Andrew grew up in San Jose and played club soccer for PAC Brazil 94′ and South San Jose. Andrew played collegiate soccer for Mission College, and still occasionally plays soccer now in Sunday and indoor soccer leagues.
Andrew’s favorite soccer memory involved playing in the first round of the high school soccer playoffs for Evergreen Valley High School in 2011. Their opponent, Watsonville, was the 8th ranked high school soccer team in the nation. Evergreen Valley took Watsonville to penalties after a 1-1 tie and eventually won 5-3 in PKs.
The coach Andrew points to as his biggest inspiration is his high school coach, Demba Diallo. Andrew appreciated that his coach stuck to his belief that hard work and effort would beat out pure talent. His coach would give starting roles to players who had no organized soccer experience, solely due to the fact that they gave their full effort 100 percent of the time. Andrew still takes this belief into his own coaching.
Andrew’s favorite part about coaching is envisioning the things he wants to teach and then seeing that understood and executed. The satisfaction of seeing players learn to understand the game and the concepts of soccer has always been the most gratifying part of coaching soccer for Andrew. Andrew has his USSF F Coaching License.
Andrew’s favorite team is Manchester United, and Steven Gerrard is his favorite player. Andrew enjoys watching sports on TV, with soccer and hockey being his favorites. He also enjoys golfing.