GEYER NAMED TO 2017 UNITED SOCCER COACHES NCAA DIV. I MEN’S ALL-REGION TEAMSenior midfielder Paul Geyer was named to the United Soccer Coaches Div. I All-Region third team, the organization announced over the weekend. Read More
GEYER CO-MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR, FIVE OTHERS NAMED ALL-BIG WESTSenior midfielder Paul Geyer was named a 2017 co-Midfielder of the Year, the Big West Conference announced Tuesday. Geyer is one of six Hornets to be named all-Big West for the 2017 season. Read More
MEN’S SOCCER BEATS CAL POLY, 5-1, ON SENIOR DAY; CLINCHES BIG WEST TOURNEY SPOTFive different Sacramento State players scored goals, and the Hornets secured a Big West Conference Tournament berth with a 5-1 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon at Hornet Field. Read More
Michael Linenberger, the 2014 Big West Coach of the Year, enters his 28th season leading Sacramento State in 2016. Under Linenbergers tutelage there have been 84 all-Conference honorees, 21 first team selections, four NCAA All-Far West Region selections, one MPSF Player of the Year, and he has watched 37 of his former players go on to professional soccer careers. His 2014 Big West Coach of the Year honor was his fourth Coach of the Year award after earning the accolade three times in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).
Sacramento State had a player named to the all-Big West Freshman team for the third consecutive year in 2015, with forward Brad Bumgarner earning the accolade, and had two players named all-Big West Honorable Mention. In January of 2016 Linenberger took his team on a trip to Costa Rica, where the squad posted a 2-1-1 record facing reserves from some of the top professional teams in the country.
The 2014 Hornets qualified for the Big West Tournament for the first time with a three-win improvement over the 2013 season. Picked to finish last in the preseason Big West Coaches poll, the Hornets finished ahead of Cal Poly to play in the first round of the league tournament. Senior forward Chimdum Mez was an all-Big West first team selection while Andrew Gosselin was honorable mention and Paul Geyer made the all-Freshman team. Mez was subsequently selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the 2015 MLS Super Draft.
Associate Head Coach
Matt McDougall was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2016 season. McDougall had served as Assistant Head Coach for the previous two seasons and is entering his 11th season overall on the coaching staff after a stellar playing career as a Hornet goalkeeper.
McDougall is involved with all facets of the program, including on-field instruction, and is the teams recruiting coordinator. Additionally he is the director of the programs summer soccer camps and 6v6 tournament.
A former three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree as a goalkeeper during his playing days with the Hornets, McDougall was promoted to the teams top assistant in 2009 after serving as the goalkeepers coach the previous three seasons. He continues to work with the keepers.
Former Sacramento State midfielder Pedro Lupercio rejoined his alma mater as an assistant coach for the 2016 season.
Lupercio was a four-year Hornet and a three-year starter in the midfield. He tallied two goals and 10 assists in his career, ranking second on the team with five assists during his senior season in 2006. He started all 18 games in 2005 and 18 of 19 contests in 2006, only missing one game after a red card.
Lupercio played professional soccer through 2014, primarily playing with the Sacramento Knights and Sacramento Gold in the NPSL. He also played with the Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico and played indoor soccer for the Stockton Cougars.