Lucas Bongarra (


Lucas holds an official AC Milan coaching license as well as Premier and International Diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and is currently the President of Atlético Southern California. Once a semi-professional player with the Premier Division Doxa Italia and the Premier Development League’s Southern California Seahorses, Lucas has coached professionally for over a decade at such institutions as College of the Canyons and The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. Growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lucas played for renowned clubs Ferro Carril Oeste and Club Atletico All Boys, which led to a full scholarship to play for The Master’s College; there he was awarded All-American and MVP honors as a member of the NCAA National Champions team (2001) and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on the physiology and psychology of elite coaching methodologies.

Ernesto de la O (

Ernesto holds a USSF "A" License and is a certified coach instructor for the California Youth Soccer Association – South (“CalSouth”), serving CalSouth in that capacity since 2002. In addition to his "A" license, Ernesto has received additional training with the IBF in Brazil, Club Estudiantes de la Plata in Argentina and Club Pachuca in Mexico. Prior to joining Atletico Southern California, Ernesto was a member of the coaching staff of C.D. Nejapa in El Salvador’s first division. Ernest is also the goalkeeper coach at Atletico. 

Jonathan Horst (

Jonathan has has been coaching and playing soccer virtually his whole life. While playing as a varsity goalkeeper for a strong New England Prep program in High School, Jonathan opted out to focus on Wrestling at the collegiate level at NYU, as his coach would not let him compete in both sports. The end of his competitive soccer days marked an increase in Jonathan's passion for what makes a winning team and soccer philosophy. Coaching full-time for over 4 years now, Jonathan has extensive experience with both U-10 club players, as well as coaching on the Harvard-Westlake Boy's Soccer program. Holding a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma and a USSF National "D" License, Jonathan has been working with the Boys 2006 team at Atletico Southern California.

Cindy Larson (

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 In a life pre-children, Cindy was a professional dancer.  After working in Vegas and Atlantic City, she moved back to the LA area and made a natural progression into the fitness world.  As a dancer alignment is key, this became the cornerstone of her work with clients. Cindy opened Studio B in Sherman Oaks - a beautiful space in the back of her property.  She wanted to be a full time mom as well as a business owner so the location was perfect! Cindy started with small classes and eventually branched off to private training and coaching.  She now trains everyone from professional ballerinas to Junior Olympic swimmers, doctors and firemen and everyone in between. She even trained Mary Louise Parker - helping to keep her amazing shape during the last season of Weeds. Cindy has met and worked with wonderful sports therapists , doctors, nutritionists and innovators in the fitness world. Through them, her knowledge and passion for training has grown deeply over the years. Her certification include the National Academy of Sports Medicine Master Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Youth and Senior Specialist and Sport Nutritionist. Cindy has coached The Valley Raiders Track Team for the last 12 years


Pavel Palacios A professional soccer player in El Salvador for Baygon Adet and Central America, Pavel moved to Los Angeles and played for San Antonio FC, Los Angeles Cosmos, LA Valley Golden Eagles and Montclair Club in the prestigious NASL. He was name MVP while playing at LA Cosmos. His coaching experience started as a JV head coach at Grant High School and at San Fernando Earthquake and continued at the club level with Chelsea Soccer Club, he is currently the North Hollywood High School JV coach. As a coach Pavel achieved success with the Earthquakes, Grant High School and North Hollywood High were he won the league several times. Pavel holds a D license.

Coaches Wanted

Atlético is currently seeking highly qualified and experienced coaches to join our coaching staff. Preference will be given to those with a physical education background and college or semiprofessional playing experience. Applicants should reside in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so. In addition, the Club cannot provide Visas for international applicants. Applicants should submit an email to club acm with a letter of interest and resume. Thank you.