Francisco Lopez, Head Varsity Coach for San Gabriel Mission High School (San Gabriel, CA), has been coaching soccer for nearly 2 decades. He holds USSF National “C” License, Coerver Youth Diploma, and the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Certificate. He also studied in Computer Information Technology from Mt Sierra College, and utilizes his technology background to bring modern technology into coaching, creating new ways of learning the Principles of Soccer for a new generation of youth soccer players.
At San Gabriel Mission, he has helped lead the team to Horizon League Championship and CIF-SS playoff appearance in 2016, marking the school's first championship in 15 years.
A former Marine, Francisco played on his high school soccer team at Cathedral High School (Los Angeles) from 1989 to 1992 and later at Glendale Community College from 1997 to 1998. He began his coaching career working under Rudy Zeller, as a camp coach at Go For Goal soccer camps in NorCal. In 1997, Francisco was tasked to start the JV program at Cathedral High School, and as their Head Coach he brought the team to consecutive Santa Fe Championship victories in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004, Francisco became Varsity Head Coach at Cathedral, leading the team to the CIF Quarter Finals and Del Ray League Champions with an undefeated record and just 1 goal allowed the entire season.
As Cathedral's Assistant Varsity Coach from 2005 to 2014, Francisco helped bring his teams to League Championships every year except 2009, CIF-SS Playoff Appearances every year, CIF-SS Division IV Quarterﬁnalist in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011, and CIF-SS Division IV Semi-Finalist 2007, 2012, and 2013, as well as CIF-SS State Regional Appearances in 2014 and CIF-SS Division IV Champions in 2014.
From 2007 to 2008, Francisco was Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Futbol Club (La Canada, CA), after which he became Head Coach of the Santa Anita Soccer Club (Arcadia, CA). From 2011 to 2014, Francisco was Head Coach of F.C. Golden State (Pasadena, CA).