HEAD COACH SEBASTIAN VECCHIO
Sebastian Vecchio was hired as the fifth head coach in the history of CSU Bakersfield's women's soccer program on Feb. 20, 2018.
A Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-C-USA goalkeeper in his playing career at the University of Memphis, Vecchio was an assistant at Big 12-member Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas from 2016-2018 and came to Bakersfield with 15 years of coaching experience. In five of those years, Vecchio helped his teams reach the NCAA Tournament.
As an assistant with the Horned Frogs, Vecchio worked with the goalkeepers, developed game plans, and maintained scouting reports. TCU produced eight shutouts in each of his three seasons on staff. The team's goals-against average also improved each year he was on staff, falling to an impressive 0.82 in 2017.
Prior to coaching at TCU, Vecchio also made collegiate stops at Vanderbilt University, Rice University and Memphis. As an assistant coach, Vecchio proved to be an exceptional recruiter and contributed to a top-25 nationally ranked class with the Commodores. Vecchio has recruited seven National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region selections, in addition to 26 all-conference selections and seven all-conference freshman picks. He was also able to recruit student-athletes that excelled outside of the classroom. Vecchio's recruits racked up 75 academic honor roll selections, four SEC community service awards and an academic all-American selection.
As a player, Vecchio started for two seasons for the Tigers after transferring to Memphis from Mid-Continent College in Kentucky. He allowed just 12 goals in over 1,500 minutes of action in 2004, posting a school record of 0.69 goals-against average. That season, he was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and was picked to the All-Conference USA first team. He finished his career with a school record 1.02 goals-against average and produced 21 wins in two seasons.
Vecchio obtained a bachelor's degree in marketing from Memphis in 2005 and a bachelor's in sports and leisure management in 2008. He holds a USSF National C License and a National Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA.
Vecchio resides in Bakersfield, Calif. with his wife, Rachel, and son, Luca.