NOC Hires New Soccer Coach

Juan deDios CastilloNew head women’s soccer coach at Northern Oklahoma College is Dr. Juan de Dios Castillo, a former player in the Mexican professional league, announced Jeremy Hise, NOC athletic director.

Having lived his entire life as part of a professional soccer family, and having played at a high level himself, Castillo brings a great bank of soccer expertise to the NOC program. As a member of the U20 Mexican national team and also as a professional player, he acquired a unique and diverse knowledge of how the game is played.

This knowledge, coupled with the experience gained in continued learning and teaching of the game as a member of the coaching staffs and as an apprentice coach and observer for many professional soccer clubs is where he draws the basis for his philosophy of play. This philosophy brings a proven, successful style of “attacking” futbol (soccer) to the field.

In 2011, Castillo with his wife, Cheyenne, and their two sons, Ethan and Enzo, relocated from Monterrey, Mexico, to near Cheyenne’s home town of Sapulpa. Castillo’s passion for the game and ability to teach it soon spread to the youth level in Oklahoma. He co-coached the Tulsa Soccer Club, a West Side Alliance boys’ club team, a West Side Alliance girls’ club team and was named West Side Alliance Director of Vertical Transitions. In addition, he has coached varsity boys’ soccer at Sapulpa High School for the past three years.

Castillo is the son of Juan de Dios Castillo Gonzalez, who played professionally for many clubs in Mexico and for the Mexican National team and also had a long career as a coach for numerous professional clubs all across Mexico and Central America as well as serving as the national team head coach for three different countries.

“Juan's passion for coaching was clear throughout the interview process,” NOC Athletic Director Jeremy Hise commented. “His vision of a family atmosphere and commitment to education are a perfect fit for the Northern family. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will keep our program at a championship level and I think our student-athletes will love playing for him.”

“I’m excited to have Juan join our coaching staff.,” NOC President Dr. Cheryl Evans said. “His expertise and love of the game will be an asset to our program and our players will benefit from his leadership.”