Savio Carrijo - Executive Director
Coaching Experience - Coaching in the U.S since 2003 he has served as a coach in the collegiate, high school and youth club level. Savio has served as an assistant coach for Division 1 school San Jose State University Men’s Soccer (2014-16). Savio has been the head coach of both the men's and women's soccer programs at Santa Clara's Mission College for three seasons (2011-13). Prior to Mission College, he worked as an assistant coach at Menlo College, Los Altos High School, Saint Francis High School and Castilleja High School. In addition, he has coached youth teams at the Stanford SC, Palo Alto SC and Mountain View - Los Altos SC. Savio currently holds the Technical Director role at Palo Alto Soccer Club and coaches the 03B Blue NPL team as well the 04 Silicon Valley USSDA team.
Licenses and Coaching Education - Savio holds his USSF National B License and the National NSCAA Premier Diploma. He earned his B.S. in Health Science with a minor in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. In addition, he holds an AA in Human Performance from Foothill College.
Playing Experience - Savio began his playing career in his home country of Brazil for the Goias Esporte Clube. After moving to the Bay area in 2003, Savio joined the World United Futsal team where he won three US national championships. He also participated in the Intercontinental Futsal Cup in Algave, Portugal (2007). In 2005 he was awarded a Student-Athlete full scholarship at San Jose State where he earned Scholar-Athlete awards. After college, Savio played for San Jose Frogs FC a team based in San Jose, California, United States. Founded in 2005, the team played in the USL Premier Development League.
Personal Statement - Soccer has always been my passion so the transition from being a soccer player to becoming a soccer coach was quite natural. It’s very rewarding to be part of the development of youth soccer players on and off the field. I consider myself very lucky to have one of my passions be what I get to do on a daily basis- yes, I live and breath soccer for the most part. However, when I am off the field, as a Morgan Hill resident, you will find me having a picnic at a local winery with my family and friends. Of course, I have to admit, you'll also find me playing soccer with my two kids on my time off.
Rafael Soares - Technical Director
Coaching Experience - Coaching in the U.S since 2003 he has served as a coach in the collegiate, high school and youth club level. Rafael has served as an assistant coach for Division 1 school San Jose State University Women’s Soccer (2014-15) and has earned NSCAA Mountain West Conference Championship in 2015. Prior to San Jose State University, he worked as an assistant coach Saint Francis High School and Washington High School. In addition, he has coached youth teams at Sunnyvale Alliance, FC Fremont, Mountain View - Los Altos SC, and Palo Alto Soccer Club. Rafael currently holds the Goalkeeper Program Director role at Palo Alto Soccer Club and coaches the 05 Silicon Valley USSDA team.
Licenses and Coaching Education - Rafael holds his USSF National B License and the National NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Playing Experience - Born and raised in the State of Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil, Rafael begun his professional soccer career in 1993, playing for Esporte Clube Novo Hamburgo, in the same city he grew up. From 1993 to 2002, Rafael played as a PRO-level goalkeeper for five different clubs in south of Brazil.
Personal Statement - I live in Gilroy-CA with my wife Patricia, daughter Luna and son Julian. I grew up following my father's steps on soccer fields every weekend for my entire childhood. Soccer has been my passion ever since I was a little kid. I was able to pursue my dream and play soccer professionally thanks to my determination and family's support. When I moved to US in 2002 I soon started my coaching career giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge, passion and experience to those whom I coach.