Seventh-Year Coach Key Member of Cal's Success in Recent Years
Pieter Lehrer News
Associate head coach Pieter Lehrer enters his eighth season at Cal. During his time at Cal, the Golden Bears have had unprecedented success, reaching the NCAA Tournament and winning the Pac-10 title in 2010 as well as at one point winning back-to-back Pac-10 championships and making four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. During his Cal tenure, several Bears have moved on to play at the professional level in MLS, Europe, USL-1 and USSF Division 2 Pro League, including six players from the 2010 team earning spots in MLS. He is actively involved in all aspects of the program - recruiting, training, player development, game operations and management, video, alumni relations, administration and camps.
Lehrer joined the Bears from the University of Evansville in Indiana, where he spent the 2004 season as an assistant coach. While at Evansville, the program enjoyed its best season since 1996-97 and compiled a winning record for the first time in four years. One player moved on to sign and play with the MLS.
Previously, he spent four years as an assistant coach for Stanford from 1999-2001 and in 2003. During this time, Stanford made three NCAA College Cup appearances. From those teams, 11 players signed and played with MLS teams. For this success, Lehrer was honored with the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2003.
During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Lehrer served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. While with the Galaxy, the club won both the 2002 MLS Cup and the 2001 Open Cup.
His overall combined record as an assistant at the collegiate and professional level is an impressive 153-61-27.
Lehrer has also served as an assistant coach for the ODP U-18 Region IV team, as well as the head coach for the ODP District II team.
Lehrer holds a United States Soccer Federation A License and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
As a player, Lehrer played for UCLA and was a member of the program's first NCAA Championship team in 1985. He also played professionally in Europe from 1986-88.
Lehrer participated in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the Antigua high kneel canoe team, as well as qualified and competed in the Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in 1990.
Lehrer graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a degree in history. His wife, Christy, was a former record holder and team captain of the Stanford track and field team. The Lehrers reside in the East Bay with their two children and two dogs.