Paul Bravo, Head Coach
Bravo has 15 years of experience as a coach and technical director. After he retired from playing, he spent two years as an assistant for the Colorado Rapids, then took the same role at NCAA powerhouse UCLA. He moved back into professional soccer as an assistant with the LA Galaxy for three seasons, then returned to the Rapids to serve as technical director from 2009-16, winning MLS Cup in 2010.
Following his time with the Rapids, Bravo returned to the Bay Area to work with vaunted U.S. Soccer Development Academy program De Anza Force. In addition to his role with Roots, Bravo will continue to oversee De Anza Force as well as girls powerhouse California Thorns FC.
Jordan Ferrell, Assistant Coach
Ferrell has over eight years of coaching experience. He is currently the head coach of Sacramento Republic’s U-17 and U-19 Academy teams, and also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of the Pacific. Ferrell previously spent two years as the head coach of San Joaquin Delta College. The Stockton native was a defender for Cal State East Bay in Hayward from 2005-08.
Víctor Bernárdez, Assistant Coach
Oakland Roots have signed Honduran World Cup veteran Víctor Bernárdez as a player-coach. He will suit up as a center back on the field, and will additionally serve as an assistant coach under Roots head coach Paul Bravo, helping to lead a locker room being built from the ground up.
No stranger to Bay Area soccer, Bernárdez played in 162 games for the Earthquakes, and played a pivotal role on their back line during their run to the 2012 Supporters’ Shield. He also earned 72 caps for the Honduran national team, including appearances in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
Larry Jackson, Goalkeeper Coach
Jackson will be the goalkeeper coach and in the mix for playing time in goal, joining the staff after a professional career spanning 2014-18. Jackson signed with the New England Revolution in 2014, and spent one year with the MLS side. He then spent two years in the PDL and one in the USL before choosing to begin his coaching journey. The East Palo Alto native played collegiately for Santa Clara University from 2009-13.