Soccer has always been a part of Alex Machin’s life.
Growing up in Colombia, South America, “Young kids breath and love the sport of soccer … I grew up watching my boyhood club, which is America de Cali, and I always had the dream to play for them one day which led me to start playing at the age of 4,” Machin wrote.
Now, he takes the helm as Lassen Community College’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach — his first head coaching position — and he’s ready. Already the team is having an impressive start, with a record of 5-2 as of Thursday, Sept. 23.
“By the time I was 18, I knew that being professional soccer player was not my career path, so I decided to look into other alternatives. As a sophomore in high school, the idea of coming to the USA and playing college while I obtain a degree could be a realistic option for me. I finally got recruited as a senior to play for the University of Northwestern Ohio (NAIA) were I competed for three seasons. During my time there, I really enjoyed watching my coach do his job and bring players from all over the world which prompted me to pursue a college coaching career,” Machin shared with Lassen News.
Machin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports management and marketing and his Masters Degree in sports business at Webber International University.
His coaching career started at Clermont Football Club, where he coached both boys U15 and girls U17, placing second in the GCF of the FYSA with both teams. He continued his coaching career at South Lake High School for the 2015-2017 seasons.
In 2017, Machin began his college coaching career at Webber International University where he served as an assistant men’s soccer coach as well as recruiting coordinator from 2017 to 2020. While at Webber, he also coached at Four Corners FC where he coached the U18 Premier Boys team as well as the U11 Boys team. With the U18, we won the greater central Florida boys championship going undefeated with a record of 8-0-1. He also assisted with the Four Corners FC Men’s D1 team.
As the season begins for Machin and the 2021-2022 men’s soccer team, the new head coach is excited for the year. He also has some big goals for the team.
“I hope we stay competitive and make to the conference championship. If we win the conference championship, I hope we can make it to the state level.”
Although wildfires and uncertainties caused some delays in the beginning of the year, Machin believes it has only helped make them stronger and bring them closer together.
“I hope we are a competitive team, which we have been so far. As long as my team puts in the time and effort each day, I will be a happy coach,” he wrote.