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To:  The St. Pius X Alumni, Families, and Friends

From: A. J. Herrera-- St. Pius X High School Boys Head Soccer Coach

As a member of the St. Pius X class of 1999, I'm excited to be representing the black and gold again as the soccer program's head coach.  The coaching staff and players are working extremely hard and are already off to a great start as our Varsity is 5-0 and our JV is 3-0-1. 

As alumni, I know you all have the vision of our SPX boys' soccer team achieving success with the class and pride that St. Pius is known for.

The only way we can be successful is as a community, which includes the Alumni, the current Administration (coaches & staff), Athletic Director Jim Cook, our current student body, and all SPX friends and families. 

 

Part of this success is outfitting the soccer team with adequate equipment and uniforms.  I'm asking, those of you that are interested, to consider supporting the boy's soccer team by donating funds to the following address: 

 

St. Pius X Boys Soccer
5301 St Joseph's Dr. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Checks can be made payable to "St. Pius X Boys Soccer".

Please forward this to anyone you know would be interested in supporting our program.

We look forward to seeing you at our matches this year.

Respectfully,

Coach A. J. Herrera


Boys Soccer 
Coaching Staff

Head Coach - A.J. Herrera

Coaching Certifications:  

National “D” License

National Youth License


Coaching Experience:  (10 years as a Head Varsity Coach)


St. Pius X High School, Albuquerque NM     March 2015-Present

-Head Coach Boys Varsity

  • 2015:  Record 12-7-2

    • District Runner Up

    • Quarterfinal appearance in State Tournament

Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM                                      Fall 2014

-Head Coach Girls Varsity

  • Season Record:  14-7-0

  • #3 Seed in the State Tournament

  • District Champions

  • Notable wins:  ABQ Academy, St. Michael’s, Piedra Vista


Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, NM                     Fall 2007-2013

-Head Coach Boys Varsity

  • Took over a 2-18 (2006) program and in 2007 finished with a 9-9 record.

  • 2010 District Coach of the Year (District = Santa Fe, Capital, Los Alamos, Bernalillo)

  • 2012 record of 13-8.  Qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in ~20 years.

       

Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM                                        Fall 2006

-Head Coach Boys Varsity

  • Season Record:  16-6-0  

  • Semifinal Appearance in the State Tournament

  • District 2AAAA Champions

  • #2 Seed in State Tournament

  • Notable wins:  La Cueva, ABQ Academy, Santa Theresa, Taos (3 Victories), St. Mikes, Capital, Santa Fe Prep


Playing Experience:

St. Pius X High School (1995-1998):

-4 State Championships (1st place)

-SPX Career Points leader (253)

-SPX Career Goals Scored leader (103)

-SPX Single Season Goals Scored leader (37)

-2nd in SPX Career Assists (47)

-1998-1999 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Player of the Year

-1998-1999 Parade Magazine High School National Player of the Year


College Experience: University of Maryland, Division I (1999-2003):

-4 year starter

-2 Final Four Appearances

-Finished career as the 5th All-time leader in Assists

-ACC Player of the Week Award (2001)

-All Tournament Team Selections:  Creighton Tournament (2003), Maryland FILA Tournament (2003)

-ACC tournament champions (2002), ACC tournament runner-ups (2003); ACC Regular Season champions (2003)

-Game Winning Assist in ACC Semifinals vs NC State (2003); Scored lone goal in ACC Championship Game vs Virginia (2003)

-January 2004- MLS Combine invitee and participant (Senior All-Stars)

-Trained with the Atlanta Silverbacks professional team during the Spring of 2004 & before the Fall season decided to step away from the soccer playing career to pursue a Masters in Business Administration while working full time & coaching high school soccer in Los Alamos.


National Team Experience (1996-2000):

-U16, U17, U18 National Team Member

-Full-time starter all 3 years

-U20 National team pool

-Leading Scorer U16 and U17 teams

-1997 Youth Olympics in Moscow

-Multiple tournaments in Europe and Asia


Varsity Assistant Coach / Head Goalkeeper Coach - Jason Maestas 

Education and Certifications:
  • St. Pius X HS Graduate - 2004
  • Benedictine University - B.B.A. in Marketing 2008 & M.B.A. 2010
  • USSF E - License
  • Illinois Youth Soccer Association & USSF - Goalkeeping Certification
  • Licensed Coach - NM PED 
Coaching Experience:
  • St. Pius X HS - 2015 to current
  • Kickers SC - Aurora, IL -  Staff Coach: 2012-2015
  • Aurora University  - Goalkeeper Coach - 2012
  • Benedictine University – Assistant Coach – Men’s and Women’s Soccer -2008-2011
  • Chicago Fire Soccer Club (MLS)– Player Development Intern - 2008
Playing Experience: 
  • Club - Albuquerque United FC: 2002-2005
  • High School - St.Pius X HS: 2000-2004
  • NPSL – Albuquerque Asylum: 2005
  • College – Benedictine University: 2004-2008 
Honors:
  • Senior Scholar Athlete Leadership Award (Benedictine University Athletics)-2007/2008 School Year
  • Benedictine University Men’s Soccer Captain-2007
  • Northern Illinois Iowa Conference Honorable Mention-Soccer 2005
  • Northern Athletics Conference Honorable Mention – Soccer 2007
  • 1 st Team New Mexico All-State Soccer Honors- 2003
  • 2-Time NM 4A High School State Champion (2002 & 2003)– St. Pius X HS
  • 2-Time NM State Champion (2003 & 2005) and 1-Time Region IV Finalist (2004) –ABQ United FC 
Personal:
Jason lives in Rio Rancho with his wife Rebecca and two boys, Lucas (4) and Matthew (2). Jason lived in the west suburbs of Chicago for 11 years before returning to New Mexico in the Spring of 2015. Jason runs MGI Fundraising with his father, that provides fundraising coaching to schools throughout New Mexico. 

JV Coach - Gabe Baca


 

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