Men's Soccer Head Coach
Effective spring semester, 2021, Sergio Sousa takes over as the head coach, Blue
Devil Men’s Soccer. A San Joaquin Valley native, Sergio is a graduate of California
State University, Stanislaus, with a BA in Kinesiology, emphasis in Health and Wellness.
He received his Master of Science degree from Ohio University in Recreation and Sport
Sciences—Soccer. In 2020, he became certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine
as a Performance Enhancement Specialist.
Sousa played intercollegiate soccer himself, a year at Modesto Junior College
(2009-10). From MJC, he transferred to CSU, Stanislaus for two more competitive intercollegiate
seasons. He played six seasons professionally after college, 2012-2017, for the Turlock
Express in the Major Arena Soccer League. Throughout, he has been heavily involved
in soccer within the area. He has been an assistant with UC Merced since 2016, helping
the Bobcats achieve consistent playoff status and winning NAIA CALPAC conference championships
in 2018 and 2019. All the while, he has coached youth soccer, serving as a head coach
and Director of Coaching for the Turlock Academica Jrs, which he led to state cup
championship in 2018. Sousa has been involved in the semi-professional level as well.
As head coach for NPSL side, Academica SC, Sousa has coached in multiple U.S. Open
Cup runs, playoff matches, and was named both Conference and Regional Coach of the
Year in the 2019 season.
Sousa is eager for the opportunity to develop an intercollegiate soccer program
at Merced College. “My dream job,” he says, “What I set out to do years ago, after
I was through playing—revive soccer at Merced College, coaching near home and my family,
giving back to the community that helped become who I am today.”
Sergio and his wife Brittney currently live in Turlock with their pet dog Dinho,
named after legendary soccer star Ronaldinho.