Boys' Academy Staff & Coaches

Juan Carlos Ortega – Director of Methodology and Development

The club hired Juan Carlos Ortega as the LA Galaxy Director of Methodology and Development in July 2019. Ortega joins the LA Galaxy after serving as the technical-tactical coordinator for the Mexican Football Federation and will oversee all LA Galaxy Academy decisions.

Ortega has worked for the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) since 2009 in two roles, most recently serving as the tactical technical coordinator, where he oversaw the youth national teams. During his time with FMF, Ortega won a U-17 World Cup with Mexico and qualified for U-17 World Cups (2015, 2017) and U-20 World Cups (2015, 2017, 2019). Ortega also served as the head coach for the Mexican U-15 Youth National Team.

Prior to his time as the tactical technical coordinator for FMF, Ortega spent six years as an assistant coach at Chivas de Guadalajara from 2003 to 2009. He returned to Chivas in August 2013 as head coach before being appointed as the Director of Sporting Development for the club a few months later.

Born in Atotonilco el Alto, Mexico, Ortega played as a defender for various Mexican clubs during his time as a professional, including Tigres de la UANL, Club Léon, Correcaminos de la UAT and Club Deportivo Tapatio. He retired as a professional player in 2003 and began his work in front staff and technical staff positions soon after.

Kevin Hartman - Academy Director Soccer Operations

William Bizzaro - Manager, Soccer Administration

Junior Gonzalez - LA Galaxy II Head Coach

Gonzalez joined the Galaxy on Nov. 8, 2017 after serving as the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Head Coach since the start of the 2017 USL season. 

Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach of Seattle Sounders FC and was previously an assistant coach and served as the director of scouting at Chivas USA from 2013-2014. Gonzalez has also served as the U.S. Boys’ U-15 National Team assistant coach, as well as the head scout for the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The California native also served as the Sounders’ head academy scout and U-14 head coach.

Gonzalez’s coaching career began in 2001 as an assistant coach for the University of California, Riverside men’s program. Three years later he became the head coach, and under his tenure 30 players were named All-Big West Conference – including two Big West Conference Players of the Year – and six players went on to MLS and USL careers. In 2011, Gonzalez was named the Big West Coach of the Year.

As a player, Gonzalez won the 1997 NCAA National Championship with UCLA. His collegiate career included four trips to the NCAA tournament and three Mountain Pacific Conference Championships. Gonzalez continued his playing career with the USL’s San Diego Flash, and his career continued throughout California before his final stop with the Utah Blitz.

Matt Tutton

U-19 Head Coach

Pedro Santos

U-17 Head Coach

Francisco Diaz

U-15 Head Coach

Grant Heywood

U-14 Head Coach

Mauricio Cienfuegos

U-13 Head Coach

Sam Al-basith

U-12 Head Coach

Ruben Messina

Goalkeeper Coach

Jonathyn Lomeli

Goalkeeper Coach

Jonathyn Lomeli

Goalkeeper Coach

Carlos Gomez

Performance Coach

Walter Grandez

Performance Coach

Pablo Chung

Academy Head Athletic Trainer

Jose Vega

Equipment Manager

Nicolette Leffler