Oliver Germond of Fresno City College was honored Friday as a national coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association.
Germond, who received the award in Philadelphia, led the Rams women’s soccer team to the Central Valley Conference title and a trip to the state final four, going 22-1-2 — with the only loss a 2-1 overtime defeat to eventual state champion Cerritos.
“I was honored, shocked and surprised all at once,” said Germond, who has been the Fresno City coach for 14 years. “I’m just proud of our program and the culture we have created for our student-athletes.”
While it was the first time Germond has received a national coaching recognition. He added that it’s a great honor for the Rams program, which finished sixth in the nation.
“This is a result of all the effort from our current and former players and our amazing coaching staff,” Germond said. “I’m appreciative of such a huge award, but it’s a result from a lot of people that have been part of our program.”
Germond also was named a regional coach of the year, as was Rams men’s soccer coach Eric Solberg, who guided Fresno City to a 13-8-3 record.
“It’s a nice award to get,” Solberg said of his third regional coach of the year honor. “It’s voted on by your peers and we finished strong. … I wasn’t expecting to get it.”
Also honored were Rams Freshman Alyssa Lugo (first team All-American) and sophomore Maricruz Chapa (second team).