Bernardo Silva Named Assistant Coach for Gaucho Women's Soccer

Bernardo Silva joins the UCSB women's soccer coaching staff after serving as Associate Head Coach at Cal Poly. (Photo courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics)
Bernardo Silva joins the UCSB women's soccer coaching staff after serving as Associate Head Coach at Cal Poly. (Photo courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Bernardo Silva, former associate head women's soccer coach at Cal Poly, has been named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Paul Stumpf announced Wednesday.

Silva, who graduated from UCSB in 2011, joined the Mustang staff as a volunteer assistant prior to the 2013 season. He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as a full time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and then was promoted to the associate head coach position in February of 2016. 

"Bernardo is a great addition to our UCSB staff," Stumpf said. "He has a great soccer background and is not only an outstanding technical coach but has a good eye for talent and is a good recruiter. He also brings a lot of energy in every aspect of the program. We're very fortunate to bring in a coach of his caliber." 

"I am thankful to the opportunity that Paul has given me and I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the program," Silva said. ""It has been a dream of mine to come back and coach at UCSB and the opportunity to work with a coach like Paul, and to be able to learn from him, is one I couldn't pass up."

Silva, a native of Portugal, was an assistant coach on the Cal Poly men's staff in 2012, prior to moving to the women's program. 

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.