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MLS Next Director of Coaching.
At Strikers FC Irvine since 2019.
Current coaching license: USSF A
Coach Willie Diaz comes to Strikers with a great reputation and pedigree and is currently coaching as an assistant coach with the professional team, Cal United Strikers and is working with Strikers FC ECNL teams. He has be involved with USYNT as recently as of 2020 working the US West Regional Camp for the boys 2006 age group.
William (Willie) Diaz is well known in the Souther California soccer community. A local product of the city of Los Angeles, he played club soccer for one of the top teams in the country at Valley United Blast out of the San Fernando Valley. Willie attended Reseda High School where he set the record for most goals in a single season, and left Reseda as the all-time leading scorer in school history. He was chosen in consecutive seasons as 1st Team All LA Times and 1st Team All Daily News Team along with achieving 1st team all conference during his junior and senior years. He continued his playing career by attending California State University of Northridge and playing all four years with the program where he earned 2nd Team All MPSF honors. After a couple stints in Spain (2nd Division ) he decided to pursue a career in coaching.
His coaching journey began an assistant coach for the Men and Women soccer at his alma mater Cal St. Northridge for a total of 5 seasons. Where he helped the women’s program make their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance as part of the coaching staff in 2012. In addition, he was also on the staff during the 2004 season as CSUN finished nationally ranked and received a birth to the NCAA Playoffs. He continued his collegiate coaching career by spending 6 season as the top assistant for the powerhouse women’s soccer program at LA Pierce College. In his six season as the lead assistant the accumulated a overall record of 78W – 24L – 26 T, 3 Conference titles and an interim head coaching record of 5W- 2L -1T with two of the five victories coming in the playoffs.
In the youth ranks, Willie success has also been stellar, as he has spent time in various clubs around Southern California. He comes to Strikers from TFA (Total Futbol Academy) where he was Director of Coaching. During his time at TFA he accomplished the following:
2017, 2018, 2019 Top Drawer Soccer and Got Soccer #1 Ranked team in the country 2006
2019 Nexen Manchester City Cup Champions 06
2019 Nexen Manchester City Cup Finalist 07
2018 Surf Cup Champions 06
2018 Surf Cup Finalist 07
2018 Nexen Manchester City Champions 06
2017 Surf Cup Finalist 06
2017 Nexen Manchester City Champions 06
2017 Surf Cup Finalist 05
2017 Premier Super Copa Champions 06
2016 Surf Cup Champions 06
2016 Surf Cup Finalist 05
2016 Surf Cup USSDA Champions 05
2016 Surf Cup USSDA Finalist 04
2016 Nexen Manchester City Champions 06
2016 State Cup Champions 06
2016 Coast Soccer League Gold Champions 06
2016 Coast Soccer League Cup Champions 06
2015 State Cup Finalist 05/04s
2015 Surf Cup Champions 06
2015 Vegas Cup Champions 05
2015 Coast Soccer League Gold Champions 06
2015 Coast Soccer League Cup Champions 06
2015 Coast Soccer League Cup Champions 05
At Real So Cal, Willie was a USSDA Staff Coach for U16s and U18s – During his time with the academy they lost in the finals of the United States Soccer Developmental Academy (USSDA) Final in 2010. Other notable accomplishments achieved : 2x Surf Cup Champions ; Coast Soccer League Champions Gold ; Las Vegas Showcase Champion.
While at Samba Soccer Club he lead the Girls U18 team to National Cup Championship where they went on to lose in the US Youth Regional Championship Semi finals. He also helped guide the Girls U16 team to the similar achievement before losing in Regionals . Other notable trophies include CSL Premier U16 Champions , Cal South vs Cal North Champions U16 .
His favorite sport teams are Dodgers, Lakers, Real Madrid.