L.A. Wolves FC Announces Felipe Bernal as New Head Coach for 2018 Season
Esteemed Local Youth, Prep and College Coach Takes Over in Technical Area for L.A. Wolves FC's UPSL Spring 2018 Season and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Run
Bernal already has begun coaching the squad as L.A. Wolves FC (1-0-0) started the 2018 United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) season with an 8-0 victory over Sporting San Fernando on Sunday, March 18. The club also is participating in the CalSouth Adult State Cup (1-0-1) and the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (0-0-0) tournaments.
L.A. Wolves FC Head Coach Felipe Bernal said, "I feel very privileged to be a part of L.A. Wolves FC, grateful for the opportunity and the moment. In the short time that we have had to put the team together it's about me adapting to the players, both returning players and new players coming in. It's been challenging but I think everyone is stepping it up, doing what they we're supposed to do, and I'm looking forward to the season and cup matches ahead."
L.A. Wolves FC President Yan Skwara said, "We are very pleased to bring on Coach Felipe Bernal as he is a man that has been in the game in Southern California for many years, and has plenty of experience under his belt. Coach Felipe leads the charge during the 2018 season including the U.S. Open Cup games that kick off in May. Coaching is a tough business and keeping us on top of the table is a high priority, but Coach Felipe has the knowledge and experience to get the job done. We look forward to a long-term relationship with the entire new coaching staff."
Bernal, 45, is in his third year as an Assistant Coach at Cerritos (Calif.) College, focusing on the technical strength of the men's team. Cerritos College was a California Community College Athletic Association semifinalist in 2017.
Bernal recently wrapped up his 11th season as boys varsity soccer coach at South Gate (Calif.) South East High School where he won a CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship in 2011.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Bernal also has coached extensively at the youth level, and currently serves as an Assistant Coach for South Gate (Calif.) San Lorenzo FC. He previously was Coaching Director for Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) Santa Fe Soccer Club and Club America Academy in Santa Ana (Calif.).
Bernal played varsity soccer at Morningside High School (1989-91) before moving on to a short career as an amateur playing in a number of local leagues.
In addition, Jose Hernandez has agreed to serve as Assistant Coach. Hernandez, 39, holds dual Bachelor's degrees in History and Political Science and a Master's degree in Education from Los Angeles (Calif.)'s Loyola Marymount University. He has been a soccer coach for the last 15 years, with stints at Los Angeles Animo Leadership Charter High School, Irvine (Calif.) Vanguard University and Los Angeles Harbor College.
Bernal's staff also includes fourth-year goalkeeper coach T.J. Neal, new trainer/field manager Alex Barragan, and new assistant coach Erwin Salmeron, who coaches alongside Bernal at South East MS and is a personal trainer.
L.A. Wolves FC
L.A. Wolves FC are an American Soccer club based in Los Angeles, California. We are named after the Los Angeles Wolves, who played in the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the North American Soccer League in 1968.
L.A. Wolves FC are a charter member for the UPSL (United Premier Soccer League) and has qualified for the First Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three consecutive years (2016-'18). The club also manages a women's squad and operated the L.A. Wolves FC Youth Soccer Program.
L.A. Wolves FC participates in the qualifying round for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
Dennis Pope, L.A. Wolves FC Media Relations
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