Announcements and Important Events
Gina Castaneda (Casares), AHS class of 1993, was recently hired as our new Girls Soccer Head Coach, taking over for Carlos Bover.
As a student-athlete, Coach Castaneda was a four-year starter on the soccer team, and a two-time 1st team All-SCCAL selection. She led the Mariners to two SCCAL Team Championships, and to four CCS Playoff berths, reaching the quarter-finals in 1992. She was selected to the AHS Golden Anniversary Girls Soccer Team in 2019. Coach Castaneda was also a multiple SCCAL and CCS medalist in Track & Field, and she helped the Mariners win their 1st two SCCAL Team Championships in 15 years. She held the school record in the discus for eight years. As a senior in 1993, she was selected as the AHS Female Athlete-of-the-Year, and in 2010, she was inducted into the AHS Sports Hall of Fame.
After graduating in 1993, she played professional soccer several years for the Santa Cruz Monarchs.
Coach Castaneda has coached soccer at several schools and at several levels in several programs. Most notably, she founded the Aztecas Youth Soccer Program for juvenile probationers who affiliate with the Norteno and Sureno gangs. In 2009, she was honored with the Central Coast National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Service. She was recently appointed Team Administrator for the Nor-Cal Olympic Development Girls Soccer Program.
Good luck Coach Castaneda. We're excited to bring you back to Aptos High!