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Ferrell served as Roots’ top assistant coach in 2019. He has over nine years of coaching experience at both the professional and amateur levels. Ferrell is also the former head coach of MLS-bound Sacramento Republic’s U-17 and U-19 Academy teams, and has been instrumental in building out their club’s scouting network in the Central Valley.
Prior to that, he spent three seasons as a top assistant with University of the Pacific, where he helped put together several impressive recruiting classes as the Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017. University of the Pacific won their first game in that NCAA Tournament appearance, and took eventual champion Stanford to penalty kicks before bowing out in the second round. Ferrell also spent two years as head coach of San Joaquin Delta College. His playing career included four years as a defender for Cal State East Bay in Hayward from 2005-08.
“I’m excited for the opportunity and responsibility to bring the culture of Oakland to the field for Roots and to lead the club into 2020. The East Bay is where I spent some of the most important years of my life and to have my first job as a professional head coach with a club that is committed to being a beacon for Oakland and its people is a dream come true,” Ferrell said. “My goal is to bring people to the stadium and get them out of their seats with winning, entertaining football. Football is for the people and I want to build a unique style here that represents the Town and allows us to be at our best against the best.”