Published or Revised November 16, 2016
Coach Sylvester Jallah begins his first season this year heading the men’s and women’s soccer programs, bringing experience as both coach and player.
Coach Jallah comes to PJC after serving as the assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Texas - Tyler for the past three years. At Tyler the team was runner-up in the American Southwest Conference, and most recently went 20-10-7. The program there was also recognized as an NSCAA academic program for two consecutive years.
Prior to UT Tyler, Jallah was soccer coach at Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas where he helped lead the Kangaroos to a 65-15-5 overall record from 2007 to 2013. Killeen made the playoffs for four straight seasons, from 2008 to 2011, with Jallah picking up District Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 for Class 5A, Region 3. He led the team to make history for the school by making five consecutive playoff runs.
Jallah played for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the American Southwest Conference, and served as assistant there from 2006 to 2007. He has also played soccer with the Austin Aztecs, the Olympic Development Program in Bitburg, Germany and FC Bamberg.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science from UMHB, Jallah has a Masters of Science in Math from Texas A&M University, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas - Tyler.
Jallah holds the following soccer certifications: USSF B License; NSCAA Premier Diploma; National Youth Diploma; and NSCAAS Advanced National Diploma.
Michelle De La Garza
Michelle De La Garza is in her first year as PJC’s Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. She has received her B.S. in biology from Texas College in Tyler, Texas, where she was goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team from 2012-2016.
She was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference first team goalkeeper in her first season and in her second season was team captain, second team conference goalkeeper and had the most stops (230 saves) in the NAIA division. She also received the Character of Champion award and second most stops in her third and last season.
During college she also served as a voluntary coach for John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas. There she was in charge of developing the girls’ goalkeeper skills. Her soccer career began in Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville, Texas, where she was a four-year started varsity player and recognized as Best Goalkeeper, MVP, and First Team Goalkeeper in Division 6A.