Bernardo Silva was elevated to the team's top assistant coach prior to the 2019 season. He joined the Sacramento State women's soccer program prior to the 2018 season as a volunteer, taking on multiple roles in support of head coach Randy Dedini and Assistant Coach Rozie DeWeese.
Prior to joining the Hornets, Silva most recently served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UC Santa Barbara, his alma mater, in 2017. He was also the associate head coach at Cal Poly, starting with the Mustangs as a volunteer assistant in 2013. He was elevated to a full time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2014 and '15 seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2016.
Silva graduated from UCSB in 2011 after playing for the Gauchos. During his time at UCSB – where he earned a degree in psychology with a double-minor in sport management and fitness instruction – Silva worked as a regional scout for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. In his role with the Red Bulls, he identified and recommended collegiate players for the franchise.
Silva, who possesses a U.S. Soccer Federation National C coaching license, also studied sport and exercise psychology at Loughborough University in England. While there, he added to his knowledge of soccer while serving as an intern for the Scottish club Hearts of Midlothian FC, where he observed training sessions, staff collaboration meetings and studied coach-player dynamics.
Finally, Silva holds a personal training certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.