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Men’s soccer coach leaves for Las Positas

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Cal State East Bay has lost a coach for the second time in just a week’s span.

This time it was men’s soccer Head Coach Andy Cumbo, who stepped down from his position on Monday to accept a full-time teaching position in the kinesiology department as well as Head Coach at Las Positas College in Livermore.

“A special opportunity presented itself and despite how much I enjoy coaching my team here at CSUEB, the opportunity to me to work at LPC is only going to happen once in my lifetime,” Cumbo said. “It was just too good of an opportunity for me [not] to pursue.”

Cumbo spent seven seasons at the helm for East Bay after coming from Humboldt State, where he held the same position for the men and women’s teams. According to CSUEB Athletics, Cumbo has more than 140 victories and has produced 70 all-conference players at the NCAA Division II level. Cumbo took over at CSUEB in 2009, the first year that the school was made an NCAA Division II competitor. Since 2009, Cumbo has led his teams to a 26-90-14 record and produced 30 California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference All-Academic team members. The Pioneers men’s soccer team has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.05 over the past five years.

Cumbo has a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on teaching and coaching at the collegiate level.

“This new job suits my personality and my background the best, it really is a dream job for me,” Cumbo said.

Last season the Pioneers finished 5-12 overall and 3-9 in CCAA Conference games while Las Positas finished their season 7-13-1 overall and 5-8 in conference play. Cumbo will have a full cupboard at Las Positas who have 19 players listed as returners on their current roster. East Bay also has a strong cast of returners, 20 players total, most of whom are listed as freshman. There has been no timetable set to select a replacement for Cumbo at publication time.

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