ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland Head Women’s Soccer Coach Juan Pablo Favero has announced he will be retiring from coaching to pursue a career as a Mental Performance Coach within the Arizona complex of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians.
Favero served as the Oakland Women’s Soccer coach from 2017-2023, tallying 43 wins and surpassing the 200-win mark for his coaching career. In 2021, Favero led the Golden Grizzlies to a second-place finish in the Horizon League, taking Oakland to the league championship game for the first time since 2015.
In the wake of his announcement, Favero expressed, “This is a bittersweet moment for me as a very important chapter of my professional life ends, and a new, exciting one begins. I have loved being a soccer coach for almost three decades and am so grateful for the many blessings and opportunities this profession has given me. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey— administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, and all the support staff that make up athletic departments. There are too many to name, but each has helped me grow and prepare to take on this next challenge as a mental performance coach. Most of all, I want to thank the student-athletes I have been privileged to coach over the years. You are why I got into coaching, and you will be the ones I will miss the most in the day-to-day.”
“In many ways, it is fitting that my soccer coaching career comes to an end at Oakland, where I have my longest professional tenure. Although we fell just short of meeting our goal of winning another championship for the Black and Gold, I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last seven seasons, and I am convinced we have put the program back on the map. I know the future is bright for this program because of the special group of players here already and the 2024 recruiting class,” said Favero. “I want to thank Jeff Konya and Marshall Foley, who gave me the opportunity to lead this great program in 2017; Steve Waterfield, Andy Adrianse, and John Hitchings, who have been my supervisors; and most of all, the other coaches who have given so generously of their time and efforts to help support our efforts in the rebuild of the program. Kate Diaz, Steven Lindquist, Kai Edwards, Kristi Tomczyk, J.R. Werk, Kia Rankin, Chris Davidovicz, Libby Kurtz, Jeremy Harkins, Keith Jarema, and most of all, Brian Diaz, who has been the co-leader of the efforts since my start at OU.”
Lastly, he added, “To the alumni and fans, I can only hope we have made you proud, and I look forward to joining you as both a fan of the program and, hopefully soon, a proud Oakland alumnus. I am genuinely filled with gratitude for this experience at Oakland and filled with joy as I hang up my cleats for the last time.”
Favero was known for his passion, humility, and leadership in his time at Oakland. Under his direction, Oakland women’s soccer student-athletes earned 19 All-Horizon League honors.
“I appreciate JuanPa’s many contributions to the women’s soccer program over the past seven years,” said Athletic Director Steve Waterfield. “He leaves the program with a strong foundation that will help future Golden Grizzlies women’s soccer teams achieve success on and off the field. Though I am disappointed he will no longer be leading the program, I am excited for JuanPa as he starts a new professional chapter. Just as he did during his coaching career, he will make a positive impact on athletes he works with and make the Guardians organization better.”
Associate Head Coach Brian Diaz will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the Women’s Soccer program. A national search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately.