Men's Soccer Hires Two Assistant Coaches

Feb. 8, 2006

Stanford, Calif.l - The Stanford men's soccer team announced the addition of two new assistant coaches, Jon Pascale and Rob Becerra. Both combine extensive college coaching experience along with recruiting expertise. Head Coach Bret Simon expressed enthusiasm regarding the hirings. 'Jon and Rob are terrific teachers of the game. They excel at developing teams and individual players. Most importantly, they have the right philosophy of dealing with student-athletes that will help our players grow as athletes, students and human beings.'

Jon Pascale most recently has been the Associate Head Coach at Georgetown University where he was involved in all aspects of that program. Prior to that he was Assistant Coach at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an assessor in the Region I (east region) Olympic Development Program as well as a coach in the New Jersey Olympic Development Program. He's also coached teams in the Bowie Lightning Soccer Club and Directed the Georgetown Soccer Camp. Jon is a graduate and former player at American University.

Rob Becerra joins Stanford after a highly successful stint at the University of Redlands as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Men's Soccer Coach and Instructor in the Department of Physical Education. During that time his teams achieved a 126-28-7 record and made five NCAA post-season appearances including a trip to the Division III National Championship Game. Rob's administrative responsibilities included acting as recruiting liaison and a member of the Bulldog Bench fundraising committee for the department. Further, Rob is a member of the Region IV (west region) Olympic Development Program training and evaluating both field players and goalkeepers, as well as with the California South Olympic Development Program. Rob is a graduate and former goalkeeper at the California State University San Bernardino and has a Masters degree in Management from the University of Redlands.

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