Las Positas Men’s Soccer team is one of the best programs in the Bay Area, California and also in the country. The 2017 team finished the year ranked 16th in the Nation. This is the place for serious soccer players who aspire to compete as a student-athlete at the four year level.
The 2017 season was Cumbo’s second at Las Positas College. The team went undefeated in league play, 9-0-4, and earned the most season wins in the programs history at 14. For the second year in a row the team advanced to the playoffs, however this year the team entered the playoffs ranked 4th in Northern CA, and hosted the first two rounds of playoffs on their amazing natural grass field. The team finished the season with a 14-4-6 record, and ended the regular season on a 15 game unbeaten streak. Seven of the starting eleven players for LPC were selected as Coast League All Conference Players, and team captain Nick Tucker led the way for the team and received 5 individual awards for his performance on the field. He was recognized as an USC All American, USC All Region Player, a CCCAA North All Region Player, Coast North All Conference First Team, the Coast Conference North Midfield Player of the Year, and the CCCAA Honorable Mention State Athlete of the Month for September. In addition to Tucker, Matt Hafizi, and Jake “Cowboy” Foscalina were also selected to the All-Conference First Team, along with Sophomore goalkeeper Brannon Dwyer. Freshmen Ali Amin and sophomores Matt Dremalas and Omid Eibagi were selected as All Conference Second Team members. Eibagi also was honored with as a USC Scholar All American. Cumbo has produced three All Americans in his two seasons at LPC.
The 2016 season was Cumbo’s first at Las Positas College. The team ranked as high as 15th in the Nation, according to the NSCAA October 4th poll. A strong recruiting class helped pave the way for a record breaking and successful season. The team advanced to the post season playoffs, had a winning overall record (11-7-5), a winning league record (5-4-4) and had an outstanding home record (6-1-2). Six of the starting eleven players for LPC were selected as Coast League All Conference Players, and all members of Cumbo’s first recruiting class. Team captain Marco Neves led the way for the team and received 7 individual awards for his performance on the field. He was recognized as an NSCAA All American, NSCAA All Region Player, a CCCAA All State Player, a CCCAA North All Region Player, Coast North All Conference First Team, the Coast Conference North Offensive Player of the Year, and the CCCAA Honorable Mention State Athlete of the Month for September. He finished ranked #2 in the State with 25 total goals, and led the conference in goals and total points. In addition to Neves, Captains Fernando Herrera, and Mike Hatch were also selected to the All-Conference First Team, along with Freshman goalkeeper Jose Elizondo. Freshmen Matt Hafizi and Nick Tucker were selected as All Conference Second Team members. Neves was LPC first men’s soccer NSCAA All American since 1999. The team ended the season in the playoffs with a 2-3 loss away to Taft College. Taft went on to advance to the Final Four, losing in a shootout. The three 2016 captains have all received scholarships to attend either NCAA Div I or Div II institutions, and other players are currently finalizing their four year plans as well. Six LPC players from this year’s team will transfer out and compete at the NCAA level.
Coach Cumbo remains very active in professional development locally, regionally and nationally. On campus he serves as the Kinesiology Division Coordinator and also as a member of the Academic Senate. Off campus he is the United Soccer Coaches West Region Chairman for the All America Committee. During the 2016 academic year, he became a member of the Executive Committee as the Treasurer for the California Community College Soccer Coaches Organization, and a member of the NSCAA Division II Men’s Junior College All America Committee serving as the Chair of the West Region. Cumbo also remains current in education and recently earned the Certificate of Completion in the course, Teaching Men of Color in the Community College, and completed the NSCAA & Athlete Ally LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Diploma Course.
Coach Cumbo earned a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Teaching and Coaching at the collegiate level from Humboldt State, an Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, an “A” Level Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation and both the Advanced National and Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma from the NSCAA. Over the past 16 years he has been both a men’s and women’s collegiate head soccer coach in California, with positons at Humboldt State (’01-’08), Cal State East Bay (’09-’15) and now here at Las Positas College (‘16). He has taught a variety of courses in the Kinesiology field as an instructor and has earned over 150 wins at the collegiate level as a head coach. His main objective as an educator and coach is to serve the Las Positas students with attention, support and encouragement in their academic and athletic goals.
In 2015, Coach Cumbo took his college team on a cultural and athletic adventure to England, fundraising 100 percent of the expenses for the eight-day trip. The international experience included three major competitions, a two-night stay at Upton Park with a West Ham vs. Sunderland match, and a three-night stay with the Wolverhampton Wanderers while training and competing on their grounds. The team competed against the Wolverhampton Wanderers Youth Academy, Knockbreda FC from Belfast, Northern Ireland and the men’s soccer team from Nottingham University. The team also toured Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Warwick Castle.
Cumbo has been involved in many professional organizations prior to Las Positas College. He served 9 years as the National Chairman for the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA) Division II All-America Committee, 10 years as the West Region Chairman, and 3 years as the chair of the NCAA Division II MLS Combine recommendation committee. In 2015 he also became an NSCAA Instructor for the Level I, II and III Goalkeeper Courses. Andy also has his USSF A license, the NSCAA Advanced National, and the NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.
While living in the East Bay Coach Cumbo has been involved locally as youth coach as well. He was an assistant coach for the San Jose Earthquakes USSDA teams during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In 2015 for the first time ever both the U16 and U18 teams advanced to the Playoffs, and the U18’s made it to the USSDA Final Four. In 2014 the U16 team made it to the quarter finals. In addition, he has been involved with Ballistic United SC in Pleasanton, Dublin SC in Dublin, Tri Valley SC in San Ramon and Mustang SC in Danville. He is also the College Advisor for the Ballistic United Soccer Club.
A four-year goalkeeper at SUNY-Plattsburgh, Cumbo received All-Conference honors, recorded 55 wins, 24 shutouts and was a two-year captain. He competed in the NCAA Tournament and won a SUNYAC Conference Championship. As a youth, he competed for the New York State West ODP Team, the Rochester Mavericks Soccer Club and won a Gold Medal for the Western New York Team in the Empire State Amateur Games. He also competed in both Holland and Spain during high school.
As an undergraduate student he participated in the International Exchange program while attending Chester University in England, and also the National Student Exchange program while attending Humboldt State University in Northern California.
He lives in Danville with his wife Susan, his son Aidan (14) daughter Adelaide (12) and their dog Piper Stephanie.