Jose Pipo Castillo
Jose Pipo was born in El Salvador. His love for soccer started in the streets of his home town in Santa Ana. He played varsity in high school for Colegio Bautista. In 1976 he represented his country as a starter for the U-17 National Team in a tournament hosted by Louisiana State University.
Pipo has been a part of the College of the Desert family since he arrived in the Coachella Valley in 1980. He began at COD in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program where he completed English as a Second Language and also earned his High School Diploma. In 1986 he earned his AA degree from College of the Desert.
Pipo then transferred to California State University, Los Angeles where he earned a BS degree in Business Administration. In 1989 he came back to COD and has been teaching for the ABE program for the last 22 years. In 2005, he was inducted into the College of the Desert Alumni Hall of Fame.
For eigth years, he coached players from the ages of eight to nineteen in the AYSO region 1200 in Cathedral City, California. He has been the head coach of COD's Women's Soccer since 2010. He is coming back for his second season as the head coach for the Men's Soccer Program.
Pipo's thoughts on being awarded the soccer coaching position.
"Thanks to the opportunies offered to me by COD, I am living the American dream. I will instill my love and pride for this great institution into my players. Having my players earn a degree at the college is my number one priority. This goal can be achieved with discipline, dedication and a positive attitude. If we can do this... winning soccer games will be simple".
AJ Nebergall was born in Ontario, Canada. Her love for soccer started overseas where she played Varsity Soccer as a senior in high school. She spent her college years in Florida, focusing on her academics. She majored in elementary education and spent the next few years teaching.
Inspired by a friend Herb Hemminger, AJ meanwhile pursued her Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix, graduating with a 3.92. As time permitted, she kept her soccer skills active by playing in local women's and coed leagues in the evenings.
AJ is returning for her third season at College of the Desert. She continues to enjoy working with college level athletes. She comments, "it's great to work with a group of athletes that are really passionate about their sport. The discipline they learn in a sport will help them to be successful in their classes at college and into their future, and I love seeing my student athletes succeed."