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Coaching Staff


Head Coach     Ignacio M. Saldain, M.S.  

No. of Varsity Seasons: 10      

Royal High School Alumnus (Class of 1995)


USSF "B" License (Expected Summer 2021)

USSF "C" License (2017)

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (2015)

LA84 Sport Science & Goalkeeper Course Certified (2013)

USSF National "D" License (2012)

National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Certified

American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Certified

Specialty: Young Adulthood Sport Psychology 

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Playing Experience

St. Patrick's Academy U-12 (Argentina, 1988-90)

Colegio Nacional de Adrogue U-14 (Argentina, 1990-1992)

UC Irvine Men's Club Team (1999-2001)

Deportivo Nacional Jr., Gran Liga de Oxnard (Semi Pro 2001-2005)

Leon, Gran Liga de Oxnard (Semi Pro 2006-2007)

Continued playing in Adult Leagues (San Fernando Valley & Simi Valley, 2007-Present)


Coastal Canyon League Coach of the Year (2016)

Marmonte League Coach of the Year (2010, 2014)

CIF State Coach of the Year Nominee (2014)


Coaching Stats

Career Varsity Record (W-L-T): 202 - 97 - 34 [0.700]

Varsity League Champions: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

JV League Champions: 2006

2014 CIF SS Div. 2 Finalists

2014 CIF Div. II Cal State Regional Finalists

Club Soccer Career (W-L-T)55 - 36 - 11

Simi Valley Eclipse SC:

2018 Season: Boys 2002 (U17) Silver-Elite (W-L-T): 25 - 10 - 4

2017 Season: Boys 2000 (U18) Silver-Elite (W-L-T): 15 - 9 - 2

2016 Season: Boys 2000 (U17) Silver (W-L-T): 15 - 17 - 5

High School Tournament History (Varsity):

2018 Royal Winter Showcase Champions

2018 Crescenta Valley Winter Classic Runner-Up

2017 Crescenta Valley Winter Classic 3rd Place

2017 Royal Winter Showcase Champions 

2017 Ralph Brandt Tournament 3rd Place

2014 Valley Kick-Off Classic Finalists

2013 Valley Kick-Off Classic 3rd Place

2012 Valley Kick-Off Classic Champions

2010 Valley Kick-Off Classic Champions

2007 Ralph Brandt Tournament Runner-Up

2006 Diamond Bar Classic Champions 

Coached high school and club soccer for 18 years (573 games):

Simi Valley Eclipse SC (Boys 2000) 2016-Present (102 games)

Royal HS - Boys Varsity Head Coach 2009-Present (306 games)

Royal HS - Boys Varsity Assistant 2007-09 (49 games)

Royal HS - Boys JV 2004-07 (67 games)

Channel Islands HS - Boys Varsity 2002-04 (34 games)

Channel Islands HS - Girls Varsity 2001-02 (15 games)

Assistant Coach     Oscar "Papi" Saldain

Playing Experience

Club Atletico 9 de Julio U12-U14 (1962-64)

Club Atletico Talleres de Remedios de Escalada U15-16 Professional team (1965-66)

Club Atletico Lanus U17- Argentine Pro Team (1967)

Santa Paula FC - Argentine Semi Pro Team (1968-73)

Villa Dalmine FC - A.F.A. Nacional "B" - Argentina professional team as a defensive midfielder (1973-75)

Lipton FC - Semi Pro (1976-92)

Inter & Condors (Semi Pro teams in the San Fernando Valley (1992-2000)

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Junior Varsity

Head Coach     Oscar Saldain

Assistant Coach     Ignacio Saldain


Head Coach     Hernan A. Udaeta

2nd season as F/S Head coach

USSF "C" National coaching license (2017)

USSF "D" National coaching license 

Cal South "E" coaching license 

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Coach Hernan Bio:

My soccer fever started in Bolivia 1972 playing for my School since I was in Kindergarten. I came to the USA in 1974 and played for AYSO in Torrance Ca. where I made the All-Stars team 1974-1976.

1977 played for Simi Valley Thunder SC

1980 played for SVYSL Prmier Futbol Club 

1983 played for the U16 State Circuit team

1984 I was honored to play for RHS Boys Soccer

1985 I went back to Bolivia and played for Anglo Americano, also played in a Division 1 league and for the soccer league Enrique Happ.

I had the honor to play with the local professional team Wilsterman. The coaches I had in my soccer career thought me more than just soccer. I give thanks to my best coach ever Nora Castillo she is the one who was a great role model in my young days of soccer. I thank my parents for supporting me through out my years of playing around the world.

I am an experienced coach and player driven to motivate and encourage youth to aim high and strive for success in the most respectable manner. I have proven expertise in coaching, managing and overseeing both youth and coaches as well as setting up curriculum for the Simi Youth coaching organization.

I am dedicated to interacting with the highest level of professionalism, personal integrity, and to the development of youth,parents and coaches alike. I'm able to provide extensive teaching opportunities with 20 years coaching experience and 42 years playing experience both high-school level, competitive recreational, and pro levels.

Assistant Coach     Christian Udaeta

2nd season as F/S Assistant coach

Cal South "E" coaching license 

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Assistant Coach     James Espinoza 

2nd season as F/S Assistant coach

Cal South "E" coaching license 

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Assistant Coach     Mike Robledo 

2nd season as F/S Assistant coach

Cal South "E" coaching license 

CPR/1st Aid Certified

Coach Saldain

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The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.

 - Anson Dorrance

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Nunquam non paratus

 - Latin proverb

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coach hernan

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. 

 - Pele

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Success is where preparation meets opportunity.

 - Bobby Unser

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coach james

Winning means you are willing to go longer, work harder and give more than anyone else.

-Vince Lombardi