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Mark Cisneros


Mark Cisneros

Director of Coaching

Mark Cisneros is an award winning educator and English instructor at both the high school and college levels. In addition to being a veteran teacher, Mark is also a long time youth soccer coach, working with kids at youth levels through semi-professional ranks. He is the head boys’ varsity soccer coach of nationally ranked Alisal High School in Salinas, California. Most recently, in 2021, Mark was named the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC). Mark is fully committed to a broader spectrum of player development, one that includes psych-social concepts, mental frameworks, and technical & tactical abilities.

For the serious soccer players, player development–the mind and the body–should be first and foremost. AF Monterey is where it all begins. Let us make you great!


  • Thirty-years of coaching experience, from youth to semi-professional ranks
  • California Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, 2016
  • KSBW Golden Whistle Recipient, 2017
  • Monterey Bay League: Gabilan Division Coach of the Year, 2010-2013’
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee: ’99, 00, 01, 02, 04
  • Los Angeles County’s Most Inspirational Teacher, 2001
  • Distinguished Teacher: Alisal High School 2009, 2015, 2016
  • Graduation Keynote Speaker: Alisal High School, 2014, 2015
  • NSCAA Third-Team All-America Coach, 2014
  • All-County; All-League Coach of the Year, 2010, 2013
  • U.S. Soccer Grassroots License 9v9
  • U.S. Soccer Grassroots License 11v11
  • USSF D License Candidate (paused due to COVID) March, 2020
  • TOVO Academy Course
  • TOVO, Stanford NFHS License