June 7, 2006
BERKELEY - Pieter Lehrer joined the California men's soccer program as a full-time assistant coach, Golden Bears head coach Kevin Grimes announced today. A volunteer assistant coach for the 2005 Bears, Lehrer came to Cal after working with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, Evansville and Stanford. Lehrer played professional soccer in Europe and trained with the U.S. national team in the late 1980s after winning the 1985 national championship as a player at UCLA.
Lehrer helped the Bears achieve a 14-4-3 record and an appearance in the elite eight of the NCAA Championship last fall.
"Pieter brings an enormous amount of experience as a player and coach to our program," said Grimes, the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. "He has worked under two of our country's finest coaches in [former Stanford coach] Bobby Clark and [former Galaxy coach] Sigi Schmid. His tireless work as a volunteer coach was a huge part of our elite eight run. It also enabled Pieter to understand our program, and more importantly, the tendencies of our players."
The owner of a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" license, Lehrer was the top assistant coach for Evansville during the 2004-05 season. He was on the Galaxy's staff from 2001-03, which included the Galaxy's 2002 MLS Cup and 2001 U.S. Open Cup titles. Lehrer had two stints at Stanford, from 1999-2000 and from 2002-03. The Cardinal was the College Cup runner-up in 2002 and an NCAA tournament quarterfinalist in 2000. In 2002, Lehrer was named the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In addition, Lehrer has coached at the youth level, coaching the Under-18 Region IV team and the Under-15 District II team in 2003-04 as part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP). He also coached a class I Palo Alto boys under-16 team in 2003-04.
After his playing days as a Bruin ended in 1986, Lehrer played for Balzano in Italy, Tirol Innsbruck in Austria and St. Mirren FC in Scotland from 1986-88.
Lehrer, who graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a degree in history, replaces former Cal assistant Brad Agoos, who recently became the head coach at Seattle University.