2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
The Lifetime Achievement Award is recognition of exceptional individual contribution to the San Jose State Soccer program and the ongoing support of soccer, on and off the field. This years Honorees are Ryan Suarez and Stacie Alberico.
Ryan Suarez was a two-time All-American soccer player at San José State University, but that only scratches the surface of his success on the pitch and in life.
Suarez’s four-year Spartan career began in 1997 and took off in his final two seasons when he was an All-American and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s (MPSF) Player of the Year. As a senior in 2000 Suarez guided San José State to an unbeaten 18-0-1 regular season record. The Spartans were undefeated MPSF champions and their final record of 20-1-1 remains the program’s all-time best mark.
Suarez met his wife Julie at San José State and they immediately had something in common – Starring for SJSU soccer programs. Ryan and Julie played the same four seasons together at SJSU and Julie remains top-10 all-time in SJSU women’s soccer history for goals scored in a career. Ryan and Julie have been married for 15 years and have three boys: Tiago (13), Miliano (11) & Sergio (9).
After graduating in 2000 with a degree in child & adolescent development, Suarez was drafted seventh overall by the Dallas Burn in the 2001 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He went on to enjoy a seven-year professional career in MLS playing with the LA Galaxy, Chivas, NY Metrostars and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Suarez is now the Executive Director of Only Love Children’s Centers, a business which his parents started. The company currently has three pre-school centers which services close to 200 children.
Although his playing days are behind him, Suarez remains active in the game of soccer as a coach for the Sacramento Republic FC’s U-15 team.
Stacie (Savage) Alberico is a Sunnyvale native who started playing soccer for the Sunnyvale Alliance when she was 11 years old. She went on to play at Fremont High School and then for the Cupertino Conquistadors until reaching collegiate soccer.
Stacie played for San José State in 1996 and 1997 and in both seasons was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She still holds many single-season and career scoring records including 33 career-goals scored, three hat tricks, guiding the Spartans to a 10-game winning streak and a single-game record four goals in a 1996 match at Wyoming.
After graduation, Stacie was drafted by the FC Gold Pride, but went on to play several years for the California Storm of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. She was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2003.
In 2010, she was inducted into the San José State Sports Hall of Fame!
Stacie never thought she would become a coach, but with inspiration from her daughter she decided to try it.
“I definitely had a lot of learning to do on how to coach younger kids and learning the best way to teach them to love the game and have fun,” Stacie said. “Giving coaching a try was the best thing I ever did. I absolutely love it!”
She is still coaching to this day, guiding MVLA since 2006 and St. Francis High School since 2003.
PREVIOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
2002: Julie Menendez
2003: Nick Nicolas, Fred Nourzad, John Smillie
2004: Derek Evans, Ismael "Easy" Perez
2005: Manuel "Mani" Hernandez, Ovadia Mizrahi
2006: Luis Mintegui, Steve Sampson
2007: Jim Zykler, Ken Keegan
2008: Marty Behler, Sean Keohane
2009: Kevin McCarthy, Colin Lindores
2010: Frank Mangiola, Steve Ryan
2011: CJ Brown, Johnny Moore
2012: Joe Silveria, Ak Korbus
2013: John Poch, Slobodan Galeb
2014: No tournament
2015: Gary St. Clair, Carolyn Lewis
2016: Mehdi Siadat, Dick Schwendinger
2017: No tournament
2018: Stacie Alberico, Ryan Suarez