Emanuel "Manny" Martins enters his second season as assistant coach with the UCLA women's soccer program. He brings a wealth of experience to the Bruins staff, having coached at the club, high school, college and semi-professional levels.
Martins arrived at UCLA in 2011 from the highly successful Los Angeles Premier FC, where he served as the Girls Director of Coaching and Player Development, as well as the head coach of the club's WPSL team. He is also coming off a two-year stint as the men's head coach at Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, Calif. Prior to that, he was LA Mission's women's coach for two seasons.
Martins began his coaching career in 1996 as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Sylmar High School. He quickly rose through the ranks, eventually taking over as Sylmar's head coach in 1998. He led the program to overall record of 101-54-22 in seven seasons. The team recorded a 1-13 record in the first year at the helm, however went on to post two 20-win seasons and three league championships. He also influenced the program into becoming the school's top academic team for two consecutive seasons.
While at Sylmar High School, Martins began his first stint at Los Angeles Mission College as an assistant coach. He eventually moved on to Division II Cal Poly Pomona, where he served as an assistant coach with the men's program for three seasons. At Cal Poly, Martins was responsible for recruiting, traveling, academic progress, and scouting, along with practice and game day protocol. He was directly responsible for the recruitment of Pomona's 2004 class, which has been labeled as the most talented recruiting class in the program's history.
Following his three-year run in Pomona, Martins returned to Los Angeles Mission College, where he served as head coach up until arriving at UCLA. At LA Mission, Martins was instrumental in helping the school to a conference championship, while also sending a number of players to NCAA Division I and II programs. LA Mission also earned a state ranking of No. 2 and a national ranking of No. 3 during his tenure. During his time at LA Mission, Martins also served as the boys head coach at Granada Hills Charter High School from 2007-10.
In addition to his efforts in the high school and college ranks, Martins has been very successful at the club level, serving as Director of Coaching and Player Development with the Los Angeles Rampage FC from 2006-10. He moved on from the Rampage in 2010 to assume the position of Girls Director of Coaching and Player Development with Los Angeles Premier FC. He also coached the club's semi-professional team, earning WPSL Coach of the Year honors in 2010.
Martins was born in Portugal and moved to San Fernando in 1993, playing soccer at Sylmar High School and LA Mission College. He completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona in 2006 and holds a USSF A License. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Creole.
Martins lives in Sylmar with his wife, Lorena, and his three children Isiah, Emma and London.