(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University head women's soccer coach Yon Struble announced the hiring of Christopher Moraga as the next full time assistant coach for the Tartans women's soccer program. Moraga will begin work with the Tartans immediately.
"Chris will be an excellent addition to our staff," said Struble. "He is a believer in Division III athletics and knows the national landscape of D3 women's soccer. We had an excellent group of candidates for the position but feel Chris is the one that will help us take the next step in achieving our team goals."
With more than 10 years of coaching experience, Moraga will join the Carnegie Mellon coaching staff after a five-year stint at Whittier College in Whittier, California. Moraga served as an assistant coach at Whittier, helping to lead the Poets to the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history after winning the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
Additionally, Moraga has experience as a club and high school coach, as he got his start with the Crusaders Soccer Club in San Diego, California. While at Whittier, Moraga also worked as a staff coach and college advisor for the Fullerton Rangers, and as a staff coach for U.S. Youth Soccer.
"I would like to thank head coach Yon Struble for giving me this amazing opportunity to be a part of a world class institution that strives for excellence in the classroom and on the field," said Moraga. "During my interview process I was blown away by the passion and pride the administration and players have for Carnegie Mellon; I knew instantly that CMU is the institution that I wanted to call my next home and can't wait to be part of the Tartan family!"
Moraga holds his National C and National Youth License coaching certifications from the United States Soccer Federation, received his Premier Coaching Diploma from United Soccer Coaches and was a 30 Under 30 Program selection in 2016.