Last week, FC Gold Pride announced the appointment of Vilmar Marques as the Pride's First Assistant to Head Coach Albertin Montoya.
"Vava's commitment to soccer is unwavering," said Montoya "I'm confident that he is the right person to complement the returning staff and will be of great help in continuing to develop our team. This move brings us one step closer to achieving our objective on the field of producing a championship caliber team."
The long-time Bay Area resident, known to most as "Vava," brings with him decades of experience on the international, national and local levels as a player and coach.
Marques began his playing career in his native country of Brazil, where he spent five years as a professional with Goiania Sport Club (1981-1986), earning his way into the U-20 Brazilian National Team player pool in 1982.
Following his five-year stint as a professional in Brazil, Marques moved to the United States in 1986 where he continued his playing career, first as an amateur, earning the distinction of Community College All-American with the Foothill College Men's Soccer team (1988) before rejoining the professional ranks of soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes (1988-89) and Milwaukee Waves (1989-1990).
While playing as a professional, Marques also began his distinguished career as a coach. Since beginning his coaching career in 1989, Marques has compiled an impressive resume that includes experience at every level of the game.
Since 1995, he has helped develop youth players in the Bay Area as a club coach (1994-current) with Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) and Stanford Soccer Clubs as well as serving as head coach of Los Altos High School Boy's Soccer team for the last 10 years (1999-current).
He has also served as the Men's, Girl's and Boy's head coach with World United FC since 1995, a fútsal and soccer club based out of the Bay Area.
At the collegiate level, Marques coached the Foothill College Soccer program on both the Men's and Women's side for nearly two decades and continues to serve his alma mater as a Physical Education instructor.
He has been a member of Santa Clara University Girl's Soccer Camp Coaching staff since 1989 and spent 2006-07 in the East Bay as the head Men's and Women's soccer coach at Holy Names University in Oakland.
When the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994 and 1999, Marques served as the liaison to the Brazilian National Team. He was with the Men's team in ‘94 when Brazil captured the championship and in ‘99 when the Brazilian women took third place.
Possibly Marques' most notable contribution to the global growth of soccer has been his current role as the Assistant Coach of the United States Fútsal Men's National Team a post he has held since 1999.
"I'm really excited to work with the Pride," said Marques. "I'm especially looking forward to having the opportunity to coach alongside Albertin and also looking forward to working with a very talented group of women, especially since I know a few of them already. I think we're going to have a very exciting season. I'm really looking forward to it."
Marques will assume his responsibilities immediately and will join Montoya in Los Angeles to get a look at some of the top WPS prospects at the US Women's National Team Training Camp and U-23 Training Camp at the Home Depot Center.
The Mountain View resident joins fellow Brazilian and women's soccer legend Sissi, Jay Cooney and Seth Alberico as Assistant Coaches of the Pride.
The previous story is excerpted from a press release by FC Gold Pride and is reprinted by beat writer Lauren Green.
Green is a freelance writer who writes for Bleacher Report and Sports, Then and Now. She can be contacted for comment or hire at firstname.lastname@example.org . PHOTO CREDIT: www.womensprosoccer.com/bayarea
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