|College:||Fresno State '97|
|Position:||Assistant Coach (4th Season)|
Diego Bocanegra returns to the sidelines of Titan Stadium for his fourth season as an assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton in 2012 following a successful two-year stint at Division II Cal State San Bernardino.
Hired to his position in March of 2009, Bocanegra complied a combined record of 18-13-9 with the Coyotes, 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.
“I am excited to be working in a program with such a rich soccer tradition,” Bocanegra said. “I hope to add my experience to an already great coaching staff and look forward to working with an eager group of young women.”
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 bachelors 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 newborn 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.