Diego Bocanegra headed to Notre Dame as soccer assistant

Diego Bocanegra, who spent the past five years as assistant and associate head coach at Cal State Fullerton, has been named an assistant coach at Notre Dame, head coach Theresa Romagnolo announced Monday.

Cal State Fullerton associate women’s soccer head coach Diego Bocanegra has accepted an assistant coaching position at Notre Dame.

Bocanegra, a product of Alta Loma High School, joins Theresa Romagnolo’s staff as the first-year head coach was recently hired after serving as Dartmouth’s head coach for the past three seasons.

The Fighting Irish have won three national championships (1995, 2004, 2010) and made eight appearances in the NCAA national championship match.

Bocanegra spent five years (2009-13) as part of Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer coaching staff with head coach Demain Brown.

 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.

 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).

 At Cal State San Bernardino, Bocanegra complied a combined record of 18-13-9 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.

Bocanegra has also been a fixture in club soccer locally, having coached the Alta Loma Arsenal Girls and Boys teams in various age categories for many years.