Francisco Cantero, a former Pasadena City College soccer talent from 2009-2010, enters his second season as head coach of the Lancers women's soccer team in 2019. Cantero was an assistant coach previously from 2016-17 for the PCC men's soccer team.
Cantero guided the progress of top scorer Katy Coats as she was joined on the 2018 All-South Coast Conference First Team by defender Alexxis Molinar. Amanda Aviles and Jocelyn Carranza each were named to the All-SCC Second Team.
From 2011-2014, Cantero served as a coach for the Salina Soccer Club in Kansas and then a volunteer assistant coach for the women's team at Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS). From 2014-2016, he was employed as an assistant coach for both women and men at NCAA Division II Holy Names University in Oakland.
Since 2016, Cantero has been an assistant coach at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, helping to direct its girls team to a Mission League title this past season. He is also a girls club coach for Soccer With A Purpose (SWAP), a company that provides private training for individuals and groups at different age levels. As an assistant in 2017, the PCC men's soccer team advanced to the regional finals of the SoCal Playoffs.
Cantero is a local product from Marshall Fundamental High before attending PCC and playing as a starting defender in his two seasons. He earned a playing scholarship to Kansas Wesleyan University where he flourished in 2011-2012. He was a two-time Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team selection. In his senior season, he was named NAIA All-American and NSCAA All-Plains West Region First Team. He was the conference Defender of the Year as well.
He earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science at Kansas Wesleyan and then completed his master's in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University in Irvine.