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Orlando Cervantes
Orlando Cervantes

Position:
Head Coach (third season)

Orlando Cervantes enters his third season as head coach at Lamar.

Cervantes, who was named the third head coach in program history on July 16, 2012, didn't wait long to make an impact. In his first season, he led the Lady Cardinals to the best record in their six-year history, guiding Lamar to a second-place finish in the Southland Conference and their first-ever berth in the Southland Conference championship game.

In his first year at Lamar, Cervantes saw the Cardinals post single-season records for wins (11), goals scored (41) and goals-against average (1.37).

In his second season at Lamar, Cervantes kept an injury-plagued squad in contention for a Southland Conference Tournament berth up until the last weekend of the season.

Cervantes came to Lamar from Indiana University, where he spent two years as an assistant women's soccer coach. Prior to his stint at Indiana, he was an assistant coach at Cal Poly, where he helped the Mustangs win a Big West Conference championship.

Cervantes was the head coach for two seasons at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for one season, while also serving as the school's sports information director. Cervantes' job as a head coach was at Holy Names University for three seasons. Cervantes led the team to a pair of top three finishes in his first two seasons.

He got his start at UC Santa Cruz in 1996 as an assistant for both the men's and women's teams before moving on to his alma mater, San Jose State University, in 1998 as an assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer teams. He coached two first-round and one third-round draft picks in the Major League Soccer Draft on the men's side and helped the women's team qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and capture a WAC Championship. The men also advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Cervantes also has experience with the Olympic Development Program (ODP), currently a member of the instructional staff with the California Youth Soccer Association as well as the USYSA ODP - Region IV team. He has served as the head coach of the California-North State ODP team.

His professional experience came with the California Jaguars of the United Soccer League (USL), where he was the head coach and assistant general manager responsible for player personnel and operations.

Cervantes graduated with a degree in kinesiology and minor in Spanish from San Jose State University. He recently earned a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.

He and his wife, Rachel, have a son, Canon, and a daughter, Graciana. The family resides in Beaumont.

CERVANTES YEAR-BY-YEAR AT LAMAR

Season W L T Pct. Postseason

2012 11 9 1 .548 Southland finals

2013 7 10 2 .421 None

TOTALS 18 19 3 .488

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03/21/2013

Soccer hosts exhibition game on Friday

Austin Nationals visit Lamar for 5 p.m. contest

02/11/2013

Soccer signs midfielder

Alexandria Vigil led Flower Mound to district title

12/12/2012

Kristin Bos named first-team all-academic

Lady Cardinals place four on second team

12/04/2012

Kristin Bos earns all-region honors

LU sophomore is first Lady Cardinal to earn all-region accolades

11/04/2012

Soccer edged in Southland final

SFA holds on for 2-1 win over Lady Cardinals

08/27/2014

WSOC: Preparing for the Home Opener this Weekend

The Lady Cards prepare for their home opener Friday, August 29 at 7:00 PM in the Lamar Soccer Complex. The game will also be broadcast live at bigredsn.com

08/18/2014

WSOC: Red and White Scrimmage

The Lady Cardinals took each other on in the intra-squad Red and White Scrimmage Sunday night. Head Coach Orlando Cervantes gives his thoughts on how the scrimmage went. (BEAUMONT, TX)

08/13/2014

Soccer: Pre-season Preview

Head Women's Soccer Coach Orlando Cervantes discusses hosting the Southland Conference Tournament, the Southeast Texas heat, and goals for the season.

10/30/2013

Lady Cards look to head into postseason play

Beaumont, TX

10/24/2013

Lady Cards play ACU & UIW

This weekends game will be aired on the Big Red Sports Network (BRSN) via Youtube. (Beaumont, TX)

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