Tim Pierce has been at SMC since 2004 as both an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach and an Instructor in the Kinesiology department. He has been named the Head Men’s Soccer and is entering his second season coming off a 9-6-5 winning record in the 1st season. Tim is an Orange County native and played soccer for Santa Margarita Catholic High School where he was a two-time CIF Champion and CIF Player of the Year in 1998. Tim furthered his soccer and education at UCLA where, as a senior, he was an All-American and a National Champion in 2002. After graduating UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology and a short stint in the pros Tim started coaching. In addition to his duties at SMC, Tim is a Head Coach at a local soccer club named FC Los Angeles and assists the varsity girl’s at Harvard-Westlake High School.
Get to know Coach Pierce:
Where did you attend high school? "I graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School where I played Volleyball and Soccer.”
What College did you attend? I am a graduate of UCLA, where I played on the Men’s Soccer team."
Did you earn any honors for soccer? “In high school I was 1st team All-league(twice), 1st team All-CIF(twice), and CIF Player of the year as a senior. At UCLA, I was 1st Team All-Pac 10 junior and senior year, All-region both years, and 1st Team All-American as a senior.”
How long have you been teaching and coaching at SMC? “I have been coaching for 11 years here at SMC. 3 seasons at SMC as the Head Men's Coach and the 8 prior seasons were spent as the Women's 1st assistant. I have also been coaching in the high school and club ranks throughout those years."
What is your proudest coaching moment at SMC? “Leading the team to 2 winning seasons in a row to start the program."
What is your proudest coaching moment overall? "I would have to say that my proudest coaching moment is promoting players Alessandro Canale (UCSD) and Maurice Morton(LMU) to top universities and top 4 year soccer programs."
What should a prospective player know before coming to SMC to play:
“Soccer players that are interested in SMC need to be technically sound and have a tactical understanding of the sport of soccer. If they have that then I need to figure out if they want to be more than just soccer players and potentially become student-athletes on the men's soccer team at SMC. This means representing the school, the Athletic Department, and the Soccer program with class, hard work, and character whether that is on the field, in the classroom, or out in the community.”
What would you like student-athletes to know about the SMC Men’s Soccer program?
“I think it is important to let prospective student athletes for my program to know that we run a serious program on the soccer side of things but you are coming to school to go to school first. Also, we care about our players and there development as young men and we are a resource for our young men to try to accomplish goals on the field, classroom, or in life.”