Gabriel Toro returns for his fourth year as head coach of the CCRI men’s soccer program after guiding the Knights to a 6-9-1 season in 2010. He previously served as assistant coach of the program for two years under Victor Gaspar. Toro, a native of Colombia and a 1999 graduate of the University of Rhode Island (URI), is striving to renew the winning tradition of the CCRI men’s soccer program.
In addition to his coaching experience at CCRI, Toro has organized and coached clinics in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for boys and girls of all ages, focusing on technical weaknesses and enhancing players’ strengths to improve their confidence and technical skills. In 2001, he led the Tolman High School boys’ soccer team to the state final where they finished in second place.
Toro has extensive professional playing experience with the semi-pro Lusitana Portuguese Club in Cumberland and the Providence Soccer League. After graduating from URI with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he played three seasons for the Rhode Island Stingrays. At URI, he was a member of the No. 3 ranked men’s team that garnered a record of 19-1-3 and won Atlantic-10 championship titles in 1995 and 1996. He was honored with the Bob Butler Sportsmanship Award in 1998.
Mike Jerue returns for his sixth year as assistant coach and his fourth with Coach Gabe Toro’s staff; he was previously the assistant to former men’s soccer coach Victor Gaspar. Jerue played at CCRI in 1999 and is a former Region XXI champion goalkeeper. A former teammate of Toro’s at Lusitana Sports, Jerue has extensive training and knowledge playing both semipro and professional soccer.
He has more than 30 years of experience with goalkeepers, which is his main focus on the coaching staff. He is the co-founder of MK Goalkeeping Academy in West Warwick. Jerue has coached many levels ranging from youth to high school to college. He recently began his second year as a coach for the North American Soccer League Rhode Island Reds FC.