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,
Rancho Cucamonga’s Ayana Robles, left, and Chino Hills’ Jessica Miclat (middle) fight for control of the ball. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
Jessica Miclat of Chino Hills and Julia Bingham of St. Lucy’s were among the 24 players from across the country to be selected to the roster for the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team training camp that will take place from April 19 through 26 in Chula Vista.
“It is not only a blessing but also a huge honor to represent my country while playing and doing the one thing I love the most (playing soccer),” Miclat stated.
From the 24 players selected to participate in the training camp, a total of 18 will make the final roster, according to Miclat.
Miclat believes she has something to offer the team if she were to make the final roster.
“I offer my hard work and dedication,” she said. “I know that throughout the training sessions and scrimmages…my touches and knowledge of the game will improve but it’s my hard work and heart and dedication that got me there and will carry on, if I am selected on the team.”
It would not be the first time Miclat, who was named to the 2015 All-Inland Valley Area team, and Bingham, who signed with USC, would be teammates if they were both named to the final roster.
The two juniors played at St. Lucy’s together during their freshman and sophomore years.