Damien Moreno takes over Montclair girls soccer program

Damien Moreno knows what it is like to face tough competition. He headed the St. Lucy’s girls varsity team last year which competes in the difficult Baseline League.

And before that he spent two years as an assistant at Los Osos, also in the Baseline League.

He is taking on another tough challenge as the new head girls coach at Montclair which was part of a three-way tie atop the Mt. Baldy League last season.

In most sports the Mt. Baldy isn’t seen as a very competitive league but soccer, both girls and boys, is the exception.

“We played Montclair last year and they were a tough, hard-working team. Alta Loma is always good and they were part of the Baseline. So it is a good league.”

Moreno will be taking over a team that went 15-9-3 overall and shared the league title with Alta Loma and Colony. The Cavaliers lost in the second round of the Division 5 playoffs but have a solid group of returning players led by All-CIF selection Angela Morales.

With school out Moreno hasn’t had a chance to meet with his entire team although the team captains did get to meet with him during the interview process.

“I  feel like it’s a good group of girls that wants to work hard and I think we can do some good things,” he said.

 

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Damien Moreno named girls soccer coach at St. Lucy’s

Damien Moreno has been named girls soccer coach at St. Lucy’s.

Moreno, 23, had served as assistant coach at St. Lucy’s Baseline League rival Los Osos the last two years. He spent the season before that as an assistant for the boys team at Southlands Christian, helping that team to a quarterfinal playoff berth.

He also coaches in the La Verne Lazers club program.

The 2011 graduate of San Dimas High School is excited about the opportunity.

“It’s in the same league so obviously I know a little about he team and the school,” he said. “I applied and came here and interviewed and it all felt right.”

Moreno singles out Los Osos head coach Diego Back as his mentor and admits it will be interesting squaring off against him.

“I figured at some point I would go for a head coach job somewhere and he and I had talked about that,” Moreno said. “At the time I never thought it would be in the same league.”

St. Lucy’s is coming off a 14-8-3 season that included a 5-4-1 mark in Baseline League play. The Regents were fourth in the tough league and graduated their top two players,

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