MEN'S SOCCER ADDS CHIMIENTI, MARTINEZ TO STAFF
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State men's soccer head coach Michael Linenberger has announced the addition of Anthony Chimienti and Omar Martinez to his staff for the 2011 season.
Chimienti will be an assistant coach and work with forwards, replacing Greg Curry who left to take a position at UC Santa Barabara. Martinez will take over for Oscar Sandoval as the Hornets' volunteer assistant coach and work with defenders.
Chimienti brings experience from both an eight year club soccer coaching career and a long-time professional playing background with the San Jose Earthquakes, the Sacramento Knights and the United States National Beach Soccer Team. The 2001 graduate of Santa Clara led the Broncos to NCAA College Cups in both 1998 and 1999.
"We are very excited to add Anthony to our staff," Linenberger said. "He has a very impressive playing background and will bring new thoughts and ideas to our program. He should be able to really help our attacking players."
Martinez played for the Hornets in 2007 and 2008, earning all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in both seasons. The Half Moon Bay, Calif., native had a team-high five assists in his senior season and started all 36 games of his career on the backline. He played professionally with Baymon FC in Puerto Rico and with Sacramento Gold FC.
"Omar was a very good player for us," Linenberger said. "He will be a positive mentor for our players."
The Hornets, who are coming off back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament first-round victories, start the 2011 season on Aug. 19 with an exhibition against Cal State Stanislaus. Sacramento State will also have a home exhibition game against Stanford on Aug. 21 before opening up the regular season on the road at Loyola Marymount on Aug. 27.