Melissa Fernandez

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley.. playing club soccer Melissa Fernandez earned a scholarship to play at the collegiate Division 1 level for Cal State University of Northridge. Fernandez was named Big West tournament MVP as a senior where she helped her team to their first NCAA birth in 2012.

Fernandez became a volunteer assistant coach for CSUN for two years.  She also played in the WPSL and UWS (formerly known as W League) for 10 years on local teams such as Santa Clarita Blue Heat, LA Strikers, and LA Villa. She was also a Portland Thorns trialist in 2014. In 2018, she joined LA Valley College as an assistant coach and is now the head coach for the junior college.

Additionally. she pursued a career advocating for people in need and spent 2019 interning at a Behavioral Health Unit. Melissa graduated with a Master's in Social Work from USC, December 2019.

Melissa plans to continue to work in the adult mental health field as well as coaching club soccer.

 

Current Coaching Positions

  • LA Bulls G2008 Red, G2010
  • Associate Head Coach at LA Valley College

Current Club Positions

  • Head Coach

Former Coaching & Club Position

  • Harvard Westlake Girls' JV & Varsity Assistant Coach
  • California State University, Northridge Volunteer Coaching Assistant
  • Barcelona California Head Coach (B06, B07, G04)
  • Oakwood High School Assistant Coach

Playing Experience

  • Blue Heat, LA Strikers, LA Villa (WPSL/UWS)
  • California State University, Northridge 2009-2012
  • Granada Hills Charter HS Varsity

Education

  • California State University, Northridge- B.A. in Kinesiology, emphasis in Physical Education, Minor in Psychology
  • California State University of Southern California- Masters in Social Work