Fresno Pacific tabs top D-I coach to assist men’s soccer

Cameron Shahrokhi , who guided Clovis North High to consecutive section crowns, joins FPU program as Associate Men’s Coach

(Fresno Pacific University)
Jon Earnest
Published May 24, 2024  • 
3:00 pm

FRESNO – A top high school coach in the Central Section will be joining Fresno Pacific University’s men’s soccer program.

Cameron Shahrokhi, who guided Clovis North High School to a pair of Division I soccer championships in a seven-season stint at the school, has been named as Associate Men’s Head Coach for the Sunbirds. His hiring was announced by the university on Thursday, May 23.

Shahrokhi posted a 130-20-19 record with the Broncos after coming to the school in 2017 as varsity coach and director of the soccer program. The former Clovis West High star player began his coaching career at Buchanan High in Clovis and also has extensive club coaching experience.

Kyle Ferguson, FPU director of athletics, praised the addition of Shahrokhi to the program, where he will assist veteran coach and lead Director of Soccer Jaime Ramirez.

“We are excited to welcome Cameron to the Fresno Pacific family,” Ferguson said in a news release from the university. “His dedication, exceptional coaching acumen, and strong leadership skills will undoubtedly elevate our men’s soccer program. Most importantly, Cameron’s commitment to Christ and developing student-athletes both on and off the field aligns perfectly with our mission at FPU.”

Shahrokhi’s 2023-24 Clovis North gym posted a 20-2-5 record while successfully defending its D-I championship, finally losing in a 5-4 shootout against eventual champion Archbishop Mitty of San Jose in the Northern California semifinals. During the season, the Broncos scored 1-0 wins over Reedley High and Sanger High.

The previous year, Clovis North went 26-1-1 and won the section crown, edging defending Reedley 1-0 on its postseason trek that ended in the NorCal regional finals. In 2022, the Pirates slipped past the Broncos in a 2-1 overtime thriller on their way to the D-I crown.

Under Shahrokhi’s guidance, Clovis North won four Tri-River Conference championships along with two section championships. His achievements have earned him three Conference Coach of the Year designations and the CIF Section Coach of the Year award in 2023.

In addition to his high school coaching career, Shahrokhi has served as men’s assistant Coach at Fresno City College since 2013, helping the team secure 10 CVC Championships and two CCCAA State Championships. During his playing days Shahrokhi was part of Clovis West High’s national championship-winning team as a sophomore in 2006, and was a key player his junior and senior years earning first team all-conference in 2008.

Continuing his soccer career at Fresno City College, Shahrokhi was a two-time Central Valley Conference and an all-CVC selection his sophomore season. He also played for the Fresno Fuego in the Premier Development League for two seasons.

Ramirez expressed his excitement about having Shahrokhi join Fresno Pacific. The Sunbirds have had just one winning season (COVID-19 shortened 2020) since 2018, when the team went 14-3-1 under former Reedley High standout and professional player Anthony Velarde.

 “Our program has had many fine assistant coaches with tremendous knowledge of our Central Valley community, and Cameron brings that to FPU,” he said. “As a local high school product and former Fresno City College player, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his years of coaching at the community college and high school levels.”

Shahrokhi expressed his enthusiasm for the new role, stating, “I am honored to serve as the Associate Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Fresno Pacific University,” Shahrokhi said in a news release. “I am eager to grow under Coach Ramirez’s mentorship while pushing our program to the championship level. I will work tirelessly to help develop our student-athletes on and off the field to reach their maximum potential.”

Fresno Pacific went 5-9-2 in the 2023 season, 2-6-2 in the PacWest Conference. The Sunbirds’ leading scorer last season was sophomore Chris Macias (Lindsay High).

Jon Earnest
Reporter