With more than 20 years of coaching and NCAA Division I playing experience, former Eastern assistant returns to Cheney
After a brief stint with the Eagles in 2007, Julio Morales returns to Eastern Washington University as the new assistant women's soccer coach, announced Wednesday (April 20) by head coach George Hageage.
Morales was a member of the EWU staff during the 2007 season, helping primarily with the junior varsity squad. A veteran of Pacific Northwest soccer, Morales brings 17 years of coaching at a variety of levels, as well as four years of Division I playing experience.
"It is great to have Julio back on our staff," said Hageage. "He has great ties to the Spokane area, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are familiar with the quality of coach that he is, and we are very excited about the new energy he will bring to the program."
Since graduating from Gonzaga in 1993, Morales has coached at nearly every level of soccer from high school to club to junior college to NCAA Division I. Most recently, he was an assistant coach for the men's team at North Idaho College in 2010. He has also served as a Director of Coaching for the Spokane Shadow Premier Youth Soccer Club for the past three years. In 2010, he was selected as a Technical Staff Instructor for Washington Youth Soccer.
Prior to his term in the Spokane area, Morales served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Montana from 2004-06. While at UM, Morales helped with all aspects of the Big Sky program, including recruitment of student athletes, scheduling, scouting, technical training and academic progress. The Lady Griz qualified for the Big Sky Conference tournament in two of his three years with the program, including a runner-up finish in 2004. The squad had 14 all-conference selections from 2004-06, including nine on the first team.
Morales also coached the girls soccer team at Sentinel High School in Missoula from 1998-2006. The Spartans qualified for the state playoffs in six of his eight years at the helm, including a third-place finish in 2004.
In the midst of his many duties at UM and Sentinel, Morales also served as head coach for the Montana Youth Soccer Association Boys Olympic Development Program from 2002-04, after serving on the ODP staff since 1994.
A native of Missoula, Mont., Morales started his own playing career with the Missoula Strikers Club. Morales and the Strikers won two state club championships in his eight-year tenure with the team. His success in the youth soccer arena led to a Division I scholarship at nearby Gonzaga University. Morales was a four-year starter at central defender for the Bulldogs. He graduated from GU in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in political science.