Monica Gerardo
Monica Gerardo
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (562) 907-4976
Team: Women's Soccer

Hometown: Simi Valley, Calif.

College: University of Notre Dame '00

Years at Whittier: 7th

Record: 36-83 Overall / 22-67-7 SCIAC

Whittier Coaching Accomplishments

The Poets took a step backward in 2016 slipping to 6th place in the final SCIAC Standings after finishing 6-7-5, 4-6-4 SCIAC.  They battled all season and stayed in post-season contention with three players being named All-SCIAC, which included Jenna Muise, Alexi Cruz, and Kaela Reisfelt.  Gerardo also saw Reisfelt earn 3rd Team NSCAA All-West Region recognition.   

Monica Gerardo put together her best season in her five years at the helm of the Women's Soccer program finishing 5th in the SCIAC Standings with a record of 9-5-3, 6-5-3 SCIAC finishing one game shy of a berth into the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament.

Senior Madison Shipherd finished second in the conference voting for SCIAC Player of the Year being named 1st Team All-SCIAC for the second time in her career. She is the only player in program history to make All-SCIAC all four years and is going down in the Whittier College record books as one of the greatest soccer players in program history.  She led the conference in goals and had a .530 shot on goal percentage.  She also landed on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-West Region 1st Team and was named to the NSCAA 3rd Team All-West Region.  

Freshman Megan Kawakami also represented the Poets on the All-SCIAC 1st Team as a defender solidifying a unit starting in all 17 games and helping a defense that ranked close to the top in the conference surrendering 0.79 goals per game.  She too like Shipherd landed on the NSCAA 3rd Team All-West Region.  

Junior Alexi Cruz rounded out the All-SCIAC performers landing on the 2nd Team for the first time in her career.  She started in all 17 games between the posts and proved to be one of the top goalies in the conference after posting impressive numbers of eight shutouts (No. 1 SCIAC), a 0.80 goals allowed average (No. 1 SCIAC), 83 saves (No. 2 SCIAC), and an .856 save percentage (No. 1 SCIAC).      

For the second year in a row, the Whittier College women's soccer team found themselves in 8th place in the SCIAC Standings after finishing 1-17-1, 0-14 SCIAC.  Monica Gerardo fell unlucky at the beginning of the year losing her top three goal scorers following a blistering 4-0 victory over Benedictine (Ill.).  At the conslusion of the season she saw Kaela Reisfelt and Rachel Inouye both land on the 2nd Team All-SCIAC.    

The Poets took a dip this past Fall finishing 1-18, 1-13 SCIAC with their lone win coming against Occidental College on Senior Day. Capping off the year, junior Madison Shipherd earned 2nd Team All-SCIAC Recognition for the third straight year and was joined by freshman Kaela Reisfelt who also landed on the 2nd Team. 

Whittier improved by three games going 5-13, 3-11 SCIAC with quality wins over Whitman (1-0), Pomona-Pitzer (1-0), La Verne (2-1), and Occidental (3-1).  At the end of the season, sophomore Madison Shipherd found the All-SCIAC 2nd Team.   

Gerardo was named the head coach of the women's soccer program on March 7, 2011.  In her first season the Poets finished 2-15, 2-10 SCIAC but saw Madison Shipherd and Stephanie Bergstrom earn 2nd Team All-SCIAC nods and Megan Wessel and Bergstrom make the All-Academic Team for SCIAC.     

Other College Coaching Accomplishments

Gerardo served as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. She spent two full seasons with Gaels where she was the head recruiting coordinator and community service coordinator. SMC went 6-11-2 in 2006 and improved to 8-9-2 in her second season on staff. In addition to coaching on the field, she was responsible for the program's budget, equipment ordering, practice and participation logs, complliance issues, academic support and organization of team events among other duties.

Gerardo was on staff at the University of Pittsburgh for three seasons where the Panthers went 5-10-2 (2003), 6-10-1 (2004) and 4-11-3 (2005). She was also the head recruiting coordinator.

Gerardo was a volunteer assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Navy was one of two teams in the country to finish the regular season with an unblemished 16-0-4 record.

Other Experiences

Gerardo was a four-year letter winner on the University of Notre Dame soccer team where she was part of the 1995 NCAA Division I National Champions. She finished her career as the third all-time leading point scorer in Irish history with 190 points (73g, 44a) and was a three-time All-Big East selection.

In 1999 she participated in the Women's FIFA World Cup for the Mexico National Team and earned over 25 caps while playing from 1998 to 2003.

From 2001-03, Gerardo was a member of the Washington Freedom where she helped her team advance to the organization's first Founders Cup Championship in 2002.

Gerardo holds a USSF 'C' License from the United States Soccer Federation and has served in roles such as Assistant to the Commissioner of the Women's Premier Soccer League, Sports Director of the International Center for Education and Sports and Director of Coaching at the American River Football Club.

Completed her Master's Degree in Coaching in Athletic Administration from Concordia University - 2014 

Year Coaching Duties Record SCIAC Finish
2017 Head Coach 12-9, 6-8 SCIAC 4th
2016 Head Coach 6-7-5, 4-6-4 SCIAC 6th
2015 Head Coach 9-5-3, 6-5-3 SCIAC 5th
2014 Head Coach 1-17-1, 0-14 SCIAC 8th
2013 Head Coach 1-18, 1-13 SCIAC 8th
2012 Head Coach 5-13, 3-11 SCIAC 7th
2011 Head Coach 2-15, 2-10 SCIAC 7th