After serving as an assistant coach for a professional club soccer team in South Africa, Morgan Cathey will join the coaching staff of the Cal State Stanislaus men’s soccer in the fall to strengthen the Warriors’ recent success.
Before his new gig, he worked with Hanover Park Football Club, a National First Division team in Cape Town, South Africa. Cathey begins working with the Warriors on Aug. 1 — just in time for preseason camp.
“I am pleased with the monumental growth we have made in the last two years,” said Stanislaus coach Dana Taylor, who’s entering his third season. “Morgan’s experience as a player and as a coach will be a great asset to our program. As we strive to accomplish our goals for the future, his leadership, experiences and character will be instrumental in raising the bar in this next phase of Warrior's soccer.”
A former youth player for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club and Arsenal Soccer Club, Cathey went on to have a distinguished college career as a goalkeeper at Azusa Pacific from 2002-2005. He was a first-team All-Region and honorable mention All-American selection, helping guide his team to the NAIA national finals in 2005.
In 2006, Cathey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in youth ministries.
After college, he went to South Africa and played in the Premier Soccer League for Ajax Cape Town — the feeder team for soccer giant Ajax Amsterdam. He was then loaned to IKAPA Sporting, where he helped lead his team to a runner-up finish in the ABSA Premiership and competed in the CAF Cup with all the top teams in Africa.
Thanks in part to coaching at Glendora High in California, he received his Ajax coaching certificate in South Africa. Halfway through his professional season, he stepped in for 11 Express as the head coach, moving the team out of the14th position into the 11th out of relegation.
Cathey will move to Turlock with his wife Cari and 5-month-old son Bauer from Cape Town.