The Marymount California athletic department announced the hiring of Anton Arrache as the Mariners' new head women's soccer coach. He will replace Courtney Thomsen, who was named the Mariners' Athletic Director last January.
Most recently, Arrache was coaching club and assistant academy director at Beach Futbol Club. During his time at Beach FC, he has helped his teams compete at the highest level within the state, regional, and national levels. He also has experience working with CalSouth ODP, capturing Region IV Championships in 2015 (G2000) and 2016 (B2000), and a National Championship in 2016 (B2000).
Arrache comes to MCU with college experience as well. In the fall of 2010, he began working as director of operations for the Long Beach State women's soccer program. He then served as an assistant coach from 2011-2013. During his time at CSULB, the 49ers won a Big West Conference Tournament title and made two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, Arrache's first year as an assistant, Long Beach had its best season in program history, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished with an 18-6-1 overall record. In 2012, Arrache helped the 49ers record wins over No. 11 Michigan and No. 24 Baylor as LBSU received an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season at 12-8-0.
As a player, Arrache started his collegiate career at Loyola Marymount before moving on to continue playing at San Diego Mesa College. He played for the So Cal Fusion and San Diego Pumitas, both NPSL teams, while in San Diego. He helped the Fusion to a national championship in 2007. Following college, Arrache played for CD Baztan in Spain before pursuing a career in coaching.
Arrache graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor's in Finance and earned his Master's in Sport Management at Long Beach State.
"Anton is a highly respected coach any many levels and we are thrilled to have him take over the women's soccer program," said Thomsen. "I am confident he will be able to raise the level on and off the field as the leader of our women's soccer program."