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Soccer has always been an important part of Tessa's life. Some of her earliest memories were out on the soccer field. She believes this sport is a universal language. "Not only did I spend most weekends and after school hours playing with my team, but every time I traveled to other countries there were always pick-up games and fans that brought everyone together." Tessa, an alumnus of International herself, now teaches in the science department.  Working with the student-athletes at IHS allows her to keep this special game in her life while getting to know the students outside of the classroom. 



Coach Eddie moved to San Francisco 20 years ago from San Diego by way of Salt Lake City, Utah.  He has been a goalkeeper coach for 10 years, when started because his son was asked to play keeper at an early age.  At the time, plenty trainer/coaches for field players were available, but keepers were the afterthought.  Coaches believed they could give keepers minimal training or instructions and they would obtain desired results. 

Coach Eddie decided to begin his involvement with soccer by focusing on training keepers.  He furthered his knowledge by obtaining US Soccer Licenses F, E along with a Goalkeeping Certificate, and is currently a National D License and National Goalkeeping License.

Around 2006, Soccer in San Francisco was a very divided world.   Kids who lived in the Mission or surrounding neighborhoods played for a Latin Team, like Eddie’s son.  Those who lived elsewhere in the City played for San Francisco Youth Soccer.  Coach Williams was instrumental amongst others in merging two teams from different Youth Soccer Leagues.  A team from the Mission District, Chivas, with a team from San Francisco Youth Soccer called The Hook into a two teams.  This is how Santos & Santos Academy originated.  It became a model in uniting different talent from multiple ethnicities, which was more of a true representation of San Francisco.  One team was specifically a development team, and the second was our competitive team, competing at the highest level. 

Coach Eddie’s dedication and persistence has been positively showing, but, specifically, this past summer he was able to see how hard work, determination, and dedication to the sport paid off for three players.  They are currently playing Division One Soccer.  One happens to be his son, who walked on as a sophomore and made the roster as a D1 keeper at University of Pacific.  Zander didn’t follow the Academy route, he opted to play for his local team and continued training hard to be where he is today. 

Eddie has been married for 30 years, and currently lives in the Mission District, and I have a son named Alexander (Zander). In his free time, Coach continues to work with various teams in San Francisco by training their keepers.  “When not on the pitch training, I’m watching football matches, studying training films that help me understand the game more, and give valuable information learned to my players.  My favorite National Team is Portugal (força!).  I also support West Ham United. I have truly enjoyed the last four years at International and I look forward to more.  Go Jags! Believe and Achieve…. COYI!”


Tessa began her soccer career at five years old and the sport became an integral part of her life ever since. She played for club teams in the Bay area as well as her high school team and also played for Hamilton College before pursuing rugby as her new team sport. 

In her adult life, Tessa has joined a few recreational teams and coached high school, middle school and elementary school soccer. She also took a group of soccer players to Malawi as part of the Global Travel Program two years in a row to incorporate the students’ love for soccer with community service and a new global perspective. 

Tessa believes that one of the most valuable parts of being on a soccer team is to learn how to work with others and create a supportive environment. In addition, soccer is also one of the few universal sports that is played and watched all over the world. The love for the game can transpire many boundaries and bring groups of people from very different backgrounds together.

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International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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