Erik Gaspar Takes Over VC Boys Soccer Program
Valley Christian announced today that they have hired Erik Gaspar to
replace John Basanese as the head of the boy's soccer program.
After interviewing several candidates, the school has decided that Erik
is the best fit to keep the program moving forward, and take it to new
Erik has a BA in Political Science, with a Kinesiology minor, and
recently earned his Master of Arts in Kinesiology from Saint Mary's
College of California.
Gaspar carries a USSF State "D" license, and is currently an Assistant
Coach in the Evergreen Valley College soccer program. In addition,
Erik has served as a coach for Region II ODP.
The former head coach at Piedmont Hills, Erik joins VC at a great time,
says former coach John Basanese.
"Erik is a tremendous coach, and he is definitely the right person to
take over the program! The players that VC has in the boy's soccer
program are extremely talented, and they are in a great position to have
a breakout season with Coach Gaspar at the helm."
"This is a very exciting day for Valley Christian, and the boy's soccer
program. I've been friends with Erik for a number of years, and I
have the utmost confidence in him as a person of character, and a
coach," Basanese concluded.
When asked what drew him to Valley Christian, Gaspar pointed to VC's
priorities in athletics.
"As an institution Valley Christian High School provides
proper priorities while developing student athletes. It is an exciting
opportunity to align myself with an institution that
describes their purpose in athletics in this way: "To teach life lessons
that come through true competition: effort, teamwork, sportsmanship,
preparation, dignity, worth, and handling adversity.""
Gaspar has accepted a full-time position in the Athletic Department at
Valley Christian, so he will be available as an on campus coach.
This will open up many opportunities for on-campus, soccer specific,
strength and conditioning programs.