BELTON- The UMHB men’s soccer program announced the addition of Fernando Lisboa as assistant coach on Wednesday, filling the void on the coaching staff left behind by UMHB alum Javier Zaragoza, who stepped down after one season with the Cru.
“I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to be part of UMHB Men’s Soccer coaching staff,” said Lisboa in a press release. “I can’t wait to see what God has planned for the future of this program. I am eager to meet the players and contribute to the success of the program.”
Lisboa will travel south for his second collegiate coaching job after spending two years at D-II Dallas Baptist as a graduate assistant. There, he helped the Patriots to their first winning season in program history, as they posted a 6-3 record in Lone Star Conference play in 2022 and a 7-6-5 overall record.
Before arriving in the Lone Star State, Lisboa also spent time in Raleigh, North Carolina as a private coach for Golden Touch in addition to serving as a sport management intern for soccer.com.
An NAIA All-American in 2019, Lisboa starred as a defender for Hastings College (Hastings, Nebraska) where he was also voted Great Plains Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2019, he helped Hastings to an appearance in the National Final of the NAIA Tournament.
Lisboa is a native of Piracicaba, Brazil, and currently holds a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) D License as well as a Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.
“We are excited to add Coach Lisboa to our staff,” UMHB head coach Ben Allen commented in the press release. “He was a decorated player at the NAIA level and part of a coaching staff that set records at Dallas Baptist. He is a great fit to help our team culture of creating better husbands, fathers and bosses. I am confident Coach Lisboa will help propel our program to the next level.”