Diego Bocanegra returns to the sidelines of Titan Stadium for his sixth season on head coach Demian Brown's staff, and his second as the program's associate head coach after being elevated to the spot in February, 2013.
“I am very happy to announce the promotion of Diego to Associate Head Coach of the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer program,” Brown said. “This is well-deserved for his dedication, work ethic, and overall commitment to the success of our program. I look forward to our work together in the coming seasons and feel confident that the program will continue to achieve our highest goals.”
Hired to his position in March of 2009 following a successful two-year run as head coach at NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino, Bocanegra was lauded nationally in 2012, named the NSCAA Far West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
In five years with the Titans (2009-13), Fullerton has totaled a record of 39-45-16, while the squad has posted three consecutive winning seasons in 2011 (9-8-3), 2012 (10-9-1) and 2013 (8-7-7).
During the past five years, Fullerton has won one Big West regular season title (2012), one Big West Tournament championship (2013) and made one NCAA Tournament appearance (2013). In addition, four Titans have received five all-NSCAA all-region honors while Erica Mazeau was named Big West Midfielder of the Year in 2013.
In five seasons, 16 Titan players have received a total of 21 all-Big West honors (first, second, honorable mention, freshman).
Bocanegra complied a combined record of 18-13-9 with the Coyotes in two seasons, helping guide three players to All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors in 2007 and four in 2008 when they finished 10-5-5 overall and 7-4-3 in conference play, just narrowly missing out on a postseason berth. He previously served two years as an assistant for Coach Noah Kooiman, a former Titan player, for both the men's and women's squads at CSUSB, and was an assistant coach for the men's team at UC Riverside for three seasons.
Prior to Bocanegra's arrival, Cal State San Bernardino had posted a 14-37-6 overall record and a 9-30-5 mark in CCAA play from 2004-06.
An extensive background in club soccer also fills Bocanegra's resume. The Alta Loma resident coached the Alta Loma Arsenal Girls and Boys teams in various age categories for many years and later became an assistant and then the head girls' coach at Alta Loma High School, his alma mater. Bocanegra's playing career included several stops -- the Alta Loma Arsenal, Alta Loma High School, the Olympic Development program, Grand Canyon University in Arizona, UCLA and finally 1997 at Fresno State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.
He currently coaches U18 girls squad for the Fullerton Rangers while also serving as the club's college advisor.
Bocanegra resides in Upland with his wife, Kellie, their daughter, Isabella, and their son, Luca. Diego's younger brother, Carlos, is a member of the U. S. National Men's Soccer Team after enjoying an All-American career at UCLA.