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FORMER HORNET LUPERCIO RETURNING AS MEN’S SOCCER ASSISTANT COACH

FORMER HORNET LUPERCIO RETURNING AS MEN’S SOCCER ASSISTANT COACH

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former Sacramento State midfielder Pedro Lupercio has rejoined his alma mater as an assistant coach, head coach Michael Linenberger announced on Tuesday.

"Pedro was a really good player for us and has been really big on getting his coaching education and licensing and has decided this is what he wants to do for a living.," Linenberger said. "We're excited to bring him in; he has a lot of maturity and he has a passion for coaching. He is going to be good for the players and will be fantastic on the field so he will be a great addition to the staff."

Lupercio was a four-year Hornet and a three-year starter in the midfield. He tallied two goals and 10 assists in his career, ranking second on the team with five assists during his senior season in 2006. He started all 18 games in 2005 and 18 of 19 contests in 2006, only missing one game after a red card.

"Its very exciting to be back," Lupercio said. "I really enjoyed my time as a player and I'm looking forward to being a coach. I wanted to pursue the pro ranks (as a player) and now I am ready to be a coach here."

Lupercio played professional soccer through 2014, primarily playing with the Sacramento Knights and Sacramento Gold in the NPSL. He also played with the Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico and played indoor soccer for the Stockton Cougars.

Since 2010 Lupercio has worked as a technical director and head coach for the Elk Grove United soccer club while he earned Advanced National and National diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He has also served as a research analyst and administrative assistant at the Andrew M. O'Brien Vocational Rehabilitation clinic since 2006.

A native of Dixon, Lupercio graduated from Sacramento State in 2007 with a degree in kinesiology. He added a master's degree in performance psychology from National University in 2014.