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

Coaching Staff

Jean Willrich

Jean

Jean Willrich

Director of Coaching
USSF National “B” License

Coach Jean Willrich, a native of Koblenz, Germany, played club soccer and professionally in his home country before joining Dutch First Division club PSV Eindhoven during the 1977-1978 season, when they won the UEFA Cup. Coach Jean played with the San Diego Sockers from 1978 to 1988 as part of his 17-year professional soccer career, which also included playing for the Pumas and Wichita Wings.  Jean is in the San Diego Sockers Hall of Fame and his jersey number (15) has been retired.  Coach Jean played on the US Olympic team in 1984 and recorded a goal and assist during the Olympic Games.

Coach Jean began coaching youth soccer in 1989 and has organized successful youth soccer camps and clinics throughout San Diego.  He is a former coach at Rancho Bernardo High School and Patrick Henry High School.  Jean was a coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 1997-2000.  Coach Jean has been coaching with Poway Vaqueros since 1997 and has been a coaching director since 2005.  He has coached both boys and girls teams at nearly every age level.  His teams have won numerous tournaments and have advanced to higher brackets in Presidio League under his guidance.

Coach Jean grew up loving soccer and hopes to instill a love for the game in the players he coaches. He makes practice fun and challenging.  He emphasizes skill development, especially at the younger ages, and always expects players to do their best.  As a director, Jean strives to place players at the right level where they can develop and grow to find success at a higher level of competition.

Check out this great video from Coach Jean’s Sockers days:

Christine Drummond

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

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.

John Carnaroli

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.

Sergio A. Castillo

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Sergio Castillo attended Orange Glen High School where his team won the CIF San Diego Division II Championship in 2007. After graduating from Orange Glen, he accepted a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at Creighton University, where he was a four-year starter. He also participated in three Division I NCAA Tournaments.

Coach Sergio has been a Vaqueros player since 2006. He participated in the Vaqueros U16, U17, and the USL Super-20 League. Coach Sergio has helped coach the Vaqueros advanced summer camps, Junior Vaqueros, and the Friday night skills clinics.

In 2011, Sergio was selected by the Houston Dynamo in the second round of the Major League Soccer Draft. Sergio was the only 25th player from Creighton University to be drafted by an MLS team. He also played for Ventura Fusion (PDL), where he played against MLS teams during the summer.

Sergio currently plays in various leagues in North County, and is the assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team at Orange Glen High School.

Gerardo Costes

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

RobCrafts

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

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.

Chris Gallinetti

Chris Gallinetti

Chris Gallinetti

USSF National Competitive “E” License

Cal South Grade 8 Referee License

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 5th year with Poway Vaqueros, he has also coached for SDSC, NCSP competitive and various high school Leagues.

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.

Nathan D. Jarman

National “D” License

Coach Nathan Jarman attended Poway High School where his team won the Palomar League in 2007. Nathan also played for the Vaqueros USL Super-20 league.  After graduating from Poway high, he accepted a scholarship to play for UC Davis, where he started as a left back.  While at UC Davis, he participated in the Division I NCAA Tournament.

Coach Nathan received his National “D” coaching license in Utah, where he coached U12s and U17s boys teams for Infinity Soccer Club.

Coach Nathan loves coaching and teaching kids.  He strives to teach the kids the skills and teamwork that they will need to be successful on and off the field.  Nathan’s coaching specializes in defensive formation that he learned while playing at UC Davis.

Coach Nathan currently plays on various indoor teams when he finds the time, but mostly loves to spend time with his new baby girl.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

USSF Competitive “E” License
USSF Grade 8 Referee License

Coach Steve Johnson began playing soccer in San Diego at age 10 and played on several youth and all-star teams including a BU14 Select team that traveled for a month throughout Colombia, South America. He went on to play two years of varsity soccer at Mira Mesa High School and has played in various adult leagues (men’s and co-ed) in Mira Mesa, and at Robb Field and North County Soccer Park.

A couple of his more recent accomplishments include guiding his Vaqueros team from AA-C to Flight 1 of the San Diego Developmental Academy (“SDDA”) in four years and State Cup semifinalists (Presidents Division).  He coached the current BU16 Green team from AA-B to Flight 1 of the SDDA in three years. In the last few years, his teams have won the Poway Country Shootout, Kickin’ It Challenge, Carlsbad Coastal Classic, Notts Forest Labor Day Classic, Arsenal Winter Showcase, and Albion Cup. He has been a licensed youth soccer coach since 1986.

In addition to his Poway Youth Soccer League responsibilities, he has coached the Poway High School freshmen soccer team (2 years) and has coached the JV soccer team the last 6 years. He is CPR and first-aid certified.

He has attended youth soccer tournaments across the state, from San Diego to Bakersfield; and in Tempe, AZ; the Hawaii International Football Festival; and the Manchester International Football Festival (Manchester, England). Coach Steve, “I eat, sleep and dream the game of soccer and I want to instill that love for the game in each player I coach!”

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.”

Evan Myers

USSF Competitive “E” License         EVAN MYERS

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

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.

Jenna Sanders

Jenna Sanders

Jenna Sanders

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jenna Sanders grew up playing soccer beginning at age four and began playing competitive soccer at age 9 here in San Diego. She played for West Hills High School and also in college, where she was fortunate to be coached again by her club coach. Her college team, comprised of many teammates from her club days, won league one season and went to state playoffs.

Coach Jenna continues to play in indoor and outdoor adult leagues. In her first year as a coach, she had the pleasure of being mentored by Coach Craig McGill. She continued to learn the nuances of the game and fell in love with the sport all over again from a different perspective — directing from the sidelines.

Jen Schultz

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jen Schultz 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 coached the Girls U10 All-Star team in 2010 and 2011 and the Boys U9 and U10 All-Star team in 2012 and 2014. She has coached competitive soccer with the Vaqueros since 2011.

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

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

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

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.

Michael Willrich

Michael Willrich

Michael Willrich

USSF Competitve  “E” License

Coach Michael Willrich has played soccer his whole life and loves the game. Michael went to Scripps Ranch High School where his team won CIF in 2004 and he was awarded CIF “Player of the Year” for San Diego County. Michael played for Poway Vaqueros during high school and went on to play at University of California, Irvine. In 2009, his UCI team was a quarter-finalist in the NCAA tournament. Michael has coached three seasons with the Vaqueros and has been a large part of our summer camp program for the last 8 years.