UCSB Vacation Camp Kickoff

Last week marked the first of our three UCSB Vacation Day Camps.  Over 50 boys and girls ages 5-12 worked hard all week, practicing their footwork, shooting and passing skills. Our future gauchos were divided up into groups based on both age and skill. Additionally, the kids were prepped with tons of World Cup trivia, getting them excited to watch and cheer for their favorite teams.UCSB Men and Women Soccer players, Marshall Carzares, Miranda Cornejo, Ashley Dean, Savannah Francis, Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Ishmael Jome, and Daniel Welsh served as coaches and mentors throughout the week.  Having student athletes as coaches enabled the campers to witness the soccer skills of top Division I players.
The second Vacation Camp is underway this week and the third and final camp runs from August 4th-8th at Girsh Park, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  For more information and online registration, please visit Santabarbarasoccer.com. Walk-up registration is accepted.

UCSB Vacation Camp: Starting Today!


Today marks the start of the first week of UCSB’s Vacation Camp at Hollister School. This camp is designed for boys and girls 5-12 years old to work on their shooting, dribbling and passing skills while focusing on team work and learning about the upcoming World Cup Games! This is a great opportunity for kids in the local community to meet some of our Big West Champion players and star-athletes from the Women’s team. We offer a small ratio between coaches and kids to foster better skill development in personal environment.

The following camps will be from June 16th-20th and August 4th-8th at Girsh Park, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. For more information and online registration, please visit Santabarbarasoccer.com. Walk-up registration is also available.

For more information please contact:

Men’s Soccer Office: 805-893-6044, waid.ibrahim@athletics.ucsb.edu

Big West Champs Visit Isla Vista Elementary

The 6th grade class at Isla Vista Elementary School had a special last day of school on Friday, May 30th. Three Gauchos held a one-hour soccer clinic where the kids were able practice drills and scrimmage with the players. Big West Freshman of the year Ismalia Jome, Armand Bagramyan, and goal keeper and Big West All-Freshman Team member, Josh McNeely were all in attendance. The kids were excited to work side-by-side with the Big West Champions. Image

UCSB at La Cumbre Jr. High & More

Waid Ibrahim, the Gaucho’s Community Outreach Coordinator, has been visiting local Santa Barbara schools working with kids from all over the community. Ibrahim, a Ghana native and former gaucho player at UCSB for three years, recently visited La Cumbre Jr. High to participate in their Career Day.

Waid at La Cumbre Jr. High

Waid at La Cumbre Jr. High

He helped guide graduating students in their decisions looking forward to high school and beyond. He spoke about how he chose his path and what it means to be a coach, regardless if athletics are involved. Waid also visited Santa Barbara High School where he held a seminar for freshman, many of who will be first generation college students. Keep up to date with future UCSB Gaucho’s events by following our blog. 


The Gauchos are gearing up for the 2014 season, on and off the field! Over the past few months, members of the UCSB Men’s Soccer Team, led by the team’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Waid Ibrahim, a former UCSB forward, have been getting involved working with our community’s youth.

Guachos at El Camino Jogathon

Guachos at El Camino Jogathon

The UCSB Men’s Soccer Team players, Ismaila Jome, Isaiah Trejo, John Rehl, and Andy Perez visited Goleta Elementary to hold a one-hour clinic. The clinic emphasizes individual instruction in a fun-filled environment. The Gaucho’s also sent all of their freshman players to participate in the El Camino Elementary Jogathon to raise money for their school. The players ran alongside the kids, supporting them every step of the way.

The Gauchos love giving back to the community and exciting kids about higher education and student athletics. For more information on up-coming events, please visit our Community Outreach Page.

A Special Visit to Cottage Hospital

Members of the UCSB men’s soccer team recently visited Omar Ibarra, an 11-year old soccer fan who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, at Cottage Children’s Hospital.

Visiting Adam’s Elementary School

As part of the Gauchos Give program, UCSB men’s soccer visited Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara for “College Days”, to promote following college dreams and staying in school.

2013 AYSO Skills Day

Giving back to the community that give us so much

Assistant Coach Greg Wilson Featured on SB Parent Click

“The Key to Sportsmanship”


Submitted By: SBFitKidz Director, Andra Wilson

Look in the Mirror

From SBFitKidz Director, Andra & SBFitKidz Staff & UCSB Assistant Coach, Greg Wilson

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”- Knute Rockne

We know it when we see it, but how do we make sportsmanship an essential part of life for our kids? From the playground to the professional sports arena, there are literally hundreds of examples of good sportsmanship out there and we’ve all been witness to it. It’s the best feeling in the world to see your child display this coveted quality…and the worst feeling when he or she {or you for that matter} succumb to poor sportsmanship.

Click here for full article.

Gauchos in the Community


On Friday February 1, UC Santa Barbara Men’s Soccer attended Foothill Elementary School’s PE classes to teach the students some good ol’ soccer.  Players Matthew Glodack and Daniel Welsh showed the students how to kick and pass the soccer ball around, and then had a friendly game of soccer as a group.  Many of the kids were excited and eager to be taught by their role models and star players.  They answered questions about proper technique, showed the students some really awesome juggling skills they had, and went on to explain to the students how important it was to attend college and receive a degree.  The students in the PE class had a great experience and are extremely excited about student athletics in higher education, and are looking forward to watching the Guachos in the fall!



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