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Alec Sundly Joins Men’s Soccer Staff

Sep 11, 2020
Former Bear Alec Sundly has returned to Cal as a coach.

BERKELEY – California men's soccer alumnus Alec Sundly has returned to the program as a volunteer assistant coach.
 
A member of the Golden Bears' talented 2010 and 2013 teams – both of which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament – Sundly played professionally after leaving Berkeley and most recently was a member of California United Strikers FC of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).
 
"Alec was an outstanding player at Cal during his four seasons," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "He was captain of that 2013 team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the regular season. Having that experience along with his recent professional playing career, Alec will provide invaluable insight to our players on a number of levels. We are grateful to have him back with us."
 
"It's awesome," Sundly, 28, said of his return. "I've been keeping up with Kevin and the Cal guys since I've been gone. Coming back from my European journey in October, it was great to be back in California, be home with family, see my friends, and have that brief period playing with Cal United and reconvene with some Cal alums and Don Ebert, my old head coach.
 
"And now being back at Cal, I'm enjoying it. Being on this staff right now is a great learning experience for me."
 
A midfielder for the Bears, Sundly tallied nine goals and two assists as a senior in 2013. Also in his final season, Sundly was an All-Pac-12 second-team selection and claimed Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. Overall, Sundly scored 14 goals and three assists in 73 games, including 55 starts, for the Bears.
 
The New England Revolution selected Sundly 12th in the second round (31st overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Along with stints with the Rochester Rhinos and the Real Monarchs of the USL, Sundly played in Sweden for Hörvikens IF and Nosaby IF and in Germany for FCA Darmstadt, before the Southern California native joined the Cal United Strikers in Orange County.

Fellow Cal alums Christian Thierjung and Shinya Kadono were among Sundly's teammates at Cal United.
 
"I'm glad we could share that," he said. "I knew Christian a bit more since we were both on the 2013 team, and it was special to reminisce and hear about his journey to Cal United as well as to hear from Shinya about his pro journey."
 
Sundly added, "I was fortunate to have an amazing college experience at Cal. It's great to be back and still be a part of this Cal soccer community and family."