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May 25, 2010

Lafaurie named men’s soccer head coach

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 25, 2010) – Announced today by Occidental College Director of Athletics, Jaime Hoffman, Radames Lafaurie has been named the men’s soccer Head Coach beginning this fall.

Lafaurie brings a plethora of soccer knowledge and insight from his playing days as well as his coaching experiences over the last decade, which has spanned from the high school level to the collegiate ranks with additional time spent working with club teams and teaching private lessons.

“We are incredibly excited that Rod accepted our offer,” said Hoffman. “He brings an infectious enthusiasm that was instantly appealing to our student-athletes and search committee. His dynamic personality will also prove to be a great addition to our department staff.”  

A former soccer standout at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. he contributed to two CIF championships teams. As a club player, he guided his teams to numerous Coast Soccer League Premier titles at prestigious tournaments before he continued his soccer career at Cal. State University, Northridge, a Division I member of the Big West. During his four-year career Lafaurie amassed several records and awards, helping the team to perennial top-25 national rankings while consistently participating in the post-season.

After capping off his collegiate career, earning a  Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications in 2005, Lafaurie went on to train with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a reserve for a season under Steve Sampson and followed up with a two-year stint in the Premier Development League (PDL). Simultaneously, while playing professional soccer, Lafaurie completed Master’s coursework in History from CSUN in 2007.

Lafaurie’s ability to combine his academic and athletic pursuits will be instrumental in his transition to the head coaching position at Occidental College, where the academic standards for the student-athletes are held high. Lafaurie was named the 2003 Cal State Northridge Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Matadors.

Beyond the classroom and the field, Lafaurie has a solid foundation in recruiting, scouting and planning/organizing both practices and schedules for his teams and has proven himself by way of the success of those teams he has coached.

Lafaurie comes to Oxy from a head coaching position at the Brentwood School, where he rejuvenated a faltering program, while also coaching for the Westside Breakers.

“Rod comes with a proven history of turning programs around quickly and we are excited to offer support for both him and the team as they enter that transition at Occidental,” Hoffman shared.

Article: Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director