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Golden Valley names new boys soccer coach

School picks Juan Paolo to head the boys varsity team

Posted: April 15, 2013 11:25 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 11:25 p.m.

Golden Valley High School has named its new varsity boys soccer coach, the school announced Friday.

Former Cal State Northridge women’s soccer head coach Juan Paolo will take over at Golden Valley, replacing Charles Martinez at the position.

Paolo becomes the team’s fourth head coach since the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.

Most recently, Paolo spent the past three seasons coaching the Pete Knight High boys varsity soccer team, which he guided to its first Golden League title in school history in 2012.

This past season, his team finished third in the Golden League with an 11-5-6 overall record.

Prior to coaching at Knight, Paolo also served as head coach of the Highland girls varsity soccer team, which he led to a Golden League championship in 1998.

Paolo also played internationally in Argentina before moving to the United States and playing briefly on the USA national team.

“I am looking forward, not to just a winning season, but by doing so, the future placement of these players in college programs,” Paolo said, according to a press release from Golden Valley High. “I promise a lot of hard work and a winning attitude.”

This season, the Golden Valley boys soccer team finished fifth in the Foothill League with a 6-10-5 mark under Martinez, who coached just one season with the boys team. He also coached the prior two seasons with the Golden Valley girls soccer team.

Martinez took over the program in November a few weeks before the start of soccer season after former head coach Fausto Arana unexpectedly resigned.

At that time, Martinez moved over from the girls to the boys program, leaving Adam Yassaman to be named head coach of Golden Valley’s girls soccer team. The school also announced Friday that Yassaman will remain coach of the girls team.


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