300th Win For Germond Just a Blip on Journey to Ultimate Goal

Story By: Ben Rodriguez, Reporter

Coach Oliver Germond after his 300th victory,  said it just feels like another game. The win wasn’t about him, it was about the players and the season ahead.

Coach Germond is all about creating opportunities for his players at the next level, it isn’t about wins or championships. His goal every year is to get to the Final Four because he feels like that gives his players the best opportunity to be seen by four year schools.

“My favorite part is that we get kids from different backgrounds and to be able to see them transfer is what motivates me,” Germond said.

Originally from Switzerland, Germond moved to the U.S. when he was 9-years-old.  He is in his 18th year at Fresno City and has produced one winning season after another for the Rams.

Germond won his 300th game against Canada College on Sept. 7. After the win, Coach Germond said: “You know I never thought about that number. To be honest with you I never thought I would be here 18 years. It has gone by so quick.”

It wasn’t always easy for Germond who got hired just two weeks before the first match in 2000. That team only won 7 games and had 12 players in total.

The next year Germond changed the dynamic of Fresno City College soccer, leading them to a 17-2 season. That year they were one win away from the final four, falling to Santa Rosa.

“It’s important to surround yourself with good people, I’ve been blessed with amazing assistant coaches,” Germond said.

Germond and the Rams are already off to a great start this season with a 6-1 record. There’s still 14 games left, but the goal of reaching the Final Four is as important as ever.

Germond talked about how getting to the final four is always the goal, once in it, truly anything can happen. Germond puts a high level of importance on getting his players to transfer to great schools. The schools include Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, San Diego State and Long Beach State just to name a few. The Central Valley is the prime recruiting spot for Germond and his team of coaches.

“My philosophy with recruiting is to leave no stone unturned, I go to small schools, big schools, doesn’t matter,” Germond said.

Germond says he looks for quality kids that take care of their academics and can help contribute to a state championship team. The I.D. camp held on Oct. 7th is a great way for coach to connect with the local community and give back. It’s also a great opportunity to be seen and show off a bit in front of college coaches.