Coaches
 

 

Coaches and Staff

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Gilbert Barranco

Gilbert Barranco

Teams

United 07B Avalanche

SSC Coach | Ed Cervantes

Ed Cervantes

Teams

U12G Twisters

Hometown

Sunnyvale, CA

Licenses

USSF "C" License, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA National Youth Diploma, AYSO Advanced Coach Certificate and Intermediate Coach Instructor, PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) Certified

Playing experience

High school varisty, Stanford University intramurals, Peninsula adult soccer leagues

Best soccer advice you ever got?

Soccer is a simple game that we tend to over-complicate. It is a player's game, so we need to develop players who are independent and can think and execute on their own without interference. Coach and teach with empathy, enthusiasm and empowerment.

Best experience(s) as a coach at the Stanford Soccer Club?

Having the privilege of coaching the Stanford Lightning girls team from 2005 to 2012. I was fortunate to start with them as U9s and coached them all the way to U17. During that time, I grew as a coach and teacher as they grew from excitable little girls to thoughtful and poised young adults.

Additional

Former Head Coach and Assistant Coach District II Olympic Development Program, Girls; Former Varsity Head Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach, Gunn High School; USSF Grade 8 Referee

ssc-coaches | Stephanie Darling

Stephanie Darling

Teams

U13G Flares, U16G Supernova

Hometown

Edinburgh, Scotland

Licenses

Scottish FA Level 1 & 2 in Youth and Children

Playing experience

Scottish Football Program, amateur Scottish women's team

Best soccer advice you ever got?

"Winning isn't everything but wanting to win is." "It's not over until the final whistle." "If you do not believe you can do then you have no chance at all!"

Best experience(s) as a coach at the Stanford Soccer Club?

I began coaching with Stanford SC in November 2011 when I took a U12 girls team. They were not shy in telling me they did not have the success they wanted in the league and tournaments, but I knew with hard work and belief that would change. In a single season, the girls won the league, were crowned Palo Alto Tall Trees Tournament champions and runners up at District Cup! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a group of players start believing in themselves and in what they can achieve.

Pedro Duarte

Pedro Duarte

Teams

08B Black Tremors, 08G Dust Devils, and 09G Vortex

Hometown

East Palo Alto, CA

Playing experience

Played for Stanford SC, Palo Alto SC, MVLA SC, and Redwood City SC. High school four years on the Varsity Team. Also, played at Santa Barbara City College.

Best soccer advice you ever got?

Try your Best and Have Fun!

Additional

I believe strongly that as a coach I have a great opportunity to not only teach the aspects of the game but to help instill a lifelong passion and love for the sport. A good coach understands that respect is to be earned and understands that they do not control the team, they are part of the team. Do more for others then you do for your self!

 ssc-coaches | Molly Goodman

Molly Goodman

Teams

U19G Heat, U18G Firestorm

Hometown

Denver, CO

Playing experience

Stanford University, during high school was twice selected for the Colorado All-State First Team as a striker forward, Premier club soccer in San Francisco after college

Best soccer advice you ever got?

Be on time for practice!

Best experience(s) as a coach at the Stanford Soccer Club?

Getting to know 30 wonderful girls and their families over the last seven years. Hanging out at Morgan Hill. Working with the terrific head coaches and great managers of my teams!

Ross Ireland

Teams

Stanford 2005B Supercell, Stanford 2004G Shockwave, USSF Girls Development Academy

Hometown

Liverpool, England

Licenses

UEFA

Playing experience

St. George in Sydney Australia, New Zealand's National Youth Selection, FC Barcelona in Spain, Southampton FC in England

Vava Marques

Vava Marques (Executive Director)

Teams

United 00 Fuego, United 01 Fireballs, United 05 Aftershocks

Hometown

Uberlandia, Brazil

Licenses

USSF "B" License

Playing experience

Milwaukee Wave (pro, indoor soccer), San Jose Earthquakes/Blackhawks (pro), Foothill College (All-American and team captain), Goiania Sports Club (pro, Brazil)

Best soccer advice you ever got?

Be the first one on the field and the last one off.

Best experience(s) as a coach at the Stanford Soccer Club?

Winning five State Cups with our teams. When a parent or player thanks me for being their coach and for being a part of our program. Watching our kids succeed every weekend as a team.

Additional

Stanford SC Executive Director Head coach of Juventus Academy U18 mens team. Stanford Palo Alto Futsal League Founder and Director. US Futsal Men's National Team Assistant Coach. 2006 Cal-Pacific Conference Coach of the Year. US Futsal National Club Champions (10+). CONCACAF Qualifier/FIFA Futsal World Gold Medal (2004) Coast Conference Coach of the Year (Foothill College 2001, 2004).

SSC Coach | JJ Mayora

JJ Mayora

Teams

U10G Typhoons, U11G Blackouts, U12G Eclipse, U12G Cyclones

SSC Coach | Juan Mayora

Juan Mayora

Teams

U10G Typhoons, U11G Blackouts, U12G Eclipse, U12G Cyclones

Marco Santillan

Marco Santillan

Hometown

TBA