We want to congratulate Mark Cisneros, head coach of the Alisal High School Varsity Men’s Soccer Team, for being awarded this season’s KSBW Golden Whistle Award! Mark has been coaching at Alisal High School in Salinas, California, for nine years.
The team is one of the top ranked men’s varsity soccer teams teams in the nation, and this past December they were invited to Los Angeles to play against other top teams in California. At first, the team wasn’t sure they would be able to go, but Coach Cisneros rallied to raise enough money for them to travel to this competition, giving the players the experience of playing outside of their local area — which many of them had never done.
These games were also a great opportunity for the players to get exposure to recruiters, college scouts, and university coaches from Southern California schools who otherwise would not see the Alisal Trojans in action. Since neither J.V. or Varsity lost a single match while in Los Angeles, it was a very successful trip for all. In fact, Coach Cisneros said that the San Diego State University coach was in attendance and was very interested in a couple of the Alisal players!
While in Los Angeles, the team toured the UCLA campus, which helped expose them to the possible future of a college degree and soccer career. Coach Cisneros says the Alisal coaches and students are now looking to the future and plan to use some of the extra money raised for the trip to cover the cost of SAT tests and college applications for the team’s seniors.
Watch this video to learn more about the amazing work Coach Cisneros is doing with his team.
Congratulations, Coach Cisneros!
Taylor Farms, the Transformational Coaches of Monterey County, and the Central Coast Section of California Interscholastic Federation come together each high school athletic season, (Fall, Winter & Spring) to present the KSBW Golden Whistle Award. The award is given to a local Central Coast high school coach who is recognized by the community as an exceptional coach and mentor who strives to positively transform young athlete’s lives. This is the Taylor Farms’ 6th year sponsoring the KSBW Golden Whistle Award.