The Sonoma Valley United competitive soccer program offers teams for every age group, from U8 through U19. Competitive soccer is for those who are interested in increasing their level of play through furthering the development of skills and knowledge at a higher level of play. These teams are led by highly qualified coaches that train players with a focus on skill development in the early years, and tactical abilities in the later years. While winning is our coaches’ game objective, ensuring player improvement is the primary focus.
Irving Ventura | Director of Coaching
College Playing Experience: UC Irvine & University of San Francisco
Professional Experience: San Jose Earthquakes & FC Arizona
Alma Mater: University of San Francisco
One Thing About Coaching that is Important to Me: Create a fun learning environment for youth to develop
Licenses: NorCal level 1
Years Coaching: Comp - 4 years, Rec - 2 years
Years Playing: 20+ years
Levels Played: Competitive
Alma Mater(s): CSU Monterey Bay
One Thing About Coaching that is Important to Me: Building the person above building the player. Making each kid a better person overall.
Licenses: D (2000) Grassroots (2020)
Years Coaching: 9 years - 2001 High School Varsity (Head Coach), Ursuline High School, Santa Rosa, 2002-2004 U18 Arnhem, Netherlands (Assistant) and 2016 U6 Girls/2017 U8 Girls/2018 U8 Girls/2019 U8 Boys/2011 Girls Competitive (Sonoma)
Years Playing: 14 years -1992-1995 High School/1996-1999 Division 1 College Soccer/2000-2002 Women's Club Soccer/2002-2004 Womens Semi Pro (internationally)
Levels Played: High School 4 years/ Division 1 College 4 years/Womens Club Soccer, Sonoma County 2 years/Women's Semi Pro International, Netherlands
Alma Mater(s): Fresno State University
One Thing About Coaching that is Important to Me: I believe in coaching players to play with their hearts as well as their feet.
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