Sept. 24, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It's one thing that Santa Clara University has known about for quite some time, but now it seems everybody is starting to become aware of how good a coach that Cameron Rast truly is. The Broncos Associate Head Coach was recently named one of the top assistant coaches in the nation by College Soccer News (collegesoccernews.com).
"I'm very happy to have been selected to this list," said Rast. "Anytime that you are recognized for the job that you do it's an honor. Being given the opportunity to work with Mitch (Murray) over the last several years has given me a real chance to grow as a coach. I think that there are very few head coaches that can create an environment that gives the assistant coaches room to grow like Mitch has."
Rast is currently in his eighth season as an assistant in the men's soccer program at Santa Clara and first in the position of Associate Head Coach in 2001. Rast has contributed greatly to the incredible amount of success that the Santa Clara men's soccer team has achieved throughout the years, putting his unique stamp on the Santa Clara program. He is involved in every aspect of the Bronco program, including recruiting and scheduling.
"Cam is a big, big part of the program here," said Santa Clara head coach Mitch Murray. "He does a great job with recruiting, bringing in the top players in the nation that have performed well for us, and also being a dynamic coach on the field. I feel very privileged to have him here on the staff. He definitely makes my job here much easier and more enjoyable."
Rast recently returned from a trip to Trinidad & Tobago with the U.S. Under-17 National Team where they competed in the FIFA U-17 World Championships. The U-17 team did not fare so well, but two of the teams in their group (Nigeria and France) qualified for the semifinals. Rast has been an assistant coach for the U-17 National Team since his appointment in 1997. In 1999 he helped guide the team to a fourth place finish in the U-17 World Cup.
A former player and two-time All-American sweeper at Santa Clara, Rast earned a piece of Santa Clara's 1989 national championship, and played a key role in leading the Broncos to the 1991 NCAA championship game. During his four-year career at Santa Clara, the Broncos compiled a 57-4-11 record. As a sophomore in 1989, he earned his first All-America selection, scoring a career-high 30 points on 11 goals as Santa Clara finished with a 20-0-3 record, the nation's top ranking and a share of the NCAA title.