Meet The New Members Of Our Technical Staff

Our 2016 season marks the arrival of five new, talented technical directors to San Ramon FC.

These five are well respected coaches in the Northern California soccer community and we are thrilled to welcome them to our club. They are sharing their wealth of soccer knowledge with our players and possess considerable experience coaching and playing collegiately and professionally.

These five further strengthen our existing staff of skilled, dedicated coaches and will help our players develop into better athletes and people. Together with Omar Cervantes (Director of Coaching & Player Development), Andy Mittler (General Manager) and Zlatko Tomic (Girls Technical Director), they comprise our club’s Technical Staff in 2016.

Our technical staff plays an important role in player development for our club as we continue in our mission to develop players, character and community through soccer.

We’d like to introduce you to Mani Salimpour, Jovan Yamagishi, Jacob Pickard, Chris Leer and Dan Chamberlain.


Mani Salimpour – Boys Technical Director

Coach Mani Salimpour is our new Boys Technical Director and the coach for both our 04B Navy and 07B Navy teams.  Mani earned a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  He is also a coach for the NorCal Premier Player Development Program (PDP) State Team and for the PDP Regional Team for Region 6.  His coaching experience includes serving as the Director of Coaching for a youth soccer club in Northern California and as a head coach of a boys’ high school varsity team. 

As a player, Mani was a member of the U17 Iranian Youth National Team, a reserve player in the MLS with the San Jose Clash (better known now as the Earthquakes) and a member of the San Francisco Seals of the A-League. He also played professionally on the Philadelphia Kixx indoor team of the MISL.

Please join us in officially welcoming Coach Salimpour to our club!  He can be reached via email at msalimpour@sanramonfc.com.


 Jovan Yamagishi – Development Director

Coach Jovan Yamagishi is our new Development Director for our recreational program and the coach for our 08B Navy and 04G Navy teams. He has earned an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA along with an Official Class “C” License with the Japanese Football Association.  Jovan has recently served as a Technical Director for another youth club in the East Bay.

Jovan is a former professional player in the Japanese, Uruguayan and Norwegian 1st Divisions.  He was also a member of the team at Hartwick College, an NCAA Division I program.

Please join us in officially welcoming Coach Yamagishi to our club!  He can be reached via email at jyamagishi@sanramonfc.com.


Jacob Pickard – Director of Goalkeeping

Coach Jacob Pickard is our New Director of Goalkeeping and provides specialized, small group training for all goalkeepers in our competitive program.  He has earned the National Goalkeeping Diploma and the Premier Diploma from the NSCAA along with a “B” License from the US Soccer Federation.

Jacob currently serves as the goalkeeper coach for the University of San Francisco’s Men’s team.  His coaching experience includes serving on the staff for the Cal North Olympic Development Program (ODP) and as a head coach for a boys’ varsity high school team in the Bay Area.

Please join us in officially welcoming Coach Pickard to our club!  He can be reached via email at jpickard@sanramonfc.com.


Chris Leer – Assistant Boys Technical Director, U9-U12

Coach Chris Leer is our new Assistant Technical Director for our U9-U12 age groups.  He is also the coach for our 03B Navy team.  Chris has earned a “B” License from the US Soccer Federation and a National Diploma from the NSCAA.  He is currently an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach for UC Davis, an NCAA Division I program.  His coaching experience includes serving on the staff of the Augsburg College women’s team and with the Minneapolis United Soccer Club.

As a player, Chris competed in NCAA Division I as a member of the UC Davis men’s soccer team.

Please join us in officially welcoming Coach Leer to our club!  He can be reached via email at cleer@sanramonfc.com.


Dan Chamberlain – Assistant Boys Technical Director, U13-U19

Coach Dan Chamberlain is our new Assistant Boys Technical Director for our U13-U19 age groups and as the coach for our 02B Navy team.  He has earned a “B” License from the US Soccer Federation along with a National Diploma and a National Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA.  Dan also serves as the Director of Operations for NorCal Premier Soccer League. 

His coaching experience includes coaching for several collegiate programs.  He has been the head coach at UC Santa Cruz, as well as an assistant coach at both Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. Dan has also been staff member of a U18B US Development Academy program in the Bay Area.

Please join us in officially welcoming Coach Chamberlain to our club!  He can be reached via email at dchamberlain@sanramonfc.com.


Members of our technical staff will serve as important points of contact for families in our competitive program. Please take a moment to review our infographic on the 2016 Communication Channels for Competitive Program

Welcome Mani, Jovan, Jacob, Chris and Dan! 

We’re excited to have you join our club and our San Ramon FC family.

 

Visit our staff page to learn more about the coaches on our 2016 coaching staff.

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