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Board of Directors

Executive Board

Benjamin Ziemer


A founding member of NorCal Premier Soccer, Benjamin has coaching experience at the club, high school, collegiate, id2, youth national team, adult amateur and professional levels of the game.

His last coaching position was as Assistant Head Coach of Sacramento Republic FC’s USL Championship team, which he held for two years (2017-2019). Before the Republic first-team position, Benjamin coached three seasons in U16/17’s and U18/19’s in the Sacramento Republic Academy where he was the 2016 Development Academy West Conference U-18 Coach of the Year. He was also Lead Phase Coach for the U15-17-19’s for the Republic.

Prior to his five-year stint within Sacramento Republic FC, he served as assistant to Hugo Perez on the U-14 and U-15 U.S. National teams (98 & 99’s) that included a Christian Pulisic-led golden generation of youngsters. He also served as assistant to Gerry Mckewon, with US Club Soccer’s id2 team, where he coached against U15 teams from Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Borrussia Dortmund, Celtic, Man City, Everton, Real Madrid, FC Barca, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, ACF Fiorentina, Boca Jrs, San Lorenzo, Argentina Jrs and more.

In youth soccer, Benjamin has also held positions as Director of Coaching at Rohnert Park Express, Assistant and Academy Director at Santa Rosa United, Technical Director U13-19’s at Sonoma County Alliance and was National Director of Education for Ajax Orlando. He was an assistant coach at Sonoma State University for seven years and Technical Director/Head Coach at Sonoma County Sol, where he won an NPSL National Championship.

He holds a US National 'A’ license, he obtained his German (DFB) B license in 1994, was recently awarded his La Liga Level 1 Diploma, ACF Fiorentina Masters Diploma and Hoek Level 3 Diploma. He has studied at over 60 soccer clubs worldwide since 1994. Benjamin has coached since age 14.

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Shawn Blakeman

VP Business Development

A founding member of NorCal Premier Soccer, Shawn is currently the Program Director for Los Gatos United and holds a National 'A' license. He worked for 16 years as the Technical Director for Sacramento United. A former IMG Academy Staff Coach and Director of Coaching for the El Dorado United Soccer Club, Shawn began an 11-year professional career at age 17 with the San Jose Earthquakes, followed by a four-year stint in West Germany. He played professionally in the US until 1999.

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Paolo Bonomo

Vice President

A founding member of NorCal Premier Soccer, Paolo is currently the Director of NorCal PDP and holds a National ‘B' license. He started coaching over 20 years ago at the club level and worked as a Technical Director. He grew up in Italy where he played soccer up to age eighteen at a local club.

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RAC Elected Officers

Rick Fullerton

Mill Valley Soccer Club's Director of Coaching and Player Development, Rick played at Yale University and began his coaching career with UC Berkeley's men's team. Holding a National 'A' license as well as a NSCAA Premier and USSF national Youth licenses, Rick is a former Region IV ODP Staff Coach.

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Paul O'Brien

Paul has played and coached both in the US and abroad, most recently with the Irish Women's National Team in 2015/16. Holding a National 'A' license as well as NSCAA Premier and Goal Keeping diplomas, Paul's administrative and coaching experience spans nearly 30 years.

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Tom Ginocchio

With over 20 years of youth coaching experience, Tom has been a Coaching Director for the past 11+ years and is currently the Director of Coaching for Impact Soccer Club. His background includes playing and coaching for Saint Mary's College of CA and US Amateur playing experience. Tom holds his USSF National 'B' coaching license, the NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma, as well as having his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Finance.

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Albertin Montoya

Albertin Montoya is the current Technical Director and Director of Coaching of MVLA Soccer Club. He has coached at the club, collegiate, professional, and international levels, having served as the Head Coach of the Gold Pride of the WPS and the U17 Women's National Team. As the Head Coach of the Pride he was awarded the 2010 Soccer America Women's Coach of the Year Award and honored as a 2010 FIFA World Coach of the Year Finalist. In the club realm, he has led teams to both a USYSA National Championship and an ECNL National Championship. He currently holds the USSF "A" License.

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