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The Madrid Premier Soccer Club announced today that Cal Poly Men’s Head Soccer Coach Paul Holocher and Cal Poly Goalkeeper/Assistant Coach Luis Trejo, in addition to their positions at Cal Poly, have joined the Madrid Premier Soccer Club as directors of coaching and player development.

After a year long search for a director of coaching, coach Mark Marshall approached the club with news from coach Paul Holocher that one of his new assistant coaches, Luis Trejo, may be a good fit for Madrid. After meeting with coaches Holocher and Trejo, the club was impressed with Trejo’s passion for the game and resume. After the brief meeting, the board offered Trejo the position of director of coaching.

The board was also thrilled to learn that Coach Holocher, after the initial meeting, was interested in working together with Trejo in a combined position for Madrid as directors of coaching and player development, according to a press release from the club.

“The passion, knowledge and resources both coaches have for the game is not only a win for the Madrid Premier Soccer Club, but for soccer on the Central Coast, as we seek to grow participation in the game and develop players that can compete at its highest levels,” said Madrid Board President Gary McLean.

“Luis and I are very much looking forward to working with the Madrid Premier Soccer Club and all the coaches in the Coaches Education and Player Development role,” said Holocher, “Our goal will be to help assist the Coaching Staff with their continued soccer education. Specifically, we want to work towards teaching and implementing a clear system of play and a style of play that the players enjoy playing and that will help them develop. Youth players are sponges of development and learning, and motivated coaches are as well. We look forward to many good coaches meetings and roundtables to learn how we can best help each and every of the Madrid Premier coaches grow in their role as player developers. We believe that the young player should constantly look to improve technically and become more skillful players, but that simultaneously they can be improving tactically at a similar rate. That comes down to implementing training sessions that are well-rounded and purposefully move towards the goal a consistent philosophy and way of approaching the games. It is a lot more than winning and losing…it is about how we approach the game and if we can help the players grow in the game. Hopefully we can bring many ideas and sessions that will help the coaches, players and club grow in a good way.”

Coach Holocher will be going into his eighth year as head coach with the Cal Poly Mustangs. Holocher has transformed the Mustangs into a program recognized nationally for both a winning tradition and innovative style of play, reaching six NCAA tournament appearances, including a Division 1 Tournament in 2008. During his tenure at Cal Poly, Holocher has made a point to reach out to the community and grow the Cal Poly Men’s Soccer fan base, especially to the many youth who play on the Central Coast. “One of my main goals when I came to Cal Poly was to create an exciting and fun atmosphere for our community and youth to come and enjoy great college soccer,” Holocher said. “I feel we have some of the best college soccer fans in the country, both within our student body and the community, and the fan base is growing in passion each year. There are a lot of young families and more than 7,000 youth players on the central coast. We want each and every one of those young fans and families to know about Cal Poly soccer and for us to become a positive experience within their growth in the game.” Holocher has certainly succeeded in his goal, as Cal Poly owns the record for several of the highest attended matches in NCAA History at Cal Poly’s Spanos Stadium.

Holocher is also the founder and director of Catalyst Soccer, a not-for-profit youth player development program for children ages 6-12. The club, which was founded in 1999 in Santa Cruz County, has an impact in youth player development and youth coaching development throughout the south bay, Monterey County and central coast. Holocher has also been involved with the Olympic Development Program Region IV team as head coach for the 1996 and 1997 boy’s squads where he helped identify, develop and promote several players to United States National Youth Teams.

Trejo was recently hired by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to be their goalkeeper and assistant coach. Prior to Cal Poly, Luis was working with the USSF De Anza Force Developmental Academy as the Goalkeeper/Assistant Coach for the U14, U16 and U18 teams.

Trejo also oversees the goalkeeper training for Nor Cal’s Player Development Program (PDP) where he works with the best youth goalkeepers in Northern California along with scouting and identifying players in the Northern California Region for US Club Soccer. He has also been invited to participate and run goalkeeper sessions for US Soccer’s Training Centers run by U-15 National Team Coach Hugo Perez. Trejo also works with Alianza de Futbol where he helps scout players for professional teams in Mexico. He frequently goes down to Guadalajara to observe training sessions with Chivas youth academy and first team. After graduating from San Diego State University, Trejo trained with CSD Municipal in Guatemala and spent time with Puebla and Pachuca in Mexico’s first division.

Coaches and players interested in the Madrid Premier Soccer Club can contact Luis Trejo at

Madrid Premier Soccer Club is a non-profit competitive youth soccer organization located on the Central Coast of California. The club draws motivated boys and girls from throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties to develop and compete at high levels of the game. Madrid teams participate in Southern California’s Coast Soccer League and the local Central Coast Soccer League and compete at top level competitive tournaments state-wide.

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