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Rob Cummings - Men's Head Coach - Cal State Monterey Bay

After taking over the Cal State Monterey Bay men’s soccer program in March of 2011, Rob Cummings began laying a foundation that promises future success for the Otters. Cummings led CSUMB to a school-record seven CCAA wins in his inaugural campaign and has seen five different players earning All–CCAA honors in his first two campaigns.

In addition to their on–field successes, Cummings’ teams have been very productive both in the community and in the classroom. The Otters are actively involved in a variety of community service activities, including strong support for the Marina Youth Soccer Association.

On the academic front, led by seniors Max Brixey and Dylan Niven earning West Region Scholar All-America honors, the Otters were the only CCAA men’s team to earn the Team Academic Award from the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2012. 

Before becoming an Otter, Cummings served as the associate head coach at Midwestern State (Texas) for four seasons.  During his tenure at MSU, he helped the Mustangs to two NCAA Division II Final Four appearances and four Lone Star Conference crowns.

Cummings began his stint at Midwestern State in 2007 and assisted Head Coach Doug Elder in guiding the Mustangs to a 69–9–7 record in those four years. In his final season at Midwestern the Mustangs rolled to a 19-1-2 record with its only loss of the season coming by the hands of Rollins (FL) in the NCAA semifinals. MSU finished the season as No. 3 in the final NCAA Division II national ranking.

Prior to his stint at Midwestern, Cummings led Bethel (Tenn.) to back–to–back NAIA national tournament appearances as the Wildcats posted a 26–12–4 (.667) record during his two seasons as head coach, earning him Regional Coach of the Year recognition in 2006. Cummings, who also served as Bethel’s associate athletics director in 2006, directed the wildcats to their best–ever regular season in 2006 at 15–4–2 as the Wildcats topped out at No. 16 in the NSCAA/adidas NAIA National Poll before losing in the regional semifinals. During his tenure, the men's program produced three Academic All-Conference players as well as five honorable mention All-American selections.

In 2005, the Wildcats upset NCAA Division II No. 10 St. Leo (Fla.) 2-1 which marked the highest-ranked opponent any Bethel school had beaten regardless of classification.

Prior to Bethel, he served as the men’s and women’s coach at NCAA Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana where he led the Puma men to their first–ever national ranking. The women qualified for the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament in each of his two seasons and hosted a first round match for the first time in five seasons in 2004. </p>.

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Hideki Nakada - Women's Assistant Coach - Stanford

Hideki Nakada, a goalkeeper at University of San Francisco and in Japan’s J-League, joined the Stanford women’s soccer coaching staff in April, 2014. 

Nakada works with the goalkeepers and serves as Stanford’s scouting and video coordinator. He arrived from University of Oregon, where he was the program’s defensive coach and recruiting coordinator in 2013.

Nakada was born in Portugal, the home country of his mother, but grew up mostly in Japan, where his father was from. Nakada was active in the Japanese youth national team system and attended a boarding school that doubled as a soccer training academy.

When his parents relocated to Davis, Calif., because of a business opportunity, Nakada remained in Japan for a time, but then moved to the United States despite not knowing any English, and spent his senior year of high school in Davis.

Nakada played goalkeeper at University of San Francisco in 2001-02 and graduated from the Hilltop with a degree in sociology in 2005. In between, he spent three seasons playing professionally in Japan, two with Omiya Ardija (2002-04) and one with Kyoto Purple Sanga (2004-05).

His collegiate coaching career began with three seasons at Idaho State, and continued with four at Marquette, and one at Oregon, where the Ducks conceded only 22 goals in 19 matches. 

As a Marquette assistant, the Golden Eagles made four NCAA appearances and won a Big East title while earning 17 shutouts in one season, reaching the third round of the NCAA tournament. Natalie Kulla was the conference Goalkeeper of the Year and finished as the school record-holder in career shutouts (43) and goals-against average (0.74). While at Idaho State, the Bengals won Big Sky regular season and tournament honors to advance to the NCAA playoffs.

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Erin Reinke, Cal State Monterey Bay Women's Head Coach

Erin Reinke concluded her second season at the helm of the Cal State Monterey Bay women’s soccer program in 2012. Formerly an assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona for three seasons prior to her arrival at CSUMB, Reinke helped guide the Otters to their most successful season in program history in 2012.
“We had a lot of firsts this season (2012),” Reinke said. “Wins against programs we have never beaten before, a season sweep and a win over a nationally ranked team. One of the biggest firsts was being the pioneer northern school to achieve a weekend sweep at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills in September.”
The Otters set records in wins (8) and conference wins (5) in 2012. The young squad also pulled off an overtime victory at then No. 14 Chico State before returning home to clinch the program’s first CCAA sweep later in the season.
In 2011, the Otters won the program’s first National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. With a 3.36 team GPA, the Otters had the highest among the CCAA schools.

At Pomona, Reinke was responsible for recruiting and primarily training the defense and goalkeepers. Under Reinke’s assistance this season, CPP fell by only a one-goal difference in both match-ups against eventual NCAA Division II National Runner-up UC San Diego. She also assisted in fundraising and organizing camps and clinics.

Prior to Pomona, she was the keepers coach for one season at Long Beach State. She also coached club soccer in Palos Verdes for three years.  Reinke also served on the coaching staff for the nationally-recognized Soccer Plus goalkeeper camp in La Jolla.

Reinke spent 2005 through 2007 playing as an amateur and professional in the Elite Division for women in Denmark. In that three-year span, she played for four teams including one full season with Fortuna Hjorring – one of the top women's teams in the world. She completed her playing career in 2008 with the Ottawa Fury, a member of the USL W-League, who reached the league finals against FC Indiana.

Reinke was the first ever in-state recruit for Arizona State University. A four-year starter at goalkeeper for the Sun Devils, Reinke led ASU to the NCAA Tournament as a senior, losing in the second round to eventual National Semifinalist, University of Portland. She remains the career leader in saves and shutouts at ASU.

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Amy Gerace - Cal State East Bay Womens Soccer Head Coach

Amy Gerace enters her 14th season as head coach of the Cal State East Bay women's soccer team in 2014. Gerace has accumulated 92 victories while guiding the Pioneers to four 10-win seasons. She is the longest tenured coach in the program's 32-year history.

During her time at the helm in Division III (2000-09), Gerace mentored four Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Players of the Year and 18 All-AD3I players. This group is highighted by Class of 2014 Cal State East Bay Hall of Fame Inductee Ashley Shadd Wood (2002-06).

Gerace led the Pioneers to their first ever victory in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play defeating Cal Poly Pomona on Sept. 27, 2009. She has amassed 17 CCAA victories including four wins in 2013.

In 2008, Gerace guided East Bay to its third straight winning season and saw Koree Palmer named AD3I Goalkeeper of the Year. Palmer joined three other Pioneers in Christina Quitasol, Whitney Craign and Breanna Baker on the All-AD3I teams. In 2007, Christina Quitasol earning AD3I Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors and Jackie Cruz collecting the Defensive Player of the Year award. The Pioneers also had four players named to the All-AD3I teams for the second straight season.

Gerace came to Cal State East Bay from Chabot College, where she served as an assistant coach from 1999-2000 and spent one season as the Gladiators' athletics coordinator. Gerace was also a coach at Liberty High School from 1996-2000. During this time, Liberty made their first postseason appearance, making it to the North Coast quarterfinals.

Gerace played two years at Cal State East Bay (1996-97) where she was named All-Nor Cal Athletic Conference her junior season. She played two years at Diablo Valley College and was an all-league performer for Liberty High School.

Gerace received her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, as well as a Master's of Science in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay.

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Steve Miller, Ph.D. - Saint Mary's College of California Lecturer (Kinesiology)

Steve Miller is currently researching the impact that participation in intercollegiate athletics has on the student-athlete's academic and athletic identities. Miller is also exploring the different types of academic majors selected by intercollegiate athletes in Division I and II.

Miller has been lecturing at Saint Mary's College in the Kinesiology Deaprtement since 1998. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997 and has presented on the subject of Moral Education Through Physical Education with At Risk Chirlden, and on psychological momentum. His publications include Sociomoral Education Through Physical Education with At-Risk Children, Quest, vol. 49, pg. 114-129, and Perceptions of psychological  momentum and their effect on performance, in The Sport Psychologist, vol. 5, pg 211-222. 

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Carlos Menjivar, Cal North Director of Coaching - Competitive

Carlos Menjivar is the former Director of Player Development at South Texas Youth Soccer Association. He was part of the US Soccer National Staff as an instructor and coach. Among his many credentials and extensive experience is included the professional Brazilian Coaching License, the esteemed Royal Dutch Football Federation Coaching License, and the Scottish Football Association Coaching License. 

Carlos Menjivar is currently the Cal North Director of Coaching - Competitive. He offers free coaching clinics in additional national level courses. 


Paul Sapsford, Cal North Director of Coaching - Recreational

Paul Sapsford is a USSF ‘A’ licensed coach, and a consultant for the USSF’s new F license. Previously, he coached NCAA Division 1 soccer at Stanford University (Soccer America Coach of the Year, 2002) and Saint Mary’s College. Since 2012 he’s been employed as State Director of Coaching for Cal North, and in addition to his coach education responsibilities he is a Kinesiology instructor and Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Las Positas College, Livermore. He received his BSc (Hons) from Saint Mary’s College (UK) in 1995 (Sport Science), his PGCE from Exeter University in 1998 (Physical Education) and Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2005 (Kinesiology), and had research published in the Journal of Sports Sciences in 1997.

Carlos Menjivar is currently the Cal North Director of Coaching - Competitive. He offers free coaching clinics in additional national level courses. 


David Arakawa, MPT, CSCS

David earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2000. He has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) since 2002. David has worked with young athletes in a variety of sports, including baseball, swimming, basketball, volleyball, football and wrestling. His extensive knowledge of functional anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation/training principles enables him to provide optimal interventions for young athletes.

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Michelle Cappello, MSPT, Physical Therapist

Michelle Cappello received her MS in physical therapy from Boston University. She is certified in PNF, a manual training method for stretching and strengthening. Michelle has worked with local young athletes in a variety of sports, including rowing, soccer, baseball, swimming, basketball, track, skiing, gymnastics and volleyball. Her rehabilitation programs are based on function and performance tailored to each individual athlete. Michelle is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association in both the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine sections. In addition to being an avid soccer player,she is also the Health and Safety Officer for the Tottenham Hotspur East Bay EL Cerrito Futbol Club.

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Tommy Pass, National Athletic Training Services, Certified Athletic Trainer 

Tommy Pass, has worked as a Board Certified Athletic Trainer for over 20 years. He completed his undergraduate work at California State University, Long Beach and a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University. Tommy has worked in many of the traditional athletic training settings including the National Football League, World Football League, Canadian Football League, professional soccer, minor league baseball and the United States Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program. In addition, he is the current director and founder of National Athletic Training Service, an educational and technical recourse for coaches, players, parents and administrators in the area of sports medicine and athletic performance..

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