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Coaching Staff

Craig McGill

Director of Coaching

USSF National “B” License

National Fitness License Level 1

Coach Craig grew up in Scotland playing soccer.  He was chosen for the County Select Team and he was captain for Ferguslie Utd U21 when the team became Scottish Champions in.  Craig has played professional soccer with the Scottish Division 2 Stenhousemuir Reserves and with Burgh Juniors.

Coach Craig has over 18 years of coaching experience.  Coach Craig led La Jolla High School to become CIF Champions.

Coach Craig achieves success by instructing his players to do the simply thing quickly. He strives to be a role model on and off the field.  Craig believes that a love for the greatest game in the universe can bring everyone together regardless of race, religion, color, or creed.  Craig coaches because soccer can take you from the depths of despair to making your heart soar in seconds.  He enjoys seeing his players with a huge smiles and watch them grow into adults.  When not coaching soccer, Craig’s favorite activity is being with his family – no matter where they may be.ons in 1997 and took Palomar College to the playoffs in 1997 and 1998.  He coached club soccer in New Jersey and San Diego before joining the Poway Vaqueros in 2000.  Craig has coached both boys and girls teams, taking them to high levels of competition.  His numerous accomplishments with Poway include: Presidio League champions at Premier Elite, Premier, AAA, and AA-A levels; Premier Champions undefeated; National Cup Semi-finalists; ODP ’93-Girls State and Regional Champions (undefeated); Gothia Cup (international tournament) playoffs (lost in PKs); and finalists at Nomads and NHB tournaments, as well as others.  Coach Craig was instrumental in bringing a USL U20 mens team to Poway to successfully compete in the Super-20 League.  Craig became a Director of Coaching in 2005.

Distinguished Quotes from the Soccer World about Coach Craig:

Craig is an affable character whose empathy for those under his charge is evident throughout.  He brings a great depth of knowledge and coaching expertise to any program in which he is involved.
     Graham Smith, Former Chelsea FC Director

Craig has a great understanding of the game.  “A joy to work with and play, if I could only understand him.
     Wilmer Cabrera, Colombian National Team,  2 FIFA World Cups

 Motivational – great leadership qualities.  “At trying times, inspirational”.
     Ranbir Shergil, Ventura Fusion Owner

Craig has qualities that are very rare to find in a coach, he is resolute and effective, the specialist who deserves admiration, but also the friend who both respects those around him and commands their respect.
     Jim Simmonette, FC Clyde, President Jimmy Johnstone Soccer Academy


Jean Willrich

Director of Coaching

USSF National “B” License

Coach Jean, a native of Koblenz, Germany, played club soccer and professionally in his home country before joining Dutch First Division club PSV Eindhoven during the 1977-1978 season, when they won the UEFA Cup. Coach Jean played with the San Diego Sockers from 1978 to 1988 as part of his 17 year professional soccer career, which also included playing for the Pumas and Wichita Wings.  Jean is in the San Diego Sockers Hall of Fame and his jersey number (15) has been retired.  Coach Jean played in the US Olympic team in 1984 and recorded a goal and assist during the Olympic Games.

Coach Jean began coaching youth soccer in 1989 and has organized successful youth soccer camps and clinics throughout San Diego.  He is a former coach at Rancho Bernardo High School, and Patrick Henry High School.  Jean was a coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 1997-2000.  Coach Jean has been coaching with Poway Vaqueros since 1997 and has been a coaching director since 2005.  He has coached both boys and girls teams at nearly every age level.  His teams have won numerous tournaments and have advanced to higher brackets in Presidio League under his guidance.

Coach Jean grew up loving soccer and hopes to instill a love for the game in the players he coaches. (For more on Jean’s childhood, click here.) He makes practice fun and challenging.  He emphasizes skill development, especially at the younger ages, and always expects players to do their best.  As a director, Jean strives to place players at the right level where they can develop and grow to find success at a higher level of competition.

Check out this great video from Coach Jean’s Sockers Days:

Christine Drummond

Director of Player Development

USSF National “D” License

Coach Christine began playing soccer at a young age, moving into competitive in 3rd grade.  She went on to play varsity soccer at Patrick Henry High School and dabbled in varsity soccer in college, though mostly enjoyed playing college intramurals. Coach Christine started refereeing soccer at the age of 12 and continued through college.  Christine has played indoor soccer, in women’s as well as co-ed soccer leagues, and even occasionally has played in men’s leagues.

Coach Christine coached recreational soccer for a year and coached the All Star team at the conclusion of that season.  She has coached competitive soccer with the Vaqueros since 2003.  Coach Christine’s teams have won numerous tournament championships and advanced through several brackets in Presidio League. Christine was named Vaqueros coach of the year (2005-2006), is a PYSL Camp Director, and the Director of Player Development.

Coach Christine loves to coach and uses the opportunity to infuse kids with a passion for the sport.  She teaches her players about the various aspects of soccer, from the basic fundamental skills to the complex, higher order skills and tactics.  Her goals are for players to have fun, develop skills, enjoy the sport, and experience teamwork.  Coach Christine is a positive role model and develops her players as people teaching them life skills.


Matt Adams

USSF Competitive “E” License

Matt grew up in Denver, CO and has enjoyed playing soccer since he was 8.  After playing four years of varsity high school soccer, he went on to play at the college level for Fresno Pacific University.  That team was nationally ranked among NAIA teams three of the four years he played.  After moving to the Poway area, Matt coached his sons’ PYSL recreational teams as well as 2 all star teams over the past 6 years.  He is looking forward to coaching and sharing his love of soccer with young and developing athletes.  His coaching philosophy and desire is that the athletes increase their skills, develop good sportsmanship and grow their love for the game.


John Carnaroli

USSF Competitive “D” License

Level 8 Referee License

Coach John has played recreational and competitive soccer since the fourth grade, including the varsity team at Del Campo High ( Sacramento, CA).  During college he played rugby at SDSU and went on to play for OMBAC Rugby Club. Currently Coach John plays on two different men’s soccer teams in the over 40 league.

Coach John was an assistant coach for the SDSU rugby team as well as helped coach the Southern California (SCRFU) collegiate All Star rugby team. He has been coaching youth soccer since 2004, working with kids from ages 5-10.  In 2006, he coached the PYSL boys U8 All Star team and in 2008 he coached the PYSL girls U8 All Star team.  He has been with Vaqueros since 2008..

Coach John enjoys teaching kids the concept of sportsmanship and the skills of the game.  His goal is to instill a love of soccer and respect for other players, coaches, and referees.  He hopes to pass on what he learned from his high school soccer coach: the value of setting goals and being rewarded when working hard to reach those goals.


Sergio A. Castillo

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Sergio attended Orange Glen High School where his team won the CIF San Diego Division II Championship in 2007. After graduating from Orange Glen High School, he accepted a full ride scholarship to play soccer at Creighton University, where he was a four year starter. He also participated in three Division I NCAA Tournaments.

Coach Sergio has been a Vaqueros player since 2006. He participated in the Vaqueros U-16, U-17, and the USL Super-20 League. Coach Sergio has helped coach the Vaqueros advanced summer camps, Junior Vaqueros, and Friday night skills clinic.

In 2011, Sergio was selected by the Houston Dynamo in the second round of the Major League Soccer Draft. Sergio was the only 25th player from Creighton University to be drafted by an MLS team. He also played for Ventura Fusion (PDL), where he played against MLS teams during the summer.

Sergio currently plays in various leagues in North County, and is currently assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team at Orange Glen High School.


Gerardo Costes

USSF Competitive “E” License

13+ years of Coaching experience:

  • High School: Rancho Bernardo High School: Boys JV (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • Club: 2002-2012. Coaching Boys from U10 to U16
  • Recreational: WYSA (Vancouver, Wa.) and RBYSA (San Diego, Ca.): Boys and Girls from U4 to U10 (1999-2002)

30+ years of playing experience:

  • Professional: Pumas U.N.A.M. Central Reserve Team, Mexico (1986-1987)
  • College: I.T.E.S.M. Estado de Mexico: Team Captain, Scholarship (1984-1988)
  • Semi-professional: Cantabria, Liga Española: 7 times Selected for Mexico City’s all-star team (1983-1993)
  • Amateur Competitive: San Diego County Soccer League over 30’s (2005-2010), H&P over 40’s (2010-today).


Rob Crafts

USSF National “D” License

Class 8 Referee License

Rob was born in San Diego and first started playing soccer in Pacific Youth Soccer League. His family moved to Japan when he was 10 and returned to Camp Pendleton 3.5 years later. He began playing for competitive teams in Vista and Fallbrook and played varsity at Fallbrook HS for 3 years. He played one year (JV) at Yale until a knee issue ended his competitive soccer.

Most enjoyable playing experiences: Rob has played in competitive and friendly tournaments and leagues in 8 Asian countries while playing for and managing an expatriot team based in Seoul, Korea. Rob currently plays for and helps manage a SuperMajor team in the SDCSL.

Rob has coached kids in indoor, rec and all star seasons for years and is starting his 2nd season with Vaqueros.

His goal is to teach technique and tactics to enable his players to rise to their highest levels while also encouraging positive life skills. He hopes to impart in his players a life-long love of the beautiful game.


Aaron Fenalson

USSF Competitive “E” License
Aaron prepped at Rancho Bernardo High School where he still holds school records as a goalkeeper. In his youth he spent 10 years playing for the Poway Vaqueros. His Vaquero team is considered one of the best to play for the club. After a successful youth and prep career Aaron moved to LA to play collegiate soccer for Biola University. While at Biola he received 3 All-American honors as well as 3 All- Conference honors. At the end of his career he amassed 3 National Defensive Players of the Week Awards, 8 Confernece Defensive Player of the Week Awards and amassed over 28 career shutouts. After his college career was finished Aaron played in the USL’s PDL for the Southern California Seahorses and the Kitsap Pumas.
Aaron began coaching for the Poway Vaqueros doing various clinics and camps for the club. After moving to both LA and Washington Aaron coaching clubs, high school, camps and clinics, and held private lessons. He was recently the Varisty assistant coach at his Alumni Rancho Bernardo High School where they were CIF Finalist in 2014.


 Chris Gallinetti

USSF/ Cal South National Competitive “E” License

Cal South Grade 8 Referee License

Coach Chris’s love for coaching started in 2004, when he coached his first All Star Team. For the past 10 years Coach Chris has been head coach for all levels of girls soccer from GU10-GU19. In addition to PQ and Presidio soccer, he coaches All Stars, a competitive 6 v 6 indoor team, as well as a 3 v 3 high school girls team and spring soccer. Coach Chris has coached many players who have gone on to play forPoway, Westview,Mt.Carmel, and Del Norte Girls soccer programs.

With many league and tournament titles under his belt, Coach Chris emphasizes working in a positive environment, while continuing to improve soccer skills, teamwork, dedication, determination and instilling a love for the game.


Benjamin Henry

Ben has been a PYSL and Vaqueros player since 1996, starting with a couple of years in the rec program and then playing on Vaqueros teams from U8 in 1998 to Super-20 teams in 2008-2010.  He has played primarily as a forward and a goalkeeper, but worked some time at all positions.  In his Vaqueros career, he enjoyed trips with his teammates to he 2007 Gothia Cup in Sweden and to the 2009 USL S-20 North American finals in Illinois.  Ben helped out the club by working as a youth coach in the Junior Vaqueros and Friday night skills clinics.

Ben was a senior on the 2008 Poway High School team that reached the CIF Regional Playoff finals.

Since leaving high school, Ben has been a player and referee for adult indoor teams in Poway and Santee.

Since the 2008-9 season, Ben has been the Freshman boys coach for Poway High School.


Jantz Hoffman

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jantz has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old.  As a youth player in Norther California he played for the Redwood Rebels and participated on the ODP regional team.  In high school, Coach Jantz was a member of Arcata High Schools varsity team for 4 years and twice was selected as a HDNL all-county player.  Coach Jantz went on to play collegiality at Humboldt State University where he was recognized as GNAC all-conference in 2001.   Coach Jantz began training teams while still playing in college ranging from U10-U19.

Coach Jantz believes in the development of both play and person through soccer.  It is his belief that the lessons of discipline, effort, team work and perseverance not only make for a great soccer players but great people as well.


Steve Johnson

USSF Competitive “E” License
Licensed youth soccer coach since 1986
Current Poway High School boys JV soccer coach – 6 years
Licensed USSF referee
Referee Sportsplex USA (indoor soccer)
CPR & First Aid certified
2 years Varsity, Mira Mesa High School

I began playing soccer in San Diego at age 10 and played on several youth and all-star teams, including a BU-14 Select team that traveled throughout Colombia, South America, for a month. I went on to play two years varsity soccer at Mira Mesa High School and have played in various adult leagues (men’s and co-ed) in Mira Mesa, Robb Field, and North County Soccer Park.

A couple of my more recent accomplishments include guiding the current BU-18/19 Green team from AA-C to Premier (now Flight 1 of the San Diego Developmental Academy (“SDDA”)) in 4 years and State Cup semi-finalists (Presidents Division). I guided the current BU-14/15 Green team from AA-B to Flight 1 of the SDDA in 3 years. In the last few years, my teams have won the Poway Country Shootout, Kickin’ It Challenge, Carlsbad Coastal Classic, Notts Forrest Labor Day Classic, Arsenal Winter Showcase, and Albion Cup.

In addition to my Poway Youth Soccer League responsibilities, I’ve coached the Poway High School Freshmen soccer team (2 years) and have coached the JV soccer team the last 4 years. I’m a USSF Grade 8 licensed referee and a certified USISA indoor soccer referee. Finally, I’m CPR and first aid certified.

I’ve attended youth soccer tournaments from San Diego to Bakersfield, Tempe (AZ), the Hawaii International Football Festival (Oahu, Hawaii) and, the Manchester International Football Festival (Manchester, England). I eat, sleep and dream the game of soccer and I want to instill that love for the game in each player I coach!



Doug Lange

Junior Vaqueros, TOPSoccer

USSF National “C” License

National Youth License

Licensed Referee Instructor

Coach Doug grew up playing and watching soccer in San Diego. The youth teams that he played on formed the kernel of what became the Nomads club. He played for La Jolla High School and into college, and continues to play soccer in men’s leagues and pick-up games.

Coach Doug has been coaching for over 11 years.  He coached recreational soccer with PYSL and has coached with Vaqueros since 2002. He is a firm believer that a professional must continually expand his or her ability. As such, he has attended the US Soccer National Coaching School twice, attended state coaching clinics, spent numerous hours studying videos, books, and periodicals on the subject of coaching soccer, and frequently exchanges ideas with other coaches, including coaches throughout the world over the internet.  Twice his Vaqueros teams have been Presidio League Champion.

Coach Doug developed the Junior Vaqueros program with Coach Reiner to provide our youngest players with the best possible early experience with soccer. In 2006 at the National Coaching School, he spent a week in the National Youth License course working with the latest coaching approaches for younger players, and continues to research the best practices in coaching younger players by coaches around the world. Coach Doug makes his practices fun.  Soccer is about having fun, and the better you learn to play, the more fun it is. He believes it is important that kids get a chance to learn to play soccer properly, in a positive environment.


Chris Longwell

Chris Longwell has been coaching soccer for 11 years.  He started as an assistant coach with Chula Vista’s Futibal Soccer Academy.  Their focus was on developing foot skills and ball control for four and five year old children. He has since earned a reputation for being an excellent coach for children of all ages.  Chris’ philosophy has always been on focusing on each child’s individual development, as well as the development of the team.  The teams he has coached have won numerous championships.

Chris Longwell has been playing soccer for 31 years.  He began as a five year old playing recreational soccer and was quickly recognized for his abilities and natural talent.  He played for various select teams in the Bay Area while growing up.  He played for competitive club teams and his high school team.  His high school coach was a firm believer of futsal training, therefore Chris had the opportunity to practice with the US National Futsal Team and play two US games!  Chris went on to play two years of college soccer until he suffered a knee injury.  He currently still plays recreational indoor soccer four times a week.

Chris’ passion for soccer carries on through his coaching of soccer skills and fundamentals!



Amine Rachedi

USSF Competitive “E” License

My goal at the club present and future  is to make sure not only that the kids are having a great time playing the beautiful game but also to be able to teach it to them correctly.  I also hope to bring a state championship to club or be part of assisting many of the other great coaches with this goal.

Past coaching experiences

J.V coach at Mt. Carmel High School Head coach at Pruss High School

Freshman Head Coach, Asst. Coach @ Orange Glen H.S.

Head Coach w/ Colin Garon @ Orange Glen High School.




Jen Schultz

USSF Competitive “E” License

Jen grew up with a love for soccer and began playing in the 2nd grade and played into her young adult years. She discovered that she has that same love for coaching soccer when she began coaching her daughter’s team in 2008. Jen has been coaching for Poway Youth Soccer League since then. She coached the Girls U10 all-star team in 2010 and 2011 and Boys U9 all-star team in 2012. She has coached competitive soccer with the Vaqueros since 2011.

Jen supports high self-esteem in each of her players by accepting them just as they are. She builds on their strength while helping them improve their individual skills as needed in a positive environment.


Mike Smith

USSF “B” License

Mike starts his third season with the Vaqueros Soccer Club and came to us with 25 years of coaching experience. He has coached ages 5 through 19 boys and girls, both local and state level. Mike also has experience at coaching at the High School and Community College level. He has been a Cal South staff coach since 2005, serving as head coach, assistant coach, and ODP scout. Mike holds a USSF “B” license as well as a National Youth license.

Mike believes if a player is having fun they will put more energy into their training and games. If you add a challenging curriculum and a little self-discovery you will have success in the development of players.


Kelli Tarantino

USSF Competitive “E” License

Kelli has been around soccer practically since the day she was born. With a family super involved in the soccer world, she became interested in the sport at a very young age. Kelli began playing competitively at the age of 8. She played club soccer through elementary school, middle school and high school. She finished her club years as a Vaquero under the coaching expertise of Craig McGill. In high school she was given the chance to play in international tournaments in Spain in 2003 and in Italy in 2004. Her team was eliminated in the semi finals in Spain and took the Championship in Italy. Kelli had the pleasure of assistant coaching under the direction of Christine Drummond and hopes to utilize the skills she learned from her with her own team.


Armando Torres

USSF National “D” License

Coach Armando has over thirty years of playing experience.  He represented Ana Maria Carranza Jr. High and Jose Ruben Romero High school in Soccer State cups (Michoacán Mexico) in addition to playing for the City of Cotija Michoacán in Soccer State cup for U17.  As an adult, he was part of two time champion team in a internal league of University Autónoma of Guadalajara (U.A.de.G), and tried out to be part of Tecos (U.A.de.G), a Mexican professional soccer team.  He has played in varies Budweiser soccer cup’s in Orange County CA and currently plays for Old Pro’s soccer league in Scripps Ranch.Coach Armando was the P.E. teacher for a Jr. High in Cotija Michoacán México, and coached various ages of boys soccer teams in Mexico for two years.  He has coached for U6, U7, U8 and U10 at AYSO Region285.  Armando has coached with the Jr. Vaqueros program for one year.

Coach Armando helps his players grow to learn and learn to grow, because their knowledge should never stop growing.


Michael Willrich

USSF Competitve  “E” License

Michael has played soccer his whole life; he grew up playing and loves the game. Michael went to Scripps Ranch High School where his team won CiF in 2004 and he was awarded CIF player of the year for San Diego County. Michael played for Poway Vaqueros during high school and went on to play at University of California, Irvine where in 2009 they were quarter finalist in the NCAA tournament. Michael has coached three seasons with Poway and has been a large part of our summer camp program for the last 8 years.