The Sierra College Women’s Soccer team under Jason Gantt has made it to two consecutive appearances to the sweet 16 in the CCCAA Soccer Championship tournament. The 2009 the team finished 11-7-3 and in 2010 the Women finished 10-5-7 and had a goals against average of .77 for the season. Gantt serves as the Women’s Soccer coaches representative for the BIG 8. Former players Elizabeth Scherrer (Stanislaus State) and Kyleah Rozario (San Francisco State) have both gone on to play at the next level. The 2009 team received The Team Academic Award by NSCAA by having a team GPA of above a 3.0 and the 2010 team also had above a 3.0 (awarded in December 2011).
Before coming to Sierra, Jason held the position as Top Assistant Coach of the Men’s Soccer team at Sacramento State University 2003-2008. A native of Roseville, CA and graduate of Oakmont high school winning a Div 1 Sac Joaquin Section Title in 1995 and Was a two time CAL All-League Selection as well as a 1997 Sac Bee All- Metro Soccer Selection. Gantt, was a 4 sport athlete at Oakmont and was named Oakmont’s Male athlete of the year in 1998. As a student athlete at Sacramento State in soccer, Gantt earned all-conference honors in 2000 and 2001 as one of the top defenders in the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and was named Academic All Conference in 1999. In four years with the program (1998-2001), Gantt appeared in 58 contests, including 47 starts. As a captain in his senior year 2001, the Hornet’s won a MPSF league title a first for the program. A recipient of the Vincent Beale (2001)award and the Donald Gerth (1999) awards as a student athlete for the Hornets. Gantt was a member of the Pro Select League (3rd Division) and played two years for the California Gold (2002, 2004) in the Western Conference. In 2004, he was a member of Team Sacramento which won the PASL Indoor National Championship.
A holder of a USSF A license, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping license in coaching, Gantt has been coaching the Placer United Soccer Club since 2000. He is currently coaching the under-11 boys and under-17 boys of the Placer United in Loomis, CA. Former Placer players include: Luis Martinez- Chico State, Ryan Hollingshead- UCLA, Pat Carden- Sac State, Brian Oliver- Sac State, Oscar Ruiz- Holy Names, Casey Bernard- Sac State/ Sonoma State, Matt Foy- Sac State, Andy Breault- CSU Monterey Bay, Maria Dela Cruz- Idaho State, Austen Bravo-St. Mary’s, Megan Hanson- Dominican, Daylon Schiffel- Univ. Central Arkansas, Uriel Moreno- William Jessup, Conner Delaney- CSUMB, Matt Thayer- UCSB. Gantt has coached youth teams to a State Cup championship and US Club Regional Championship. Two former players from Sacramento State Ernesto Carranza and Fernando Cabadas were recently drafted in the Major League Soccer draft by New England Revolution and Chivas USA. In 2008 and 2009, Gantt served as a staff coach for the US Youth Soccer Regional Olympic Development Program in the Far West Region.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in business finance and risk management insurance, Gantt completed his master’s degree in kinesiology (Sports Performance) at Sacramento State in 2007.
"Being from Roseville, I am excited to promote and develop our local women soccer players by providing them with a competitive environment and quality education. I will also be making a big push to get the local soccer community involved with the Sierra college soccer program through camps, ball kid opportunities, and youth soccer tournaments."
Bryan joins the coaching staff with a love and passion for a game he has grown up playing. Bryan played for the Placer United Competitive Soccer Club for six years and was part of the State Cup Finals. He also played for Bella Vista High School and lead the Broncos to a Section Championship his senior year.
But, Bryan’s greatest accomplishment was playing at the higher level with our neighboring American River College. He started as an outside midfielder and was dangerous in the attack. His aggressive playing style has helped make him a respected coaching figure, and he is excited to be giving back to a sport he truly enjoys. Bryan currently holds an E/D coaching license and has experience coaching young women from club to the high school level. He has worked with teams ranging from Sierra College Soccer Camps, Bella Vista Junior Varsity, and Fair Oaks Select.
He is currently continuing his education to accomplish his dream of becoming a CHP Officer. “I truly have a passion for soccer and I feel that my commitment to the game can help teach these young women the value of hard work and commitment to achieve great things”
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