June 13, 2017

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Oakland women's soccer has added Katie Diaz, Brian Diaz and Steven Lindquist to its staff announced Head Coach Juan Pablo Favero on Tuesday.

Assistant coaches Katie and Brian Diaz join the Golden Grizzlies staff after spending the past year with the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Columbus, Ohio.

"I am extremely grateful to have Katie and Brian join our coaching staff," Favero said. "They both have ties to the Midwest which will enhance our recruiting efforts and they each have a unique set of skills and a wide array of experience that will be invaluable to our players, the program, and our Athletic Department."

Katie Diaz brings 10 seasons of coaching experience between the collegiate and club level, including stints at Upper Iowa University, Middle Georgia College and Converse College. In addition to her coaching experience, Diaz brings eight years of fitness and health training expertise to Oakland.

"In addition to Katie's experience coaching at the college and club level, her background in exercise science is an area of expertise that has become a necessity in the modern game. As we move towards the use of heart-rate and GPS technology, her knowledge will be instrumental in enhancing our ability to use this to its maximum benefit."

Katie Diaz earned a bachelor of science in wellness and corporate fitness from Defiance College and a master of science from University of South Alabama.

Brian Diaz has garnered 11 years of collegiate coaching experience both at the DI and DII level. Diaz has been the head coach at two DII programs with stops at Converse College and most recently, Upper Iowa University. Diaz also has been on the Olympic Development Program (ODP) coaching staff since 2006.

"Brian has a vast amount of experience in the collegiate game," Favero said. "He is a tireless recruiter, a great teacher of the game, and because of his head coaching experience, he will be able to add a unique perspective to every aspect of helping run the program as we aim for an even higher level of success."

Brian Diaz earned a bachelor of arts in sports management and general management from Tusculum College in 2002, following a master of education in educational leadership from University of South Alabama in 2012.

Steven Lindquist joins the Golden Grizzlies as the director of soccer operations after spending the last season as the Washtenaw Community College men's soccer head coach.

"We are excited to have Steven join our staff as our director of operations," Favero said. "His experience coaching at the club and junior college level will be an asset to our program and I know he will add value to Oakland women's soccer in many different areas."

Lindquist has a degree in elementary education from Valparaiso University where he was a member of the men's club soccer team from 2009-12. Lindquist has been coaching at the club level since 2006.

Katie and Brian Diaz, and Lindquist join head coach Juan Pablo Favero who took over the women's soccer program in March.




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