Head Coach University of La Verne Men's Soccer
Trevor Persson is the head coach of the men's soccer team at the University of La Verne (California). Entering his fifth season at the helm of the men's program, the Leopards have steadily improved, including making it to the final game of the 2015 SCIAC Postseason Tournament (the school's first).
Coach Persson brings both on-field experience and a solid educational background to his coaching—including a National "C" coaching license—that has allowed him to enjoy success and earn honors such as the 2016 SCIAC Coach of the Year.
Before his time at La Verne, Coach Persson was a coach at Cal St. University (San Bernardino), and at his (undergraduate) alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona, while also coaching at the youth levels—where his teams have been impressive, too. From Legends FC U-14, U-15 and U-17 boys to the CZ Elite in Pasadena (Boys U-17 and Girls U-12), he has effectively developed youth teams that have been nationally ranked, including an impressive U-18 squad that finished ranked No. 1 in the country.
A standout on the field, Coach Persson played four years at Cal Poly Pomona, from 1996-2000, earning NCAA D-II All-American honors as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. (He later received a Master's degree in education from the University of La Verne.) After his time with the Broncos, Persson got an opportunity at the professional level, beginning as a first-round draft pick of the San Diego Flash (NPSL). From there, he played for the Utah Blitzz (USL), helping the team win a national championship while on his way to second-team all-conference honors. And, adding to an already impressive professional resume, Persson ended his career as a reserve, from 2005-07, with the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.
Coach Persson lives in Eastvale, California (Riverside County), with his wife, Rocio Real—who also played soccer at Cal Poly Pomona—and his son Sebastian and his daughter Valentina.