2016 Burlingame Dragons Coaches

 

Head Coach - Eric Bucchere

Eric Bucchere joins the Dragons as head coach for 2016. He was an assistant coach on Burlingame’s staff during the club’s inaugural season of 2015, which resulted in an 11-2-3 overall record, a Southwest Division championship and an appearance in the Western Conference Final Four. Bucchere was also an assistant coach with the Earthquakes Academy from 2013-15, helping guide the U-16s to a U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy Elite 8 appearance in 2014.  

In addition to his role with Dragons FC, Bucchere remains the head coach at Menlo College. In his first three seasons with Menlo, Bucchere led the Oaks to a 28-18-8 overall record and a Cal Pac North Division Regular Season Championship in 2014.

Before his time at Menlo, Bucchere spent five seasons as the head assistant coach at UC San Diego, where here led the Tritons to an overall record of 44-33-14. In 2012, UC San Diego’s defense ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II with a conference-record goals against average of 0.44 and a 0.71 shutout percentage by way of 12 clean sheets in 17 matches played. UCSD allowed only eight goals all year, its lowest total in the Division II era, and maintained three separate shutout stretches in excess of 400 minutes. 

Bucchere holds a U.S. Soccer Federation 'B' coaching license and was previously a standout midfielder at UC Santa Cruz under head coach Paul Holocher from 2001-04.  A four-year letter winner, Bucchere helped the team to a 69-12-3 during his four seasons.  The team qualified for the NCAA tournament three of the four years, winning NCAA DIII Western Regional Championships in 2003 and 2004 and appearing in the 2004 NCAA DIII National Championship Game.

A 2005 graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in literature, Bucchere went on to spend two seasons as the head assistant coach for the Banana Slugs from 2006-08. During his tenure, the team put together a 36-7 overall record, qualifying for the NCAA Division III playoffs in both seasons. In 2006, UCSC registered a nation-leading 20 shutouts and led the nation in goals against average while advancing to the NCAA Round of 16.  In 2007, UCSC again reached the NCAA Tournament and earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award for 2007-08 (3.0 GPA).

He and his wife Julia reside in Menlo Park, Calif.

Eric can be reached at Eric@burlingamedragons.com or you can follow him on Twitter @ericbucchere

 

Assistant Coach - B.J. Noble

Coach Noble,  the current head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, comes to the Dragons with over 25 years of coaching experience. Since taking over the NDNU job in 2009, Noble has coached 55 All-Pac West selections, 28 NSCAA/Daktronics All West-Region Selections and 3 NSCAA/Daktronics All-American Selections. In 2012, Noble led the men’s program to the NCAA Division II National ChampionshipTournament for the 2nd time in school history.

Before arriving at NDNU, Noble spent time coaching at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. He has also spent time in the U.S. Olympic Development Program, serving on the Region IV Far West staff .

Noble earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Northern State University in 1996. He completed his master's in higher education from University of Redlands in 2006. Noble also holds coaching licenses with US Soccer and the NSCAA.

When away from soccer, Noble enjoys playing a variety of sports, is an avid sports fan and enjoys hanging out with family and friends. Noble and his wife Shannon reside in Millbrae, California with their son Brayden.

 

Assistant Coach - Shane Carew

Shane currently serves as an assistant coach at San Jose State University where he has worked for the past two seasons under head coach Simon Tobin.  Before arriving in San Jose, Carew was an assistant at Elon University, helping guide them to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013.  Carew currently holds a USSF “A” soccer coaching license.

His playing career involved professional stints with multiple teams in his native Ireland including Shelbourne FC and Kilkenny City.  Carew played collegiately at the University of Charlotte from 2000-2002. He amassed multiple honors, including being named a three-time All-Conference USA selection. In 2003, Carew was selected to the Irish National Team that competed in the World University Games in South Korea.. 

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach - Mike Keller

Coach Keller joins the Dragons staff from the Academy of Art University, where he has served as Head Coach for the past three season's. Under Keller's watch, the Urban Knights have enjoyed their two most winningest seasons (2013, 2014) in program history. Seven players have been named all-Pacific West Conference and 14 different players have earned a total of 22 Academic All-PacWest and Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement awards.

A San Carlos native, Keller played soccer at Cañada College for two years, guiding the Colts to the CCCAA State Championship Game as a freshman. Cañada finished the season ranked fifth in the nation as Keller earned All-West Region honors. He was also named Team MVP as a sophomore. Keller is a 2003 UC Davis graduate and earned a Master's degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State two years later. He currently resides with his wife, Natalie, in San Carlos.

You can follow Coach Keller on Twitter @CoachMikeKeller

 

Volunteer Assistant Goal Keepers Coach - Matt Tudor

Matt currently coaches at Menlo College where he assists Dragons Head Coach Eric Bucchere.  While Tudor possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the game of soccer, his primary focus will be working with goalkeepers. He holds a number of licenses and certifications including a US Soccer National Goalkeeping License, NSCAA National Goalkeeping Level II and a NSCAA Premier Diploma.

Tudor’s playing career saw him play his collegiate soccer at Wittenberg College (OH) of the North Coast Athletic Conference. Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Tudor spent time playing in the USISL wit the Ann Arbor Elite and in the NPSL with the Detroit Rockers.

You can follow Coach Tudor on Twitter @MatthewTudor