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Sandburg Hires Ariel Pesce as Men’s Soccer Coach

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Feb. 27, 2014
GALESBURG—Ariel Pesce has been hired as the head men’s soccer coach at Carl Sandburg College following approval during the College’s regular Board of Trustees meeting Thursday evening.

Pesce, who also will serve as the College’s health and fitness supervisor, brings with him several years of experience as a player and coach. He comes to Sandburg from the Rush Wisconsin soccer program in Middleton, Wis., for which he served as a coach and group trainer. Pesce was an associate head coach from 2008-2011 for the men’s and women’s programs at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran, Ga. During his time there, the Knights’ women’s team won the 2009 NJCAA Division I Region XVII title.

Pesce, who played professionally in Argentina from 1995-1999, spent four seasons as an associate head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. Both Golden Eagles teams won the Golden Valley Conference title in 2006 and 2007.

“We believe Coach Pesce is a great fit to continue building our men’s soccer program,” Sandburg athletic director Mike Bailey said. “He has extensive experience as both a coach and player, and he has a great network of recruiting contacts not only throughout the country but overseas as well.”

Pesce inherits a Sandburg team that is coming off its best season in program history. The Chargers finished with a 15-5-0 overall record last fall and won their first Region IV Champions Division title with a 6-1-0 mark. Sandburg also won its first-ever postseason contest and advanced to the semifinals of the Region IV tournament.