John Sisterson
John Sisterson
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 805-965-0581 Ext 2945
Email: sisters@sbcc.edu

WSC North Coach of the Year 2011, 2014, 2017
CCCAA Southern California Coach of the Year 2017


Coach Sisterson starts his 14th year in 2018 after the most successful season in school history. The 2017 Vaqueros went unbeaten in their first 22 games and set school records for wins (21) and win streak (21). They reached their first state final and came up a goal short, falling to unbeaten Fresno City 2-1 in the championship game at American River College in Sacramento.

They finished with the best record in school history (21-1-1) and scored 77 goals while allowing an all-time low of six goals in 23 games. They were ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season and got as high as No. 2 in the nation before finishing at No. 3. The Vaqueros were 11-0 at home, outscoring their opponents 37-0.

Sisterson is 174-58-45 (.709) and has guided the Vaqueros to two straight State Final Fours. His teams have made the playoffs for eight straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 years. John, who also coaches the Vaquero men's team, picked up his 300th combined win on Oct. 20, 2018 in a 4-0 women's home win over Ventura.

Sisterson's combined overall record at SBCC is 316-118-79 (.693).

John led the Vaquero men and women to WSC North titles in 2017 and both were unbeaten (17-0-1 combined). Their overall combined record was 38-2-5. The 2017 men and women became the first California Community College to go undefeated in the same regular season (women 17-0-1, men 15-0-4).

Sisterson was named WSC North Coach of the Year for the women and CCCAA Southern California Coach of the Year. Katherine Sheehy was selected as WSC North Player of the Year. Sheehy and Amber Mulligan were chosen as All-Southern Cal Region and All-American.

Sisterson has coached six All-Americans (men and women) in his SBCC tenure.

The 2016 Vaquero women finished third in the WSC North and were seeded 14th. Then, they got on a roll and won four straight playoff games (the last three on the road) to reach the State Final 4 for the first time ever. They fell to Diablo Valley 2-0 in the semifinals, ending the year with a 16-7-1 record. The 16 wins tied for the most in John Sisterson's 12 seasons and were the second-most in school history.

The Vaqueros ended the 2016 season ranked No. 6 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

In 2014, Sisterson guided the Vaquero women to their second WSC North title in history and first outright championship with an unbeaten 9-0-3 record. It was the first time an SBCC women's soccer team had gone undefeated in conference play.

The 2014 squad won its last eight games in the regular season, went 9-0-1 at home and finished with a 14-3-5 record.

He also guided the 2011 squad to its first conference championship. John's conference record is 85-23-24 for an outstanding winning percentage of .735. He won his second WSC North Coach of the Year award in 2014 and Sandy Grimaldo was named Player of the Year, giving the Vaqueros 3 of the last 4 WSC Players of the Year.

In 2011, he was named Coach of the Year after leading the women to their first WSC North title with an 11-1 record. It was a banner year as the men's team, which he also coaches, claimed the WSC title as well. It's the first time the same school won both titles in the same year and Sisterson was also named Coach of the Year on the men's side.

The women's team won its first WSC North crown in 2011. John guided the Vaquero men to WSC championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Coach Sisterson was the Western State Conference Coach of the Year for both men and women in 2011. He was also voted 2008 WSC men's Coach of the Year.

Born in England, John has vast experience in coaching. He was the head coach for the U.S. Women's Deaf Olympic Team from 2003-09. The team won the gold medal in the Deaf Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in January 2005, beating Russia in the Olympic Stadium to cap a perfect 7-0 run in Olympic competition.

John has also coached at the University of Texas A&M, the high school level, ODP, and in Europe. Coach Sisterson was involved in Club Soccer as a Director of Coaching and Player Development in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also an Associate Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches of America. John holds NSCAA (Premier and Advanced), UEFA (Europe), FA (England), and USSF Coaching licenses. Coach Sisterson has Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Physical Education and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches of America.

John has 4 children -- Kate, Jack, Lisa and Liam. Jack played at Newcastle United and Leeds United Pro Academy teams and also at the University of Louisville in the Big East where he graduated in Equine Science. Jack was the assistant trainer of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another. He was also the assistant trainer for 2016 Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist.