San Diego, California - The San Diego State men’s soccer team has made three additions to its coaching staff for the 2014 fall season, head coach Lev Kirshner announced. Sami Nedjar begins his second stint as Aztec volunteer assistant coach, Dennis Sanchez will begin his first season as volunteer assistant coach and Carlos Menjivar is now the team’s director of operations.
Nedjar was part of SDSU’s coaching staff for four seasons from 2008-11, as he helped lead the program to a 32-28-15 record during that span. He has also served as technical director of San Diego United Futbol Club since 2008, and was inducted into the Granite Hills High Hall of Fame in 2011 after being head coach of both the boy’s (1999-2005) and girl’s team (1996-2004).
Sanchez was a four-year starter at SDSU from 2005-08, a two-time all-Pac-10 selection and led the Aztecs to two NCAA Tournament appearances. He most recently worked as team operations assistant for Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), where he assisted with scouting, the youth academy and team administration. Sanchez is also the former head coach of the Seattle United Soccer Club and the Washington State Olympic Development Program.
Menjivar played two seasons for the Aztecs in 2000-01, and scored the program’s first goal on SDSU Sports Deck. He has played over 250 professional matches in El Salvador’s First Division over a nine-year period, and has represented El Salvador in over 36 international matches. Menjivar has also played in two Gold Cups (2003, 2007) and has competed in a total of 10 CONCACAF Champions League matches.
The Aztecs will be in action on Thursday, Aug. 21, in a road exhibition match against cross-town foe University of San Diego, and begin the 2014 season at home against CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Aug. 29. SDSU has the nation’s 37th-ranked recruiting class and returns eight letterwinners for the 2014 season. San Diego State will play 11 contests against teams which made the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and take on seven teams that appear in the NSCAA preseason top 25 or are receiving votes.