Paul Holocher: Paul is our Academy Head Coach for the U-18 and U-16 Program. With a wealth of experience for the College, High School and Academy level, Paul plays an active role in the camp programs for the San Jose Earthquakes, assisting in the development of the curriculum, camp structure and being on the field to train players at our College/Academy level camps. He also will be attending our Pre-Academy level camps to discuss the Academy and College soccer with campers.
Paul most recently served as the head coach for the Cal Poly Mustangs from 2006-13. Holocher helped turn a struggling Cal Poly program into one known for its success both on and off the field. In his final season with the Mustangs, Holocher’s squad scored a school-record 43 goals, 7th among the 200+ Division I programs, defeated UCLA 3-0, who was ranked No. 6 in the nation at the time, and had two players selected in the MLS SuperDraft.
Prior to joining Cal Poly, Holocher was the head coach at UC Santa Cruz for seven seasons from 1999-2005. Holocher took over a team that finished 4-13 the year prior to his arrival and compiled a phenomenal 109-24-12 record over his seven seasons, which includes a National Championship Game appearance in 2004. Despite the Banana Slugs being a non-scholarship D-III program, Holocher helped five of his former student-athletes make MLS rosters.
While at UC Santa Cruz, he was also the Director of Coaching for the Santa Cruz County Youth Soccer League (SCCYSL), which possessed more than 5,000 youth players. Holocher also began the Catalyst Soccer Club, a program designed to identify and develop players at numerous youth levels throughout Santa Cruz County.
Before coaching, Holocher was a member of several professional teams throughout his career, including the then-San Jose Clash during the inaugural MLS season in 1996. He had also previously competed for FC Admira Wacker in Austria (1993-94) and the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (1991-92).
A major part of Santa Clara University’s National Championship run in 1989, Holocher led the Broncos to a 20-0-3 record, and was later selected to the NSCAA All-America Team. His 28 goals and 32 total collegiate assists both stand as the second most in school history.