EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s soccer team has hired Emanuel Martins as an assistant coach, head coach Kat Mertz announced Saturday. Martins most recently served as the assistant coach of the United States Women’s National Under-17 Team, and has coaching experience in all levels of soccer.
Entering the second season of the Mertz era, Oregon’s coaching staff is loaded with U.S. National Team experience. Mertz helped lead the U20 squad to the 2008 FIFA World Cup title as an assistant coach, while UO assistant coach Christie Welsh was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2000-2008 and scored 20 goals in 39 competitions. Martins has served for the U17 team for just over a year, with USA compiling a 9-0-1 record in that time.
Martins will serve as Oregon’s recruiting coordinator in addition to handling various coaching duties.
“Manny will be a great addition to our Duck family,” said Mertz. “He is a great coach with experience in the U.S. youth ranks and in the Pac-12, and is a good person that will fit in well at the University of Oregon. We’re looking forward having him on board.”
Martins – who was born in Portugal – also brings Pac-12 experience with him to Eugene, having served as an assistant coach at UCLA from 2011-13.With Martins on staff for two seasons, the Bruins posted a 34-4-6 overall record with a 16-3-3 mark in Pac-12 competition. Martins helped lead UCLA to the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
With the Bruins, Martins coached a pair of number one draft picks in women’s professional soccer; Sydney Leroux (2012/Atlanta Beat/WPS) and Zakiya Bywaters (2013/Chicago Red Stars/NWSL). Martins also coached four NSCAA All-Americans during his stay in Los Angeles.
Martins then accepted a position with the U.S. U17 team, where he has served as an assistant coach since 2013. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating and training the best prospects in the United States youth ranks. While Martins was with the squad, U.S. scored 45 goals while conceding two in 10 matches. During that time, Martins was also the Los Angeles area liaison for the United States Soccer Federation.
Prior to his stints with U.S. soccer and UCLA, Martins filled multiple roles at the highly successful Los Angeles Premier FC. He was named Director of Coaching and Player Development for the team in 2006, and was named head coach of their WPSL team in 2010. Martins earned WPSL Coach of the Year honors in 2010. Prior to his work with Premier FC, Martins had additional success in the club ranks as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Los Angeles Rampage FC from 2006-2010.
Martins began his coaching career as an assistant with is alma mater, Sylmar High School, in 1996. He assumed head coaching duties two years later and led the program to a 101-54-22 record in seven seasons. While at Sylmar, Martins served as an assistant coach at Los Angeles Mission College and helped the team to a conference championship, a No. 2 ranking in the state and a No. 3 ranking in the nation. He moved on to Division II Cal Poly Pomona, serving as an assistant coach for three seasons.
After serving for three seasons with Pomona, Martins was named head coach of Los Angeles Mission College. Martins also served as the boys head coach at Granada Hills Charter High School from 2007-10 while at LA Mission.
Martins was born in Portugal and moved to San Fernando, Calif., in 1993. He played soccer at Sylmar High School and LA Mission College. Martins earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona in 2006 and holds a USSF A License. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Creole.
Martins and his wife, Lorena, have three children; Isaiah, Emma and London.