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Juan Pablo Favero enters his fourth season at San Diego State as the associate head coach after joining the Aztec coaching staff in June 2012.
Since his arrival, Favero has helped SDSU win three straight Mountain West regular-season and tournament championships to go along with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Head coach Mike Friesen's right-hand man has been invaluable to the program since stepping foot on campus. Favero has been instrumental in both the Aztecs' on-field and off-field success, which starts with having the right mindset. The fourth-year SDSU coach has worked with the team in becoming stronger mentally and the results were evident as the Scarlet and Black enjoyed its most successful season ever in 2012.
Favero was also heavily involved in helping SDSU set and execute the "process," which is something that requires mental toughness. The aforementioned "process" is doing what it takes to become a champion - practicing hard, never taking a play off, taking care of academics, looking after one another and being a good teammate are all a part of the "process."
The 2012 season was a direct result of the "process" as SDSU enjoyed the finest season in school history after the Aztecs captured the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first-time ever, shared the best record nationally at 21-2-1 (7-0 MW), and finished the year ranked seventh nationally after rising to as high as third.
Team success breeds individual awards and 2012 was no exception. Favero was instrumental in helping senior Megan Jurado become San Diego State's first All-American since 1998, and that was after the forward was named MW Offensive Player of the Year. Jurado was one of five Aztecs to earn all-region accolades (Rachel Boaz, Jurado, Haley Palmer, Tiffany Hurst, Carli Johnson) and one of six to land on the all-MW team (Hurst, Johnson, Jurado, Hannah Keane, Palmer, Rachael McGlinchy). Palmer, meanwhile, was the MW Defensive Player of the Year, and Friesen, for the second time, garnered conference coach-of-the-year honors.
The formula continued to work in 2013 as the Aztecs (13-7-2; 9-1 MW) won the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles for the second year in a row and made their second straight NCAA appearance.
SDSU, once again, collected a ton of hardware, starting with Haley Palmer's second consecutive MW Defensive Player-of-the-Year award. The senior was also a first-team all-league and NSCAA all-Pacific Region choice. Hannah Keane, meanwhile, was a first-team all-MW selection, third-team all-region performer and MW tourney MVP after scoring a team-high 28 points (12 g, 4 a) to establish herself as the top offensive threat in the league. Victoria Barba (NSCAA all-region, first-team all-MW), Carli Johnson (NSCAA all-region, first-team all-MW) and Kelsey Booth (first-team all-MW) also won individual awards for San Diego State.
In 2014, the Aztecs continued their winning ways, putting together a 14-game streak that saw them go 12-1-1, which included eight consecutive victories to open Mountain West action with a 7-0 record. SDSU eventually won its third straight regular-season crown before capturing its third MW tournament championship in a row en route to yet another NCAA tournament berth. With its third straight sweep of the Mountain West titles, San Diego State became just the third conference school to accomplish the feat. The Aztecs had their season end in double overtime in the first round of NCAAs to finish their year at 15-5-2 (9-2 MW).
Individually, Favero helped the senior trio of Kelsey Booth, Haley Locker and Katie Perry earn all-MW first-team accolades, while senior Hannah Keane and freshman Stacie Moran were named to the second team. Perry, meanwhile, was named the MW tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tourney squad by Locker and juniors Ashley Hauke and Melanie Vaughn.
Favero came to Montezuma Mesa after serving as the first assistant coach for the women's program at South Florida during the 2011 season. While at USF, he was responsible for overseeing the team's forwards as well as the Bulls' offensive and defensive strategies. He also coordinated the recruiting and video analysis for the program.
Favero is no stranger to college soccer, as he made the trek from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the United States 22 years ago as a student-athlete on a scholarship to Marist College in New York. After later transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, he won numerous awards and was a two-time Academic All-American.
Palm Beach Atlantic was where Favero stayed to begin a coaching career that has spanned 18 years at six different universities. The bulk of his experience has been as a head coach where he has accumulated an overall coaching record of 151-122-30 (.547) over 16 seasons.
Favero's last head coaching position was at Georgia College & State University, where he was at the helm for two of the best seasons in school history as his teams combined to finish with an overall record of 23-9-9. In 2008, his team cracked the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top-25, reaching as high as No. 19. In that same season, the Bobcats also made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Favero coached 16 all-conference players in two years at GCSU, four all-region honorees and the first All-American in school history in 2009. The Bobcats gave up just 10 goals all season for a paltry 0.48 goals against average. The team added consecutive NSCAA Academic and Ethics/Sportsmanship awards for the first time in GCSU history.
Prior to GCSU, Favero spent five seasons at Division II Newberry College where he compiled a 40-37-13 overall record over five seasons. The mark set school records for career wins and winning percentage (.517). The 2007 squad finished 8-5-6 (4-2-1) to record the program's best conference finish (second place) and best league mark in school history. The team also received votes in the NSCAA Division II Poll for the first time in school history.
In 2004, Favero led the Lady Indians to numerous school records, including best overall record at 13-5-1. He was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in only his second year at Newberry, which was his third career coach-of-the-year honor. In five seasons at the helm, the Indians garnered 15 all-conference awards, including one honorable mention All-American.
Favero has a career-long pattern of taking programs from rags to riches, extending beyond the Lady Indians. He had a hand in renovating both the men's and women's soccer programs at Missouri Baptist University before he arrived in Newberry. While at Missouri Baptist, he led his teams to NAIA prominence and earned American Midwest Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2001 (men) and 2002 (women). He helped turn around both teams en route to each winning conference championships and earning national ranks.
Prior to his work at Newberry and Missouri Baptist, he also helped rebuild the soccer program at his alma mater, Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 1994, he received his undergraduate degree with honors in international business and marketing and earned a Master's degree in counseling psychology from the school in 1997. While coaching at Palm Beach Atlantic, he also served as a guidance counselor and coach at a West Palm Beach High School.
Favero is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), from which he holds a National "A" coaching license, and of the NSCAA, from which he holds the Premier Diploma. He is also a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the Argentine Association of Sport Psychology (APDA) and has a Level 1 Psychology for Soccer Certificate from the English Football Association.
In addition, he has worked as a sport psychology consultant with the U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Schools, the NSCAA Coaching Schools, the River Plate Women's Soccer Club (Argentina), the Saint Louis University men's soccer team, the Thermo-King Corporation and several American and Argentine Universities amongst others. He has also been involved in coaching and sports psychology with the Georgia and South Carolina Olympic Development Programs.
Favero has also published several articles on the topics of mental toughness and leadership.
Favero is married to his high school sweetheart, Christie. The couple has three children, Alejo (16), Keila (14), and Malena (9).