The 2018 signing class marks the first for Favero and his staff.
Wednesday's game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Golden Grizzlies' win marks Head Coach Juan Pablo Favero's first at the helm of the Black and Gold
The Golden Grizzlies finished in fourth place a season ago with a 9-10-1 record
The Golden Grizzlies take on Fort Wayne at 1 p.m. at Hefner Soccer Complex
Juan Pablo Favero was named Oakland University head women's soccer coach, announced by Director of Athletics Jeff Konya on March 6, 2017 and is entering his first season at the helm of the Golden Grizzlies. Favero, who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, spent the last five seasons as the Associate Head Coach at San Diego State.
During his time at San Diego State, he helped the Aztecs to an unprecedented four straight outright Mountain West regular-season titles, something that had never been accomplished in the 17-year history of the league. Along the way, SDSU posted a 64-15-6 (.788) overall record, including a 35-4 (.897) record against Mountain West competition, won three MW Championships crowns and earned three NCAA tournament berths, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2012.
Favero's coaching career has spanned 22 years at six different universities. The bulk of his experience has been as a head coach where he has accumulated an overall coaching record of 161-126-41 (.553) over 17 seasons.
Prior to his successful stint at SDSU he served as the first assistant coach for the women's program at South Florida during the 2011 season. While at USF, he was responsible for overseeing the team's forwards as well as the Bulls' offensive and defensive tactics. He also coordinated the recruiting and video analysis for the program.
Before a one year living experience in Argentina in 2010, he held the head coaching position at Georgia College & State University, where he was at the helm for two of the best seasons in school history as his teams combined to finish with an overall record of 23-9-9. In 2008, his team cracked the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top-25, reaching as high as No. 19. In that same season, the Bobcats also made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Favero coached 16 all-conference players in two years at GCSU, four all-region honorees and the first All-American in school history in 2009. The Bobcats gave up just 10 goals that year for a paltry 0.48 goals against average. The team added consecutive NSCAA Academic and Ethics/Sportsmanship awards for the first time in GCSU history.
Favero has a career-long pattern of taking programs from rags to riches. Prior to GCSU, Favero spent five seasons at Newberry College where he set school records for career wins (40) and winning percentage (.517). The 2007 squad recorded the program's best conference finish (second place) and best league mark in school history. The team also received votes in the NSCAA Division II Poll for the first time in school history.
In 2004, Favero led the Lady Indians to numerous school records, including best overall record at 13-5-1. He was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in only his second year at Newberry, which was his third career coach-of-the-year honor. In five seasons at the helm, the Indians garnered 15 all-conference awards, including one honorable mention All-American.
Prior to his success at the NCAA II level, he had a hand in rebuilding both the men's and women's soccer programs at Missouri Baptist University where he led his teams to NAIA prominence and earned American Midwest Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2001 (men) and 2002 (women). He helped turn around both teams en route to each winning conference championships and earning national ranks.
Prior to his work at Newberry and Missouri Baptist, he also helped rebuild the soccer program at his alma mater, Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he served as the assistant for the men's program from 1994-1996 before taking the helm as the head coach for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He has also also been involved in coaching and sports psychology with the Hawaii, Georgia and South Carolina Olympic Development Programs.
Favero made the trek from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the United States 26 years ago as a student-athlete on a scholarship to Marist College in New York. After later transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, he won numerous awards and was a two-time Academic All-American. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in international business and marketing and later earned a Master's degree in counseling psychology.
He is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), from which he holds a National "A" coaching license, and of the NSCAA, from which he holds the Premier Diploma. He is also a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the Argentine Association of Sport Psychology (APDA) and has a Level 1 Psychology for Soccer Certificate from the English Football Association.
In addition, he has worked as a sport psychology consultant with the U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Schools, the NSCAA Coaching Schools, the River Plate Club (Argentina), various collegiate teams and student-athletes, and several American and Argentine Universities amongst others. He has also published several articles on the topics of mental toughness, coaching and leadership.