Julio Castillo comes to FC Los Angeles possessing numerous years of coaching success at the highest competitive levels in academy, club, college and high school soccer.
In his first season as head coach, Castillo led the Los Angeles Mission College Men’s soccer team to its first playoff appearance in many years. Castillo also led the Real So Cal Boys U-18 Academy team to the finals and was named Far West Coach of the Year. He won the United States Youth Soccer National Championship with his U-14 boys Valley United Blast club team, which contributed to his winning Youth Coach of the Year honors. Castillo’s Valley United Boys ‘91 squad won League and League Cup in 2002 and 2003. He also led his teams to a National State Cup Championship and Far West Regional title in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Castillo coached his Boys ‘92 team to League titles in 2003 and 2004.
At the high school ranks, Castillo was the head coach of the Reseda High School Boys’ varsity team for six years, in which the Regents made the playoffs every season. Among the Northridge players Castillo coached while at RHS were Matador All-Americans Edwin Miranda and Willie Sims. In 1998, Castillo and the Regents won the City Championship and he was named Coach of the Year. Castillo was also an assistant with the Pierce College women’s team and helped them reach the playoffs in their first season. He served as the assistant coach for the California State University of Northridge Women’s team for two seasons. Castillo has also coached at Louisville and Harvard-Westlake High Schools.
The native of Guatemala earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State Northridge in 2002. Castillo currently lives in Lake Balboa, California with his wife and their children.
Castillo holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "D" Coaching License
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