Name: Eddie Gutierrez
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Year(s) at Citrus: Gutierrez played for the Owls during their most successful two-season stint in program history, 2007-2008. Over the course of those two seasons, Citrus went 22-12-9. As a freshman Gutierrez, appeared in just 15 games, but was second on the team in scoring with six goals and an assist. For his efforts Gutierrez was named an All-Western State Conference Honorable Mention honoree. In his sophomore season, Gutierrez scored nine more goals and had six assists, on his way to 1st team All-WSC honors. To this day Gutierrez holds the program record for career points (35) and is second in program history for most points in a season (24 in 2008). He’s second for most goals in a season (9 in 2008), first in career goals (15), first in assists in a season (6 in 2008), and first in career assists (7). Gutierrez also graduated from Citrus College with an AA and an AS.
Where did you go after Citrus?: “I attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo on a partial soccer scholarship. I was there for a year when I decided to come back to California and transferred to Concordia University Irvine where I finished my soccer career.”
Honors/Awards earned after Citrus?: At Hawaii Hilo Gutierrez was the second leading scorer for the Vulcans playing in 19 of their 20 games, scoring six goals, recording three assists, and notching 15 points. He was named an All-PacWest Honorable Mention selection. At Concordia, Gutierrez appeared in 21 of the Eagles 22 games, scoring three more goals and adding six assists for a total of 12 points. During his time at Concordia, the Eagles won both the regular season and tournament Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. The Eagles were also ranked #3 in the Nation. He graduated from Concordia with a BA in Exercise and Sports Science.
What are you doing now and how long have you been doing it?: Gutierrez now works for the Los Angeles Police Department, where he’s been employed for over a year.
What brought you to Citrus? “[Head Men’s Soccer Coach] Fred [Bruce-Oliver] and [Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach] Jason [Schmelzeisen] brought me in. At the time, I was a kid with no idea where to go and Citrus was close to home. Once I did a campus tour with the help of Coach Jason, I was convinced Citrus was the right spot for me to shine as a student and an athlete. It was the best choice I could have made, no doubt.”
How would you describe your Citrus experience? “Amazing! Everything is completely different, you meet friends from all around the world, you get any help that you need for school, and all the staff is willing to go out of their way to fulfill your needs and make sure you get things done. On the field it was the same thing, all the installations are available to you and the staff will help you reach the highest level to compete.”
How did your time at Citrus help prepare you for the four-year level? “It helped me be more confident at anything I did, including simply going to classes. It taught me how to be a student first then an athlete second. Especially at the college level where you don't have people telling you what you need to do next all the time. It’s all up to you to manage time and responsibilities.”
If you had to sum up Citrus in one word what would it be and why? “Impossible. Why? Because there's no simple word to describe all the great things I experienced while at Citrus.”
If someone asked you if they should attend Citrus and play a sport, what would you tell them and why? “Heck yeah! It will help guide you to find the real thing you want to do in life, even if you have absolutely no clue what do you want right now. That’s just what I was like back then and now I love my career and my life.”