Earthquakes & Dragons Announce Eric Bucchere as New Head Coach
Former Dragons Assistant to Lead the Team for 2016-2017 Season
Mike Jenkins - BurlingameDragons.com - 12/19/15
The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Wednesday that the club has hired Eric Bucchere to serve as the head coach of the team’s Premier Development League affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC. Bucchere, will take over the team immediately as preparations begin for the 2016 USL-PDL season.
Bucchere, a Dragons assistant last season under Coach Dana Taylor, takes the reins of a team that is coming off of a fantastic inaugural season which saw them finish with a 11-2-3 record, a Southwest Division championship and a Western Conference Final Four appearance.
In addition to his duties with the Dragons, Bucchere will remain the head men’s soccer coach at Menlo College. In his three seasons at Menlo, Bucchere has led the Oaks to a 28-18-8 overall record and a Cal Pac North Division Regular Season Championship in 2014 .
He has also served as an assistant coach with the Earthquakes Academy from 2013-2015, helping guide both the U-16’s and the U-18’s. In 2014, Bucchere led the U-16’s to a U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy Elite 8 appearance.
After the announcement of his hire, Bucchere met with BurlingameDragons.com and took the time to answer some questions about the upcoming season and the excitement surrounding the organization.
What attracted you to the Dragons job last year as an assistant?
“The Dragons are a top-level team in the Bay Area, they are affiliated with the Earthquakes, and I get the chance to work with players I've come to know well within the Earthquakes Academy and the Bay Area. Any coach would have been honored to get the opportunity and it was no different for me.”
What was it about last year's experience that made you throw your hat in the ring for the head coaching job this year?
“If you've had the good fortune in your life to win a championship, you know how special it is. Being a part of the 2015 PDL Southwestern Conference Championship group and knowing what went into it, and how much fun it was, it's only natural to want to do it again. When (Earthquakes Technical Director) Chris Leitch offered me the position, it was an easy decision.”
If I am a casual fan or a season ticket holder, why should I be excited that Eric Bucchere is the Head Coach of the Burlingame Dragons?
“I think the fans and I are excited about the same thing. BDFC is a first-class organization in the heart of the Peninsula committed to playing an attractive and exciting style of soccer, while bridging the gap between promising young Bay Area talent and our Bay Area MLS franchise, the San Jose Earthquakes. It's a dream come true for lifelong fans of the game, like myself.”
What are you on-the-field/off-the-field expectations for the Dragons this season?
“I'm a competitive person and coach by nature and we have a competitive team, so winning is always a goal. But it won't be the only goal by which we measure success. Between the lines and outside the lines, we want to be a team the fans can appreciate, respect, and be proud of representing Burlingame, the Earthquakes, and the Bay Area. We want to succeed while developing players and preparing them to take the next step in their playing career. We want players to look back and say that those summers with BDFC really helped me grow into a professional.”