Occidental College

Occidental College Dept of Athletics M-19
1600 Campus Rd Los Angeles, CA 90041
Division 3 California Southwest
Private Small Developing team


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Rod Lafaurie

Radames "Rod" Lafaurie is entering his seventh year as the Occidental College men's soccer team's head coach.

2015 was another banner year for the program finishing the regular season at 13-3-3 and outscoring opponents 54-9 in the process. The team found its way in the top 25 during the season and was the highest ranked SCIAC team for a majority of the season. In the final computer rankings Oxy finished with the highest SCIAC ranking as it finished #29 out of 406 teams in Division III. Collectively the program set the program record for shutouts on the year with 12, goals against average at .58 win percentage at .725, placed 8 All Conference Players, including the Goalkeeper Year, and Brine Award Winner of Distinction. The high powered offense averaged nearly three goals a game while only allowing on average half goal per game. Despite losing Sophomore All-Region Forward Tod Kawada to an early season injury, the team’s potent offense continued to shine again outscoring all SCIAC opponents. Morgan Bennet-Smith, a junior forward from Sacramento, earns Frist Team honors for the second consecutive year after leading the Tigers in goals scored with eight and total points with 21. Senior Forward Connor Freeman makes the SCIAC Second team as a forward in back-to-back seasons. Freeman was third on the team in goals with five and also had two assists. Senior Midfielders Zack Conrad and Valdair Martins Lopes earned First and Second Team honors for their contributions to the Oxy midfield engine. On the defensive side of the ball Gabriel Barrett-Jackson, a sophomore from Seattle, earns All-SCIAC honors as a defender. Barrett-Jackson, who was named Oxy's Defensive MVP last season. Theo Atkinson, nominated for All-American awards after finishing fourth in Goals Against Average and Second in Save percentage in the country won the goalkeeper of the year award in his senior campaign . First year Liam Walsh makes the All-SCIAC team in his debut season with the Tigers. The defender from Washington DC, is the only first year from the conference to be named All-SCIAC. Keegan McChesney, a senior from Seattle, was given the Brine Award of Distinction for his service on an off the field. The award is given to well-rounded student athletes and takes into account community service, sportsmanship, academic success, and on field performance.

In 2014, he continued the upward trajectory of the program to lead the Tigers to a 13-6-1 overall record and 10-5-1 SCIAC finish. Oxy was just two points away from winning the SCIAC Championship and also made the SCIAC Postseason tournament for the first time in program history. The Tigers played a high-scoring brand of soccer, netting 43 goals in 20 games. At the conclusion of the season, forwards Tod Kawada and Morgan Bennett Smith were named 1st Team All SCIAC. Kawada was also named a Third Team NSCAA All-West Region selection.

During the 2012 season, he led the men's soccer team to its first winning season since 1988 and the program received an NSCAA Academic award. Additionally Senior Reid Sakamoto was selected to the NSCAA All-Region Second Team.

A former soccer standout at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. he contributed to two CIF championships teams. As a club player, he guided his teams to two Coast Soccer League Premier titles and two Surf Cup Super Group tournament wins before he continued his soccer career at Cal State University, Northridge, a Division I member of the Big West. During his four-year career Lafaurie amassed the record for most wins as a goalkeeper in program history, helping the team to perennial top-25 national rankings while consistently participating in the post-season play. Lafaurie was named the 2003 Cal State Northridge Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Matadors.

After capping off his collegiate career, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications in 2005, Lafaurie went on to train with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a reserve for a season under Steve Sampson and followed up with a two-year stint in the Premier Development League (PDL). Simultaneously, while playing professional soccer, Lafaurie completed Master’s coursework in History from CSUN in 2007.

Called one of the finest up and coming coaches in the country, he has worked with the Region IV Olympic Development Program as a staff coach and as a Nevada ODP Head Coach for the Boys Program. Rod currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and NSCAA Premier License. Rod also serves as the Boys Director of coaching at Los Angeles Premier Football Club, serving as the Developmental Academy and ECNL Head Coach for the oldest Age groups.

Rod and his wife Graziella live in La Crescenta with their son and daughter.

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Brian Wright

Brian Wright enters his second year as Occidental College's men's soccer top assistant coach in the 2017/2018 season.

Prior to joining the Occidental staff, Wright was an assistant coach for Caltech's men’s soccer team for two seasons from 2014-2015.

A well-known name in local youth development, Wright currently coaches the 2004 Boys in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) at LA Premier FC. In addition, he also serves as their Community Program Manager, overseeing all the community engagement and development programs.

A former Olympic Development Program (ODP) standout in southern California, Wright has been playing soccer since the age of five. He quickly knew soccer was his passion. His passion, combined with discipline and dedication, became the motivation to earn him a Division 1 soccer scholarship to San Jose State University. Wright has played in several youth tournaments throughout Europe and has received world-renowned training from some of the best coaches at the professional level. This influence helped shape his personal philosophy and style of coaching. At the age of 17, he was offered a professional contract with Belgian side Club Brugge. Wright received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from Cal State University, Northridge in 2007.

After capping off his collegiate career, Wright went on to train with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a reserve, followed by a stint in the Premier Development League (PDL). In 2016, he completed his master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine. Wright currently holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “C” Coaching License and is on track to complete his “B" license in 2018.

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