Contreras, Mitchell added to soccer coaching staff

By Doug Fitzgerald published August 2, 2006

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer coach Flavio Mazzetti announced the addition of Brian Contreras and Matt Mitchell as his new assistant coaches Wednesday.

Contreras starred on the Cheyenne Mountain High School soccer team in 1995-98. He helped the Indians win the state championships in 1995, and helped them get into the semifinals in 1997. Contreras was a Class 3A Player of the Year in 1995, and 4A Player of the Year in 1997. He also was All-State in 1995, 1996, and 1997.

Contreras was part of the Olympic Development Program when he was 15-18. Also he was in the National Pool U. 15. Contreras holds a USSF “C” license

He played for the Loyola (Chicago) for four years. While there he was named All-Newcomer in 1998. He was also named All-Conference in his sophomore, junior, and senior years.

He has coached the past three years for the Pride Soccer Club. Additionally, he was assistant coach for Mesa Ridge High School in 2003 and head coach of Evangelical Christian Academy in 2003-04. He has also coached camps for eight years.

Mitchell was the starting goalkeeper for the Mountain Lionsâ€TM soccer team in 2003. With Mitchell in goal, UCCS posted a 10-7 regular season record and went on to the RMAC playoffs. Before and after his season at UCCS, Mitchell trained with teams in the English First Division and the Spanish Second and Third Divisions.

He has been the head goalkeeper coach for the Pride Soccer Club and Corinthians Soccer Club, both located in Colorado Springs. In that capacity over the past five years he has instructed goalkeepers of all ages and abilities, some of whom no doubt will be future UCCS students.

While the bulk of Mitchellâ€TMs soccer experience was gained on European pitches, it began right here in Colorado Springs at Pine Creek High School. Mitchellâ€TMs Pine Creek team reached the state playoffs for the first time in school history.

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