1904 FC announces head coach
Alex Gontran to bring scouting and top-level experience to squad
San Diego 1904 FC has formally announced Alex Gontran as its head coach ahead of the inaugural season of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).
Gontran has been in charge of preseason training for the last four weeks ahead of the Fall 2019 NISA season, which begins with an away fixture on September 7 in Irvine, California against California United Strikers FC.
Gontran, age 44, is one of 1904 FC’s initial investors and project managers responsible for bringing the club to San Diego in 2017 as a NASL team. He has since remained involved in bringing the team to life as part of the newly formed NISA league.
As a certified coach with the French Football Federation, Gontran is responsible for developing outstanding talent and delivering them to top clubs. Notable pupils include Hatem Ben Arfa, Marvin Martin, and Demba Ba, one of 1904’s main partners.
“We are very excited to finally bring professional soccer to San Diego. We have worked hard to bring local and international talent on board. We have a young, hungry team which will fight for this city,” Gontran said. “Come to our first home game on September 14.”