Radames "Rod" Lafaurie is entering his eighth year as the Occidental College men's soccer team's head coach.
2017 included another winning season for the Men’s Soccer Program, along with another All-Region Accolade for Senior Gabriel Barrett Jackson. Along with his United Soccer Coaches All-Region nod, Barrett-Jackson was named First Team All Sciac for the third time in his career. Joining him on the First Team was Senior Santiago Bedoya as well as Second Team Nominee, Junior Liam Walsh. Walsh led the team in goals and was in the top 10 in goals and points in the SCIAC. In goal, Oxy used three goalkeepers, after Alex Bonomi’s
2016 was a reloading season, with the Tigers finishing 8-10-1 and narrowly missing the SCIAC tournament, being eliminated on the last day of the regular season. Finishing his outstanding career, Morgan Bennett-Smith was named 1st Team All-Sciac for the third consecutive season while juniors Tod Kawada and Gabriel Barrett-Jackson landed on the 2nd Team.
2015 was another banner year for the program finishing the regular season at 13-3-3 and outscoring opponents 54-9 in the process. The team found its way in the top 25 during the season and was the highest ranked SCIAC team for a majority of the season. In the final computer
In 2014, he continued the upward trajectory of the program to lead the Tigers to a 13-6-1 overall record and 10-5-1 SCIAC finish. Oxy was just two points away from winning the SCIAC Championship and also made the SCIAC Postseason tournament for the first time in program history. The Tigers played a high-scoring brand of soccer, netting 43 goals in 20 games. At the conclusion of the season, forwards Tod Kawada and Morgan Bennett Smith were named 1st Team All SCIAC. Kawada was also named a Third Team NSCAA All-West Region selection.
During the 2012 season, he led the men's soccer team to its first winning season since 1988 and the program received an NSCAA Academic award.
A former soccer standout at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. he contributed to two CIF championships teams. As a club player, he guided his teams to two Coast Soccer League Premier titles and two Surf Cup Super Group tournament wins before he continued his soccer career at Cal State University, Northridge, a Division I member of the Big West. During his four-year
After capping off his collegiate career, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications in 2005, Lafaurie went on to train with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a reserve for a season under Steve Sampson and followed up with a two-year stint in the Premier Development League (PDL). Simultaneously, while playing professional soccer, Lafaurie completed Master’s coursework in History from CSUN in 2007.
Called one of the finest up and coming coaches in the country, he works with the Region IV Olympic Development Program as a staff coach and previously as a Nevada ODP Head Coach for the Boys Program. Rod currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and United Soccer Coaches Premier License. Rod also serves as the Boys Director of coaching at Los Angeles Premier Football Club, serving as the Academy Director on the Boys Side at LA Premier. Rod and his wife Graziella live in La Crescenta with their son and daughter.
Carlos Aguilar - CSUF, Assistant Coach
Lev Kirshner - SDSU, Head Coach
Allofs Lima - LMU, Assistant Coach
Nico Johnson, Assistant Coach
Stephen Marshall, Assistant Coach
Ross Macklin, Assistant Coach
Shane Carew, Head Coach
Andriy Bundnyy- Assistant Coach
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