowledge and experience to give back to the community that gave her so much growing up. Along with soccer, Shawni also played travel softball and ran competitive track.

Following her playing career, Shawni’s passion for working with young athletes, combined with her knowledge and experience in the sports performance field, led her to create Accelerated Performance where she could invest into the lives of the local athletic community. Her goal is to help young athletes set and achieve their goals, both on and off the field. She strives to instill a hard work ethic and passion for sports that was instilled in her from a very young age. Being a competitive multi-sport athlete growing up, she truly enjoys working with young athletes and pushing them to the peak of their athletic potential. Shawni has trained hundreds of youth, high school, college and pro level athletes to increase their speed and overall performance on the field. Growing up playing sports and now working with athletes of all ages and levels of ability has been a dream come true.

Chris Gallinetti

USSF National Competitive “E” License

Cal South Grade 8 Referee License

Positive Coaching Alliance Certification

Chris Gallinetti

Coaching since 2004, Chris Gallinetti has been the head coach for all levels and ages of boys and girls soccer, coaching All-Stars all the way up to “AAA” competitive. Coach Chris played competitive soccer in Northern California and his love for the game is evident on and off the field. Entering his 6th year with Poway Vaqueros, he has also coached for SDSC, NCSP competitive and various high school Leagues. In Chris’s off season with Vaqueros, he coaches girls soccer at Maranatha Christian School.

Coach Chris took his first-year Vaqueros GU14 team to first place in Presidio, while also winning many tournament titles, including the prestigious Presidio Cup and Commissioners Cup.

Chris supports his players well beyond the season and has many players who have gone on to play for Poway, Westview, Mt. Carmel, Scripps and RB High School soccer programs.

Coach Chris emphasizes working in a positive environment while continuing to improve soccer skills. He also emphasizes teamwork, dedication, determination, all while instilling a love for the game.

Doug Lange

Doug Lange

Doug Lange

Junior Vaqueros, TOPSoccer
USSF National “C” License
National Youth License
Licensed Referee Instructor

Coach Doug Lange grew up playing and watching soccer in San Diego. The youth teams that he played on formed the kernel of what became the Nomads club. He played for La Jolla High School and into college, and continues to play soccer in men’s leagues and pick-up games.

Doug has been coaching for 17 years.  He coached recreational soccer with PYSL and has coached with Vaqueros since 2002. He is a firm believer that a professional must continually expand his or her ability. As such, he has attended the US Soccer National Coaching School twice, attended state coaching clinics, spent numerous hours studying videos, books, and periodicals on the subject of coaching soccer, and frequently exchanges ideas with other coaches throughout the world. Twice his Vaqueros teams have been Presidio League Champion.

Coach Doug developed the Junior Vaqueros program with former PYSL Coach Reiner Bilawa to provide our youngest players with the best possible early experience with soccer. In 2006 at the National Coaching School, he spent a week in the National Youth License course working with the latest coaching approaches for younger players, and continues to research the best practices in coaching younger players by coaches around the world.

Coach Doug believes that soccer is more fun when played skillfully. “Every child in our club should become a player that wants the ball and that the team wants to give the ball to, rather than a child who is encouraged to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible. My goal is to teach players to become skillful, intelligent players in a fun environment. I want them to recognize they can learn to be skillful through persistent experimentation and practice. As a professional, I practice what I teach to the children, working to constantly improve my coaching through persistent study, experimentation, and practice.”

Jeff Modlin

USSF National  “E” License

Jeff Modlin

Coach Jeff was raised in Poway and has played soccer for 40 years all over San Diego County. Jeff has coached many different levels of soccer including recreational, all star, competitive, Topps and Junior Vaqueros. Jeff played with the first Division One Vaqueros team and played two years varsity at Mt. Carmel High School. He has played in numerous outdoor and indoor soccer leagues. Jeff enjoys teaching the fundamentals and helping his teams improve and progress throughout the season. Jeff focuses on teamwork and respect for opponents, referees, parents and coaches. Jeff’s goal is to help his players get to the next level.

 

Gene Morris

USSF “E” License

Gene Morris

 

High School Coaching
· 2004 – Present: Poway High School Men’s Varsity Coach
Club Coaching
· 1995 – 2005: Scripps Ranch Soccer Club
· 2006 – 2009: Poway Vaqueros
· 2010: FC San Diego
· 2013 – 2016: San Diego Soccer
· 2017: Poway Vaqueros
Playing Experience:

1979-1986 Poway Vaqueros
1987-1988 PQ Express
1985-1988 Poway High School
Accomplishments & Awards

High School
· 8 Time Palomar League Champions
· 2008: CIF Coach of the Year
· 2008: CIF Champions
· 2008: CIF State Finalists
· 2011: North County Times Soccer Coach of the Year
Club
· 47 Tournament Championships
· 2007: BU14 AAA League Champions
· 2007: BU15 AA-A League Champions
· 2008: GU17 State Cup Champions
· 2015: BU11 State Cup Finalist
· 2015: GU15 State Cup Quarter Finalist

Evan Myers

Evan Myers

USSF Competitive “E” License         

Evan Myers is the newest coach to join the Poway Vaqueros Team. Since the start of his competitive soccer career at 6 years old, he has played for Poway Vaqueros, Pegasus, and San Diego Soccer Club. He attended Poway High School where he played on the Varsity Team for 3 years and was awarded First Team Honors and Palomar Player of the Year. He played on the Poway Vaqueros Super 20’s team, when he was only 16. For his first year of college he attended and played soccer for Dominican University in San  Rafael, CA.  The following year he relocated back to Poway, where he attended Cal State University San Marcos and played the remaining years of his college eligibility. During his senior year he was given the Academic All American Award and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in Bio Chemistry.

Evan has been working at North County Soccer Park for the past 7 years.  He currently leads the skills clinic where he works with children 18 months to 9 years old.

He is the coach of one of our Boys 2008 teams. They have had a great summer tournament season. They were 1st Place Champions in the Kickin It Challenge and 2nd Place Finalists in the Copa Del Mar.

Amine Rachedi

Amine Rachedi

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Amine Rachedi’s goal at the club, present and future, is to make sure not only that the kids are having a great time playing the beautiful game of soccer but also to be able to teach the game to them correctly. Coach Amine also hopes to bring a state championship to the club or be part of assisting many of our club’s other great coaches with this goal.

Coach Amine has coached soccer at Mt. Carmel High School (JV), was the head coach at Preuss High School, and held the positions of assistant and head coach of the freshman team at Orange Glen High School, and also served as varsity head coach alongside Colin Garon.

Kimberly Randall

USSF Competitive “E” License

Kimberly Randall

This is Kim’s third year coaching soccer at a competitive level, but her first year with the Vaqueros. Not only does she enjoy teaching her players all aspects of the game, but she enjoys learning from her players as well. Kim believes that it is the coach’s duty to teach the athletes the fundamentals and skills in soccer and in life. Kim coached a U16’s team with no substitutes to the top of their bracket taking first place. She also has coach an undefeated U12 team. Kim has developed players who have gone to play at the collegiate and junior college level. Kim is fully committed to the development of her athletes as soccer players but also teaching them valuable life characteristics.

Player History: Kim started playing soccer at the young age of 5. She played for soccer clubs located in Palmdale, California where she was recognized as a captain. Kim played three years for her high school team that she captained for two years. Her high school was undefeated all three years. Kim received scholarship opportunities from several Division 1 and Division 2 Universities, however she was unable to accept the offers after she blew her ACL out. Fortunately, William Jessup University, NAIA Div 1, still offered Kim full scholarship to play for the school. After 6 months from ACL surgery, Kim earned a starting spot as a freshman for William Jessup. Kim received a number of recognition’s during her time at William Jessup: All Conference Player, Tournament First Team athlete, Conference Player of the Game, Conference and Player of the Week. When Kim turned 19 years old she played Semi Professionally for the California Storm (WPSL). She played with and was mentored by Soccer Professional Kim Yokers, Internationally ranked number 2 player in the world, Brazilian National player, Sissi, US Women’s National Team players, Brandi Chastain and Julie Johnston. After Storm’s season, Kim received back-to-back ACL and meniscus tears resulting in her being unable to play with William Jessup her junior and senior year. Currently, Kim is gaining her strength back as she practices with the semi professional team, San Diego Sealions (WPSL).

 Gary Rossi

USSF National “D” License 
US Youth Soccer National License 
NSCAA Natonal Diploma Certificate
NSCAA Youth Diploma Certificate

Gary Rossi

 

Coach Gary Rossi is new to the Vaqueros coaching staff.  He started his youth soccer coaching career with the Penasquitos Youth Recreation Soccer League; coaching both his son and daughter. This led to his passion for youth soccer coaching and his overall coaching career. He started coaching competitive youth soccer in 2001. Since those early days, he has coached both boys and girls competitive soccer with a variety of local clubs from under 7 to under 18. Coach Rossi is also the Ladies Varsity Soccer Coach for Del Norte High School since its inception in 2009. Since the start of the program, they have garnered 5 League Championships and the 2016 Division 1 San Diego Section CIF Title.  The Varsity Squad has amassed an overall record of 92-46-24. Previous to Del Norte, Coach Rossi came from Westview High School where he led and developed a highly successful freshman women’s soccer program.  Coach Rossi has also coached high school Swim and Dive, Boy’s Water Polo and a combine Poway Unified SEAL Invitational High School competition team. He is a member of both soccer organizations, US Youth Soccer Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds the American Council for Exercise Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification. As a member of the class of 1979 from the United States Naval Academy, Coach Rossi played sprint football and water polo. He faithfully served his country for 20 years as a Navy Frogman/SEAL and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, retiring in 1999.

Jen Schultz

Jen Schultz

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jen grew up with a love for soccer. She began playing in the 2nd grade and played into her young adult years. She discovered that she has that same love for coaching soccer as she does for playing when she began coaching her daughter’s team in the Poway Youth Soccer League in 2008. She has coached girls and boys U8 – U17 and had many successful seasons and tournaments. She is currently coaching the girls JV team at Poway High School.
Jen supports high self-esteem in each of her players by accepting them just as they are. She builds on their strengths while helping them to improve their individual skills in a positive environment.

Johnny Topete

Johnny Topete

USSF Competitive “E” License
CPR and AED Certified

Johnny began coaching five years ago at his alma mater Orange Glen High School.  He coached the freshman team to a record of 15-3-2.  The next year he lead the junior varsity team in a winning season, 17-1-2.  In 2014, he became the head coach of both the JV and Varsity teams.  In 2014 the JV team went 18-1-1 and the varsity team reached the quarter finals of CIF in Division 1.  Johnny currently is coaching at Orange Glen High School.  In 2015 Johnny started coaching with Vaqueros, working with Coach Craig and Coach Ben.

Playing History:

Johnny graduated from Orange Glen High School where he played 3 years on varsity and helped win CIF for the first time in school history his senior year.  He was named North County Player of the Year and currently holds the school record for the most goals in a single season with 30.  Johnny played for the Poway Vaqueros Super 20s which played Chivas USA U20s and L.A. Galaxy U20s.  Johnny played two years at Palomar Community College where he was named team MVP, Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, team captain, and a top 5 player in the state of California for community colleges.  Even as a defender, he lead the team in goals both years.

Johnny then went to Germany to start his professional playing career and played in a lower German division.  He then returned home to San Diego to join the Sockers in 2012 where he played for 2 years.  He was then traded to the Ontario Fury, where he plays currently.

Becca Topete

Becca Topete

USSF Competitive “E” License

This is Becca’s fifth year coaching soccer. Not only does she enjoy teaching her players all aspects of the game, she enjoys learning from her players as well. She strongly believes in a coach’s duty to teach the fundamentals and skills to succeed in soccer and in life. Through her commitment and love for the game, Becca has helped her players improve and excel in their soccer journeys, individually and as a team. She coached a U7/8 indoor team to an undefeated season and helped the Orange Glen Girl’s Junior Varsity team improve their record every year she coached. She now is a part of the head coaching staff for the boy’s program at Orange Glen High School. In the 2014-2015 season, the Orange Glenn’s Boy’s Varsity team advanced to the CIF Division 1 quarterfinals.

Player History:

Becca has been immersed in the soccer for as long as she can remember. She started playing competitive soccer at the age of six and has never looked back. She played for numerous club  teams including the Poway Vaqueros, San Diego Pegasus, and So Cal Blues. Becca has always been recognized for her character on and off the field and has been awarded the Captain position on almost every team. Although injuries prevented her from playing in college, she continues to play for fun and the love of the game. In October of 2015, she married her long time sweetheart, Johnny Topete, who plays for the Ontario Fury in the professional indoor league.

Jerry Velazquez

Jerry Velazquez

USSF Competitive “E” License

Jerry grew up in San Diego and has played soccer since the 1960s. He played varsity for four years at Helix High School and then at Grossmont College. Jerry has played in the men’s county soccer leagues since 1976 and has played in many tournaments in Canada and in the United States. He also played soccer in the Fire Fighter Olympics and World Games on multiple occasions.

Jerry has coached in San Diego county since the early 80s. He served as assistant coach of the Helix High boy’s team in the 80s and early 90s, and the Grossmont High girl’s team in the 90s. Jerry served as coach for Poway Vaqueros for multiple seasons before taking time off for injury rehabilitation. Jerry has also been assistant coach and team manager with other clubs in San Diego county. He also coaches with Cal South ODP summer camp program.

Jerry has always loved soccer and strives to teach young players how to love this beautiful game. His main goal is to develop players for their own future as soccer players in high school, college and beyond, as well as their development as outstanding young men and women. He always works to develop the young player’s understanding of the skillful, technical and the tactical sides of the game, not just winning. His practices are disciplined and rigorous, yet they are meant to develop the individual, the team, team spirit as well as club spirit.

 

Jack Wardlow

USSF Competitive “D” License

Jack Wardlow

Coach Jack has been coaching or involved with soccer all of his life.
He has been involved as a Coach with PYSL since 2003.