BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Community College has hired a head coach for Northwest Arizona’s first-ever women’s varsity football team.
Cynthia Cervantes most recently served as the head coach of the women’s team at Western Texas College and is currently an assistant coach for the US West Region Olympic Development Program, working with her friend and mentor, the champion Olympic soccer player Brandi Chastain.
At the MCC, in addition to helping build the region’s first women’s collegiate soccer program, she will also be an instructor and participate in student life activities.
A public announcement regarding the hiring was made at a special November 7 board meeting where college administrators received updates on the development of the men’s and women’s football programs and other college business.
“We are very happy and fortunate that Cynthia has accepted the position. She has experience as a varsity and Olympic development coach, and has a proven track record of working closely with character-building community youth programs and a talent pool for future athletes,” said said Camilo Valencia, director of soccer programs for the MCC and head coach of the men’s team.
Cervantes has been playing soccer since he was 12 and started coaching youth in his hometown of El Paso, Texas when he was 16.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and physical education from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in sports science from The Ohio State University. She went on to become a college instructor and coach, director of training for the El Paso Juventus Soccer Club, and coach for New Mexico Youth Soccer.
She’s also racked up some impressive accolades, including the 2010 and 2011 EL Paso MVP Player of the Year and the 2011 Carolina Conference Champion.