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Taft College Cougars Men's Soccer

Coach Angelo Cutrona

Angelo Cutrona started his coaching career volunteering as a youth soccer coach for several club teams in Southern California in 1996.  He later moved to the collegiate level in 2000 as the assistant coach for Fullerton College.  He was the assistant coach for two seasons before he found his home at Taft College.

Angelo began at Taft College in 2002.  In his first season, he coached his team to a winning record and a spot in play offs.  Over the next couple of seasons he kept the same enthusiasm and intensity coaching his teams to the 2nd round of playoffs in 2005.  By 2006 Angelo helped his team find their way to the State Finals.  That season they held an 18-4-3 record, but fell short in the finals.  In 2007, Angelo made his way back to the State Championship and left with the Title. He continued the same momentum in 2008 and 2009, making it to the quarterfinals and State Championship for the third season.  In the past four seasons, his team has been ranked in the top 10 nationally, and has taken the Central Valley Conference Title twice. 

Angelo’s success with his team has not gone unnoticed.  He has been named Central Valley Coach of the year twice, has been nominated for National Coach of the Year, and was named the West Regional Community College Coach of the Year in 2009.
Angelo has been involved in soccer for over 27 years.  He graduated from Orange High School in 1997 where he played with players who are now on the U.S. national team.  He earned freshman MVP and won two Century League titles. He also helped his team earn the CIF championship in 1996 as the starting left back.  He continued on playing at Fullerton College where he earned second team and first team All- Area awards. Angelo is proud to have gone through the Community College route and feels like he can relate his experiences with his players now.  He then went on and completed his collegiate career at Cal State University of Dominguez Hills where they were the 2000 Division II National Champions.

Other assets that Angelo has brought to the table alongside his coaching and playing experience is his ability to speak three languages.  He speaks Spanish, Italian, and English which allows him to relate to several cultures within the Kern County soccer community.

Angelo graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education / Teaching Option.  He continued his education at Fresno Pacific University earning a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology.  He is also a father of two (Angelo Jr. and Malia) and a husband to the women’s coach Myisha Cutrona.

Coach John Delaney

John began his coaching career in 1995 going back to his alma mater assisting the boy’s varsity soccer team for 2 seasons. He spent two summers coaching for Nike at their youth soccer summer camps where he worked with top Div I and Div II college players as well as some of today’s MLS players.

In 2006 John joined the Taft College soccer staff as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer program. In his first season as the assistant for the men’s program, he helped the team earn first place in the Central Valley Conference, finish #2 in the state, and #4 in the nation. In his second season he helped the team to a state championship and a final national ranking of #2.   On the women’s side, John has helped head coach Myisha Cutrona (his sister) build a program that has taken 2nd place in the Central Valley Conference the past two seasons.

John has been playing soccer for over 29 years. He grew up playing soccer in Long Beach with some of the top clubs including the Long Beach Cougars, Cerritos Corinthians, and the South Bay Santos.   He had the opportunity to compete in Japan with a team comprised of all the top players in Southern California.  He graduated from Long Beach Wilson High School where he was team captain for two seasons, 1st team All Moore League for three years, Moore League MVP one year, and 1st team All CIF.  He was MVP of the Cal all-star game and he also played in the Puma Classic all-star game.  John continued on to play two seasons for Long Beach City College where he was the starting sweeper, team captain, and an all- SCC selection. He finished his collegiate career at Cal State Dominguez Hills.