REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (July 27th, 2021) – Bay Cities F.C. is proud to announce that Eric Bucchere has joined the leadership team as the Club’s first Sporting Director. Bucchere will be tasked with creating both the staff and player rosters as Bay Cities gears up for their inaugural NISA season in 2022.
Prior to joining Bay Cities F.C., Bucchere was the head assistant coach for Reno 1868 F.C. of the USL and head coach for the Earthquakes’ USL Premier Development League (PDL) affiliate, Burlingame Dragons F.C., from 2015-2016. He has extensive experience coaching and has had stints at Menlo College, San Jose Earthquakes, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. Bucchere also serves as the CEO and Sporting Director for Path2Pro, an agency designed to help give up-and-coming players opportunities to grow their sports careers with professional clubs.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this new and exciting project in the Bay Area. To get the opportunity to help build the first-ever professional rosters for the Men's & Women’s teams at Bay Cities F.C. is a true honor. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact this club will have on the field and in the community,” said Bucchere.
Throughout his career in coaching, Bucchere set records in performance and led his players to find success both as a team and individually. While coaching for the Burlingame Dragons F.C., he successfully led the Dragons to a second consecutive PDL Conference Championship, and a second consecutive appearance in the PDL Western Conference Final Four. This followed his earlier success at Menlo College where his team had the best season in program history in 2016 and won a GSAC regular season title and a GSAC tournament championship. These wins were the first GSAC titles in the history of Menlo College.
Under Bucchere’s leadership, three players at Reno 1868 F.C. signed MLS contracts with the San Jose Earthquakes after the 2017 USL season, as well as five Burlingame Dragons F.C. players who signed MLS contracts after the 2016 PDL season.
“Having someone of Eric’s background and expertise join our project is a huge win for us,” said Anders Perez, co-founder and president of Bay Cities F.C. “From his time at these other clubs, and from his work at Path2Pro, Eric has developed a keen eye for talent. He is passionate about giving young players opportunities and is aligned with our vision of identifying the right talent to represent our brand of football. We cannot wait to see his work show on the field.”
Aside from his success as a coach, Bucchere also has experience playing on the field. From 2001 to 2004, he was a standout midfielder at UC Santa Cruz under head coach Paul Holocher, where he helped his team qualify for the NCAA tournament three times, winning the NCAA DIII Western Regional Championships in 2003 and 2004.
The addition of Bucchere, who holds a United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ coaching license, is a big achievement for Bay Cities F.C. It will help the club move toward their goal of creating tangible opportunities for local players while giving them the leadership they deserve. For more information, visit the Bay Cities F.C. website https://www.baycitiesfc.com/.
About Bay Cities F.C.
Bay Cities F.C. is a grassroots club based in Redwood City, Calif., that is dedicated to bridging communities through love of soccer regardless of social or economic background. Its mission is to unify and celebrate the dynamic, diverse population of the Peninsula in sport, outreach, and Bay Area pride through youth, community, and innovation. We’re here for you. For more information, visit https://baycitiesfc.com/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.