• Valley Open
  • Meadowbrook Upper Open
  • Meadowbrook Lower Open
  • Hilleary Open
  • Arbolitos Open
  • Silverset Open
  • Valley verde Open
  • Tierra Bonita/Twin Peaks Open

Coaching Staff

Craig McGill

Craig McGill

Director of Coaching
USSF National “B” License
National Fitness License Level 1

Coach Craig Mc Gill grew up in Scotland playing soccer.  He was chosen for the County Select Team and he was captain for Ferguslie Utd U21 when the team became Scottish Champions in.  Craig has played professional soccer with the Scottish Division 2 Stenhousemuir Reserves and with Burgh Juniors.

Coach Craig has over 18 years of coaching experience.  Coach Craig led La Jolla High School to become CIF Champions in 1997 and took Palomar College to the playoffs in 1997 and 1998.  He coached club soccer in New Jersey and San Diego before joining the Poway Vaqueros in 2000.  Craig has coached both boys and girls teams, taking them to high levels of competition.  His numerous accomplishments with Poway include: Presidio League champions at Premier Elite, Premier, AAA, and AA-A levels; Premier Champions undefeated; National Cup Semi-finalists; ODP ’93-Girls State and Regional Champions (undefeated); Gothia Cup (international tournament) playoffs (lost in PKs); and finalists at Nomads and NHB tournaments, as well as others.

Coach Craig successfully built the USL U20s to compete and win league in the Southern California Division with LA Galaxy, Chivas USA, and college teams.  The U20s advanced to the National Finals in Chicago playing against MLS teams Chicago Fire, and the New York Red Bulls.  Coach Craig is responsible in assisting many players to play in college with over a million dollars in scholarship funds.  He has also assisted in getting several players looked at by European Pro teams in Germany, England, and Scotland.  Craig became a Director of Coaching in 2005.

Coach Craig achieves success by instructing his players to do the simply thing quickly. He strives to be a role model on and off the field.  Craig believes that a love for the greatest game in the universe can bring everyone together regardless of race, religion, color, or creed.  Craig coaches because soccer can take you from the depths of despair to making your heart soar in seconds.  He enjoys seeing his players with a huge smiles and watch them grow into adults.  When not coaching soccer, Craig’s favorite activity is being with his family – no matter where they may be.


Distinguished Quotes from the Soccer World about Coach Craig:

Craig is an affable character whose empathy for those under his charge is evident throughout.  He brings a great depth of knowledge and coaching expertise to any program in which he is involved.

–Graham Smith, Former Chelsea FC Director

Craig has a great understanding of the game.  “A joy to work with and play, if I could only understand him.

–Wilmer Cabrera, Colombian National Team,  2 FIFA World Cups

Motivational – great leadership qualities.  “At trying times, inspirational”.

–Ranbir Shergil, Ventura Fusion Owner

Craig has qualities that are very rare to find in a coach, he is resolute and effective, the specialist who deserves admiration, but also the friend who both respects those around him and commands their respect.

–Jim Simmonette, FC Clyde, President Jimmy Johnstone Soccer Academy

Jean Willrich

Jean Willrich

Director of Coaching
USSF National “B” License

Coach Jean Willrich, a native of Koblenz, Germany, played club soccer and professionally in his home country before joining Dutch First Division club PSV Eindhoven during the 1977-1978 season, when they won the UEFA Cup. Coach Jean played with the San Diego Sockers from 1978 to 1988 as part of his 17-year professional soccer career, which also included playing for the Pumas and Wichita Wings.  Jean is in the San Diego Sockers Hall of Fame and his jersey number (15) has been retired.  Coach Jean played on the US Olympic team in 1984 and recorded a goal and assist during the Olympic Games.

Coach Jean began coaching youth soccer in 1989 and has organized successful youth soccer camps and clinics throughout San Diego.  He is a former coach at Rancho Bernardo High School and Patrick Henry High School.  Jean was a coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 1997-2000.  Coach Jean has been coaching with Poway Vaqueros since 1997 and has been a coaching director since 2005.  He has coached both boys and girls teams at nearly every age level.  His teams have won numerous tournaments and have advanced to higher brackets in Presidio League under his guidance.

Coach Jean grew up loving soccer and hopes to instill a love for the game in the players he coaches. He makes practice fun and challenging.  He emphasizes skill development, especially at the younger ages, and always expects players to do their best.  As a director, Jean strives to place players at the right level where they can develop and grow to find success at a higher level of competition.

Check out this great video from Coach Jean’s Sockers days:

Christine Drummond

Christine Drummond

Director of Player Development
USSF National “D” License

Coach Christine Drummond began playing soccer at a young age, moving into competitive in 3rd grade for the club now known as CSC. She went on to play varsity soccer at Patrick Henry High School and some varsity soccer at Washington University in St. Louis, though she mostly enjoyed playing intramurals. She refereed soccer at the age of 12 and continued through college.

Coach Christine coached PYSL recreational soccer for a year and coached the All-Star team at the conclusion of that season. She has coached competitive soccer with the Vaqueros since 2003. Coach Christine’s teams have won numerous tournament championships, she led a team to the State Cup Championship, and advanced through several brackets in Presidio League.

Christine is currently the Director of Player Development, where she provides leadership for player and coaching development in the PYSL program, and also serves as a Camp Director. She was named Vaqueros Coach of the Year for the 2005-2006 season.

Coach Christine loves to coach and uses the opportunity to infuse her athletes with the love of soccer that she has. She strives to create an environment where her players can have fun, enjoy the game and the spirit of competition; develop as a soccer player, technically, tactically, mentally, and physically; and grow as a person — developing character and life skills so they can discover more about themselves.

Matt Adams

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Matt Adams grew up in Denver, CO, and has enjoyed playing soccer since he was 8.  After playing four years of varsity high school soccer, he went on to play at the college level for Fresno Pacific University. That team was nationally ranked among NAIA teams three of the four years he played. After moving to the Poway area, Matt coached his sons’ PYSL recreational teams as well as two all star teams over the past six years. He is looking forward to coaching and sharing his love of soccer with young and developing athletes. His coaching philosophy and desire is that the athletes increase their skills, develop good sportsmanship, and grow their love for the game.

John Carnaroli

John Carnaroli

USSF Competitive “D” License
Level 8 Referee License

Coach John Carnaroli has played recreational and competitive soccer since the fourth grade. He played club soccer with San Juan United and in 1986 and 1987, he was part of the varsity team at Del Campo High that won CIF in the Sacramento area. In college, John played rugby at SDSU and later for OMBAC Rugby Club. Currently, Coach John plays a men’s soccer team in an “over 40” league.

Coach John was an assistant coach for the SDSU rugby team and helped coach the Southern California (SCRFU) Collegiate All-Star rugby team. He has been coaching youth soccer since 2004, including PYSL boys and girls All-Star teams, and has been with Vaqueros since 2007.

Coach John enjoys teaching kids the concept of sportsmanship and the skills of the game.  His goal is to instill a love of soccer and respect for other players, coaches, and referees.  He hopes to pass on what he learned from his high school soccer coach: the value of setting goals and being rewarded when working hard to reach those goals.

Sergio A. Castillo

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Sergio Castillo attended Orange Glen High School where his team won the CIF San Diego Division II Championship in 2007. After graduating from Orange Glen, he accepted a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at Creighton University, where he was a four-year starter. He also participated in three Division I NCAA Tournaments.

Coach Sergio has been a Vaqueros player since 2006. He participated in the Vaqueros U16, U17, and the USL Super-20 League. Coach Sergio has helped coach the Vaqueros advanced summer camps, Junior Vaqueros, and the Friday night skills clinics.

In 2011, Sergio was selected by the Houston Dynamo in the second round of the Major League Soccer Draft. Sergio was the only 25th player from Creighton University to be drafted by an MLS team. He also played for Ventura Fusion (PDL), where he played against MLS teams during the summer.

Sergio currently plays in various leagues in North County, and is the assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team at Orange Glen High School.

Gerardo Costes

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Gerardo Costes has been a soccer coach for 16 years, coaching teams from U10 to U19. He has coached with Poway Youth Soccer League since 2011 and has coached the Rancho Bernardo JV Boys Soccer Team for the last 5 years. In the fall of 2015, Gerardo will have the opportunity to coach children and adults with intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics of Southern California.

Coach Costes has played soccer for more than 30 years, playing professionally for the Pumas U.N.A.M. (Mexico) Central Reserve Team (1986-1987); in the premier league with Cantabria, Liga Espanola (Mexico), winning three Championships and was selected for Mexico City’s All-Star team (1983-1993). In college, Gerardo was the team captain for three seasons with I.T.E.S.M. Tecnologico de Monterrey (1984-1988).

His goal as a coach: To help our kids to become better soccer players — developing their attitude, their intelligence, and their skills while having fun in the process.

Rob Crafts


Rob Crafts

USSF National “D” License
Class 8 Referee License

Coach Rob Crafts is a San Diego native. He started playing soccer in Pacific Youth Soccer League in San Diego and continued on youth leagues on military bases in Japan and Camp Pendleton. He began playing for competitive teams in Vista and Fallbrook in middle school and played varsity at Fallbrook High School for 3 years.

Rob played one year as a walk-on for JV team at Yale as a freshman, until a knee issue ended his competitive soccer career.

Some of Coach Rob’s most enjoyable playing experiences include playing in competitive tournaments and leagues and friendly-exchange matches in 8 Asian countries while playing for and managing an ex-patriot team based in Seoul, Korea. Rob currently plays for and helps manage a Super Major team in the SDCSL.

Rob has coached and developed youth players for more than 8 years, including four seasons with Vaqueros, and has coached teams to eight 1st place finishes in various All-Star and competitive tournaments in San Diego.

His goal is to teach technique, tactics, and positive life skills to enable his players to rise to their highest levels – in sport and in school. He hopes to impart in his players a life-long love of the beautiful game.

Aaron Fenalson

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Aaron Fenalson prepped at Rancho Bernardo High School where he still holds school records as a goalkeeper. In his youth he spent 10 years playing for the Poway Vaqueros. His Vaquero team is considered one of the best to have played for the club. After a successful youth and prep career, Aaron moved to Los Angeles to play collegiate soccer for Biola University. While at Biola he received three All-American honors as well as three All-Conference honors. At the end of his career he collected three National Defensive Players of the Week Awards, eight Conference Defensive Player of the Week Awards, and amassed over 28 career shutouts. After his college career was finished, Aaron played in the USL’s PDL for the Southern California Seahorses and the Kitsap Pumas.

Aaron began coaching for the Poway Vaqueros doing various clinics and camps for the club. He was recently the varsity assistant coach at Rancho Bernardo High School where they were CIF finalists in 2014.

Chris Gallinetti

Chris Gallinetti

Chris Gallinetti

USSF/ Cal South National Competitive “E” License
Cal South Grade 8 Referee License

Coaching since 2004, Chris Gallinetti has been the head coach for all levels of girls soccer, coaching recreational soccer all the way up to “AAA” competitive, leading teams from GU9-GU19.

Coach Chris was as a competitive youth player in Northern California and his love for the game is evident on and off the field. Entering his third year with Poway Vaqueros, he has also coached for SDSC, PQ Recreational Soccer, NCSP competitive and various high school Leagues.

Coach Chris took his first-year Vaqueros GU14 team to first place in Presidio, while also winning many tournament titles, including the prestigious Commissioners Cup.

Chris supports his players well beyond the season and has many players who have gone on to play for Poway, Westview, Mt. Carmel, Scripps and RB High School soccer programs.

Coach Chris emphasizes working in a positive environment while continuing to improve soccer skills. He also emphasizes teamwork, dedication, determination, all while instilling a love for the game.

Benjamin Henry

Benjamin Henry

Coach Ben Henry has been a PYSL and Vaqueros player since 1996, starting with a couple of years in the rec program and then playing on Vaqueros teams from U8 in 1998 to Super-20 teams in 2008-2010. He played primarily as a forward and a goalkeeper, but worked some time at all positions. In his Vaqueros career, he enjoyed trips with his teammates to the 2007 Gothia Cup in Sweden and to the 2009 USL S-20 North American finals in Illinois. Ben helped the club by working as a youth coach in the Junior Vaqueros program and in the Friday night skills clinics.

Ben was a senior on the 2008 Poway High School team that reached the CIF Regional Playoff finals. Since leaving high school, Ben has been a player and referee for adult indoor teams in Poway and Santee.

Ben has been the freshman boys coach for Poway High School since the 2008-2009 season.

Jantz Hoffman

Jantz Hoffman

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jantz Hoffman has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old.  As a youth player in Northern California, he played for the Redwood Rebels and participated on the ODP regional team.  In high school, Coach Jantz was a member of Arcata High School’s varsity team for four years and twice was selected as a HDNL all-county player. Coach Jantz went on to play at Humboldt State University where he was recognized as GNAC all-conference in 2001. Coach Jantz began training both boys and girls teams, ranging from U10-U19, while still playing in college.

In his eight years with the Poway Vaqueros, Coach Jantz has always believed in the development of both play and person through soccer. It is his belief that the lessons of discipline, effort, teamwork and perseverance not only make for great soccer players but great people.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

USSF Competitive “E” License
USSF Grade 8 Referee License

Coach Steve Johnson began playing soccer in San Diego at age 10 and played on several youth and all-star teams including a BU14 Select team that traveled for a month throughout Colombia, South America. He went on to play two years of varsity soccer at Mira Mesa High School and has played in various adult leagues (men’s and co-ed) in Mira Mesa, and at Robb Field and North County Soccer Park.

A couple of his more recent accomplishments include guiding his Vaqueros team from AA-C to Flight 1 of the San Diego Developmental Academy (“SDDA”) in four years and State Cup semifinalists (Presidents Division).  He coached the current BU16 Green team from AA-B to Flight 1 of the SDDA in three years. In the last few years, his teams have won the Poway Country Shootout, Kickin’ It Challenge, Carlsbad Coastal Classic, Notts Forest Labor Day Classic, Arsenal Winter Showcase, and Albion Cup. He has been a licensed youth soccer coach since 1986.

In addition to his Poway Youth Soccer League responsibilities, he has coached the Poway High School freshmen soccer team (2 years) and has coached the JV soccer team the last 6 years. He is CPR and first-aid certified.

He has attended youth soccer tournaments across the state, from San Diego to Bakersfield; and in Tempe, AZ; the Hawaii International Football Festival; and the Manchester International Football Festival (Manchester, England). Coach Steve, “I eat, sleep and dream the game of soccer and I want to instill that love for the game in each player I coach!”

Doug Lange

Doug Lange

Junior Vaqueros, TOPSoccer
USSF National “C” License
National Youth License
Licensed Referee Instructor

Coach Doug Lange grew up playing and watching soccer in San Diego. The youth teams that he played on formed the kernel of what became the Nomads club. He played for La Jolla High School and into college, and continues to play soccer in men’s leagues and pick-up games.

Doug has been coaching for 17 years.  He coached recreational soccer with PYSL and has coached with Vaqueros since 2002. He is a firm believer that a professional must continually expand his or her ability. As such, he has attended the US Soccer National Coaching School twice, attended state coaching clinics, spent numerous hours studying videos, books, and periodicals on the subject of coaching soccer, and frequently exchanges ideas with other coaches throughout the world. Twice his Vaqueros teams have been Presidio League Champion.

Coach Doug developed the Junior Vaqueros program with former PYSL Coach Reiner Bilawa to provide our youngest players with the best possible early experience with soccer. In 2006 at the National Coaching School, he spent a week in the National Youth License course working with the latest coaching approaches for younger players, and continues to research the best practices in coaching younger players by coaches around the world.

Coach Doug believes that soccer is more fun when played skillfully. “Every child in our club should become a player that wants the ball and that the team wants to give the ball to, rather than a child who is encouraged to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible. My goal is to teach players to become skillful, intelligent players in a fun environment. I want them to recognize they can learn to be skillful through persistent experimentation and practice. As a professional, I practice what I teach to the children, working to constantly improve my coaching through persistent study, experimentation, and practice.”

Chris Longwell


Chris Longwell

Coach Chris Longwell has been coaching soccer for 11 years. He started as an assistant coach with Chula Vista’s Futibal Soccer Academy. The academy’s focus was on developing foot skills and ball control for four- and five-year-old children. He has since earned a reputation for being an excellent coach for children of all ages.

Chris’ philosophy has always been to focus on each child’s individual development, as well as the development of the team. The teams he has coached have won numerous championships.

Chris Longwell has been playing soccer for 31 years. He began playing recreational soccer when he was five years old and was quickly recognized for his abilities and natural talent. He played for various select teams in the Bay Area while growing up. He also played for competitive club teams and his high school team. His high school coach was a firm believer of futsal training, therefore Chris had the opportunity to practice with the US National Futsal Team and play in two U.S. games! Chris went on to play two years of college soccer until he suffered a knee injury. He currently still plays recreational indoor soccer four times a week.

Chris’ passion for soccer carries on through his coaching of soccer skills and fundamentals!

Amine Rachedi

Amine Rachedi

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Amine Rachedi’s goal at the club, present and future, is to make sure not only that the kids are having a great time playing the beautiful game of soccer but also to be able to teach the game to them correctly. Coach Amine also hopes to bring a state championship to the club or be part of assisting many of our club’s other great coaches with this goal.

Coach Amine has coached soccer at Mt. Carmel High School (JV), was the head coach at Preuss High School, and held the positions of assistant and head coach of the freshman team at Orange Glen High School, and also served as varsity head coach alongside Colin Garon.

Jenna Sanders

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jenna Sanders grew up playing soccer beginning at age four and began playing competitive soccer at age 9 here in San Diego. She played for West Hills High School and also in college, where she was fortunate to be coached again by her club coach. Her college team, comprised of many teammates from her club days, won league one season and went to state playoffs.

Coach Jenna continues to play in indoor and outdoor adult leagues. In her first year as a coach, she had the pleasure of being mentored by Coach Craig McGill. She continued to learn the nuances of the game and fell in love with the sport all over again from a different perspective — directing from the sidelines.

Jen Schultz

Jen Schultz

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Jen Schultz grew up with a love for soccer. She began playing in the 2nd grade and played into her young adult years. She discovered that she has that same love for coaching soccer as she does for playing when she began coaching her daughter’s team in the Poway Youth Soccer League in 2008. She coached the Girls U10 All-Star team in 2010 and 2011 and the Boys U9 and U10 All-Star team in 2012 and 2014. She has coached competitive soccer with the Vaqueros since 2011.

Jen supports high self-esteem in each of her players by accepting them just as they are. She builds on their strengths while helping them to improve their individual skills in a positive environment.

Kelli Tarantino

USSF Competitive “E” License

Coach Kelli Tarantino has been around soccer practically since the day she was born. With a family super involved in the soccer world, she became interested in the sport at a very young age. Kelli began playing competitively at the age of 8. She played club soccer through elementary school, middle school, and high school for the La Jolla Nomads and then the Poway Vaqueros, playing for Craig McGill. In high school, she played in international tournaments in Spain (2003) and in Italy (2004). Her team was eliminated in the semifinals in Spain but took the Championship in Italy.

She hopes to instill a love for soccer in children while they learn teamwork and life skills through the game.

Armando Torres

Armando Torres

USSF National “D” License

Coach Armando Torres has over 30 years of playing experience.  He represented Ana Maria Carranza Jr. High and Jose Ruben Romero High school in Soccer State cups (Michoacán Mexico) in addition to playing for the City of Cotija Michoacán in Soccer State cup for U17.  As an adult, he was part of two-time champion team in a internal league of University Autónoma of Guadalajara (U.A.de.G), and tried out to be part of Tecos (U.A.de.G), a Mexican professional soccer team.  He has played in varies Budweiser soccer Cups in Orange County, CA, and currently plays for the Old Pro’s soccer league in Scripps Ranch. Coach Armando was the P.E. teacher for a Jr. High in Cotija Michoacán México, and coached various ages of boys soccer teams in Mexico for two years.  He has coached for U6, U7, U8, and U10 at AYSO Region 285.  Armando coached with the Jr. Vaqueros program for one year.

Coach Armando helps his players grow to learn and learn to grow, because their knowledge should never stop growing.

Jack Wardlow


Jack Wardlow

USSF  “D” License

Coach Jack Wardlow is a fixture in the Poway Youth Soccer League community, having coached for the organization at the recreational level, All-Stars, and with the Vaqueros since 2004. He’s a former player himself —  he spent time playing in an adult men’s league in San Diego from 1983-1987.

Coach Jack’s philosophy about soccer, “You practice like you play, so if you don’t practice hard you wont play your games hard. Practice hard, play hard.”

Michael Willrich

USSF Competitve  “E” License

Coach Michael Willrich has played soccer his whole life and loves the game. Michael went to Scripps Ranch High School where his team won CIF in 2004 and he was awarded CIF “Player of the Year” for San Diego County. Michael played for Poway Vaqueros during high school and went on to play at University of California, Irvine. In 2009, his UCI team was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA tournament. Michael has coached three seasons with the Vaqueros and has been a large part of our summer camp program for the last 8 years.