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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State women's soccer head coach Randy Dedini announced that Bernardo Silva will assume the top assistant position heading into the 2019 season. Silva is elevated into the role after spending last season as the team's volunteer assistant. His official title is Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator.

"I am very excited to have Bernardo Silva join our coaching staff full-time," said Dedini. "His work with our leadership group in 2018-19 as a volunteer assistant was excellent and has helped our team set a cultural foundation we can build on. He brings great energy and our soccer ideas and philosophies align. 

"Bernardo's collegiate experience in player development, prospect recruitment and team building will make huge contributions to our program moving forward."

"I am thankful for the opportunity and trust that Coach Randy has given me with this promotion," said Silva of the move. "I'm looking forward to contributing to the success of our women's soccer program."

"I fell in love with Sacramento State the day I stepped on campus," he added, "and after a year of being with the program I can attest to all the great things our school, Athletics department, and women's soccer program have to offer our student-athletes. I am excited to be part of the Hornet family!"

Silva joined the Sacramento State women's soccer program prior to the 2018 season, taking on various roles in support of Dedini and the program at large as a volunteer assistant.

"Last year's role was a very rewarding one for me as I was able to work alongside Coach Randy and Coach Rozie," Silva said of his first year with the program. "I worked diligently behind-the-scenes in the planning and structuring of training sessions, game-film analysis, leadership group sessions, and what we decided to call 'team culture sessions' to continue reinforcing a positive, family, and growth-oriented culture within our women's soccer program."

Prior to joining the Hornets, Silva spent a year with UC Santa Barbara as the women's program's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Before that, Silva served as the associate head coach at Cal Poly, where he began as a volunteer assistant in 2013. He was elevated to a full time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2014 and '15 seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2016. 

Silva graduated from UCSB in 2011 after playing for the Gauchos. During his time at UCSB – where he earned a degree in psychology with a double-minor in sport management and fitness instruction – Silva worked as a regional scout for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. In his role with the Red Bulls, he identified and recommended collegiate players for the franchise.

Silva, who possesses a U.S. Soccer Federation National C coaching license, also studied sport and exercise psychology at Loughborough University in England. While there, he added to his knowledge of soccer while serving as an intern for the Scottish club Hearts of Midlothian FC, where he observed training sessions, staff collaboration meetings and studied coach-player dynamics.

Finally, Silva holds a personal training certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.