Women's Soccer Names Orlando Cervantes an Assistant Coach
Feb. 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Head Women's Soccer Coach Mick Lyon announced the hiring of Orlando Cervantes as an assistant coach, replacing Woody Sherwood, who left to be the head coach at Xavier University. Cervantes served as the assistant head coach at Cal Poly the past two seasons.
"Orlando is an experienced coach who has worked with youth, college and professional soccer players throughout his career," Lyon said, "and I expect him to have a great influence on the IU women's soccer program. Coming from the West Coast will add some new dimensions to the program for both the current players and future recruits. It's great to have Orlando and his family join the Hoosier Nation."
Throughout his career, he has coached multiple NCAA and NAIA All-Americans, eight MLS players, six Women's Professional Soccer players and United States National Team players.
"I am excited about joining the Indiana family," Cervantes said. "I was thoroughly impressed with the team, coaching staff, administration and facilities when I visited. Although it is difficult for me to leave Cal Poly, my family and I look forward to being a part of the Bloomington community. I want to thank Mick Lyon and Indiana University for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to being an integral part in bringing a Big Ten Championship to IU Women's Soccer."
During the 2009 season, Cervantes and the Mustangs won the Big West Conference regular season title and finished with a 14-5-1 record and ranked fourth in the West Region. Prior to Cal Poly, Cervantes served as the head coach and Sports Information Director at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for two seasons.
From 2004-2006, Cervantes was the head coach at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., where he led the team to a pair of top three finishes in his first two seasons as well as developing the highest scoring player in the conference.
He got his start at his alma mater, San Jose State University, in 1998 as an assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer teams. He coached two first-round and one third-round draft picks in the Major League Soccer Draft on the men's side and helped the women's team qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and capture a WAC Championship.
Cervantes also has experience with the Olympic Development Program (ODP), currently a member of the instructional staff with the California Youth Soccer Association as well as the USYSA ODP - Region IV team. He has served as the head coach of the California-North State ODP team.
His professional experience came with the California Jaguars of the United Soccer League (USL), where he was the head coach and assistant general manager responsible for player personnel and operations.
Cervantes graduated with a degree in kinesiology and minor in Spanish from San Jose State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports management.
He and his wife, Rachel, have a son, Canon (6), and a daughter, Graciana (2).
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