Seahorse Soccer’s very own League Two Assistant General Manager Brandon Gonzalez was honored this month with the Coach & Athletic Director Magazine 2019 Sports 40 Under 40 Award. The Sports 40 Under 40 Award is an industry-wide honor that annually recognizes 40 emerging Sports Leaders under the age of 40, men and women who are demonstrating involvement, innovation, and commitment. These 40 young professionals represent the best in the sports industry from across the country. With over 900 applicants, Gonzalez was the only winner of this award from the State of California. The Sports 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 was honored at the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Convention and is recognized in the July/August 2019 issue of Coach & Athletic Director.
Brandon began his involvement with Seahorse Soccer back in 2005 as a Freshmen center back playing at BIOLA University. He played on the (at the time) PDL Team from 2006-2010. In 2006 the team won a Conference title. In 2011 Brandon moved to Seattle and continued playing in the PDL League for the Seawolves. Once Brandon returned to Southern California in 2015 he returned to the Seahorse community as a donor and volunteer. In 2019 Brandon took on an official role with his beloved Seahorses as Assistant GM. Brandon has been a pivotal role for the organization in both administrative roles as well as sponsorships.
Brandon became the Founding Director of Athletics at Pacifica Christian High School-Orange County in 2015. In four short years, Brandon has created a program that balances participation, competitive and non-competitive success, individual player development, and an overall positive experience. Pacifica Christian has an 80% student participation rate in athletics, fields 17 Varsity Programs, and has helped create a school culture that celebrates the hard work, success, and benefits high school athletics brings to a school community and the life of a student-athlete. Brandon Gonzalez has built an Athletic Department from a simple idea in 2014, to a thriving, competitive, well rounded athletic department that has seen over 20 postseason appearances, 3 CIF-Southern Section Finals, and 3 State Appearances in 3 years of Varsity Level competition. Pacifica Christian has produced 23 All-League Winners, ten 1st Team All CIF Winners, 15 2nd Team All CIF winners, and one John Wooden Award Winner. Pacifica Christian also sent 17% of its first two graduating classes to play intercollegiate athletics.
Under Brandon's leadership, Pacifica Christian has been able to secure long term partnerships with Vanguard University, Newport Beach Golf Course, City of Newport Beach, City of Huntington Beach, Newport Sea Base, and many others to help facilitate and sustain the needs of the growing Pacifica Christian Athletic Department. Brandon also oversaw the development, planning, and execution of the Triton Event Center remodel, which included a new shot clock system, score table, scoreboards, wall pads, updated team areas, and a brand new gym floor.
Join us in congratulating Brandon Gonzalez on this great achievement. Brandon - we are so proud of you and happy to have you on the Seahorse League Two Staff!
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