POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River's men's soccer program has added an international flair to its coaching staff with the hire of Diego Figueroa.
Head coach Drew Gallant announced the hire on Monday.
"Diego came highly recommended from multiple Division 1 coaches. He has an extensive background in club coaching and has coached some of the best players in Tennessee," Gallant said. "One of his main jobs at Tennessee Soccer Club was placing players at four-year schools. He has many connections around the country and these connections will be a great asset to help us in our goal of continuing to move players on to the next level."
Gallant said the Lima, Peru, native will focus his efforts on player development, recruiting and acting as a liaison with four-year programs.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach at such an established program, like the one at Pearl River Community College," Figueroa said. "It will be an absolute privilege to coach alongside Coach Drew Gallant. With many years of success and collegiate coaching experience, I am sure I will grow a tremendous amount as a coach and person under his wing."
Figueroa joins PRCC's staff after spending 2019-20 as the Tennessee Soccer Club's Assistant Director for Under-15 and U-19 boys and girls squads.
Prior to that, Figueroa was the Nashville FC Youth Technical Director from 2017-2019, the Aris FC Director of Player Development from 2014-17 and the Belmont University Strength and Conditioning Intern in 2013-14.
Figueroa also owns an extensive playing experience.
During three seasons at Pensacola Catholic, Figueroa scored 80 goals and registered 60 assists to earn first team all-area honors and lead Catholic to three District Championships. He spent his senior season at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, before signing at Belmont University. With the Bruins, Figueroa rose to captain status.
Figueroa is still scattered throughout Belmont's record book, including fifth in matches played (70). Figueroa was also an Academic All-Conference selection in 2010 and 2013.
After his college career concluded, Figueroa went on to play for the Gulf Coast Texans in 2012, Pensacola City FC in 2013 and Nashville United 2015-19. All three teams compete in the National Premier Soccer League.