Salvador//photo courtesy of BCC

By: Christopher Molina: Sports Editor.

Salvador Guillen, who was the former head coach of  Bergen’s men’s and women’s tennis and soccer teams, and a tennis adjunct professor, has died.

Many at the Bergen Athletics Department are saddened by the news. Coach Guillen helped BCC to reach two region men’s tennis championships in 2005 and 2013, where he earned Region XIX Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year. With that success earned him the respect from his devotion to the players and the Athletic Program. “Coach Sal was always around to help anyone that needed help.  He always brought a smile and a positive attitude to our program.   He had pride in being a Bergen Bulldog and leading our teams.  His support for our overall athletic program was tremendous,” said  Director of Bergen athletics Jorge Hernandez

  During his tenure, he coached ten AllAmerican including several trips to the NJCAA Men’s Tennis National tournament, where his team won 3rd place in 2013 and 4th place in 2014 . He has also led the intramural program at BCC for over 10 years.

Coach Guillen began his coaching career at Bergen as an assistant coach in men’s soccer in 1994. Later, he became head coach from 2002 to 2010.  Aside from coaching soccer, he began coaching the men’s tennis team in 2004.

Only after the 2015 season did he finish coaching for 12 years. He coached men’s tennis and in 2013 he received a “10 Years of Service” award.

During his time as a coach for Bergen, he was a major impact as a coach and as a mentor. One of those impacted by him was former BCC men’s soccer coach, Coach Freddy Herrera, who led men’s soccer to win their first backtoback region titles in 2015 and 2016.  

“I played for him; I learned from him. I’m a soccer coach thanks to him, and he taught me to believe in myself!  Thank you professor, and God be with you,” Herrera said.

Many here at Bergen are privileged enough to have shared their time with Coach Guillen and the comfort in knowing of the positive impact he made on the students-athletes he coached for the last two decades remains unforgettable.”We are so truly privileged to have shared this time with Coach Sal and take some degree of comfort in knowing the positive impact he has had on college students for the last two decades remains immense.” said Hernandez