Richardlistens Podcast with LA SURF and Occidental College Coach Rod Lafaurie

46m | Apr 28, 2023

Radames "Rod" Lafaurie enters his 12th year as the Occidental College men's soccer team's head coach.

A former soccer standout at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. he contributed to two CIF championships teams.  As a club player, he guided his teams to two Coast Soccer League Premier titles and two Surf Cup Super Group tournament wins before he continued his soccer career at Cal State University, Northridge, a Division I member of the Big West.  During his four-year career, Lafaurie amassed the record for most wins as a goalkeeper in program history, helping the team to perennial top-25 national rankings while consistently participating in the post-season play.  Lafaurie was named the 2003 Cal State Northridge Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Matadors as well as a Second Team All-Big West member.

After capping off his collegiate career, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications in 2005, Lafaurie went on to train with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a reserve for a season under Steve Sampson and followed up with a two-year stint in the Premier Development League (PDL).  Simultaneously, while playing professional soccer, Lafaurie completed master’s degree coursework in History from CSUN in 2007.

Called one of the finest up and coming coaches in the country, he works with the Region IV Olympic Development Program as a staff coach and previously as a Nevada ODP Head Coach for the Boys Program. Rod currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and United Soccer Coaches Premier License. Rod also serves as the Academy Director at LA Surf in charge of all elite programing for the largest club in greater Los Angeles.  Rod and his wife Graziella live in La Crescenta with their son and daughter.

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