Taft College Cougars Women's Soccer

Kevin Lundy, Assistant; John Delaney, Assistant; Myisha Cutrona, Head Coach; Robbie Gouk, Assistant; Valentine Sanchez, Assistant.

Coach Myisha Cutrona

Myisha began her coaching career in 1998 for Los Alamitos High School as the junior varsity coach.   She decided to move on to coach the junior varsity team at her alma mater Long Beach Wilson High where she helped her team earn the conference title in her two season of coaching at the level.  In 2001, she joined the Wilson girls’ soccer varsity coaching squad and the LBCC coaching team.  As the assistant of both programs, she helped the Long Beach Wilson High team earn two Moore League Titles and also helped Maurcio Ingrassia (currently the Head Coach of Long Beach State) coach their team to win two State Championships and national rankings.  Several players that she coached at Long Beach City moved on to play Division I and Division II soccer.

Eventually, Myisha found her home at Taft College where she began as the assistant of the men’s soccer team from 2003 to 2006. She later moved over to the women’s program as the head coach in the inaugural season.  In the past four years of coaching the Lady Cougars, she has helped her team attain 2nd place in the Central Valley Conference for the past two seasons with the hope of earning a spot in play-offs for seasons to come.

Myisha began her soccer career as a player and has been playing over 23 years.  At Wilson High School, she was a 4-time Moore League first teamer, 2-time Moore League Defensive Player of the Year, 3-time team MVP.  She continued playing soccer at Long Beach City College where she was the starting midfielder and team captain.  There she helped her team win its first ever state title and earn a national ranking for the first time in history.  Myisha earned the Conference MVP and State Playoff MVP (1997).  She transferred to Long Beach State to follow her aspirations of playing division I soccer, but did not find that team to be a good fit, so she decided to go with her brother over to CSU Dominguez Hills where she was a 2-year team captain, team MVP, and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Myisha has finished her soccer career playing for national ranked AJAX of America.  With AJAX, Myisha has had the opportunity to play alongside and against some of the top athletes in the world.  She has also been fortunate enough to travel to Korea to play in the “Tournament of the Nations”.

Myisha currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on Athletic Training and a Minor in Biology from CSU Dominguez Hills. She received her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2006 from Fresno Pacific University and hopes to continue with a Doctoral Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Sport.  Because of Myisha’s accomplishments as a player, student, and coach, Long Beach City College gave her the honor of becoming an inductee into the Long Beach City College Hall of Champions in 2007.

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 27 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.