Men's Rattler Soccer
Meet your 2018-2019 Men's Soccer Team
Since its inaugural season in 2010, the Otero Men’s soccer program has continued a successful tradition on and off the field. Hundreds of student-athletes continue to grow and compete at a high level each year. Chris Smith, Men's Soccer Head Coach, is looking to keep his student- athletes competing at the highest level and moving players on.
OJC is a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I institution, the highest level in the NJCAA. Our teams at OJC have had continual success both academically and athletically each and every year due to a very strong commitment from the administration and staff. The Rattlers compete in the Region IX conference that encompasses the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. The program is one of the first junior college programs to be offered in Colorado.
OJC’s Men’s Soccer Season Wrap-Up
First Team: Sophomore Gimale Essacu- Port Monesty, Pappa New Guinea; Freshmen Petar Pesic- Nis, Serbia (Goal Keeper of The Year)
Second Team: Sophomore Kevin Chavez- El Paso, Texas; Sophomore Salvador Jimenez- Reno, Nevada; Sophomore Martin Soriano- Herriman, Utah; Freshmen Arturo Chairez- Sunland Park, New Mexico (Freshmen of The Year)
United Soccer Coaches
West-District First Team: Sophomore Gimale Essacu- Port Monesty, Pappa New Guinea
West District Second Team: Sophomore Kevin Chavez- El Paso, Texas
Head Coach Chris Smith stated that he is extremely proud of his team and their accomplishments. “The bar has been set high for next season, but the incoming class of OJC men’s soccer players are highly committed to having a historic season again next year. We will continue to build upon our success and learn from our mistakes. It has been a pleasure to coach such a group of talented and dedicated players,” said Smith.
We welcome our fans and prospective players to follow us via webcasts that can be accessed through this website and on social media.
- 2017 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2015 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2014 REGION IX RUNNER-UPS
- 2014 WEST DISTRICT SEMI-FINALIST
- 2013 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2010 REGION IX CHAMPIONS
- 2010 WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
- 2010 NJCAA NATIONAL QUALIFIER (Finished 7th in the nation)