Head Coach of Jaws 06 Blue
I started playing soccer at 6 six years old in Veracruz, Mexico. At age 12 I was invited to play in an adult neighborhood team which was at the amateur level but included many retired, professional players. At age 15, I was selected to play on my high school team but was also playing on a professional team, 3rd Division, called Cañeros de Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz, which is affiliated with the professional soccer team, Tiburones Rojos (Red Sharks) of Veracruz. I played for them for three years, competing throughout the state of Veracruz, Later, I played for two years for my university team, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Puebla (National Teaching University of Puebla).
I started coaching in 2009 as an assistant coach with my son’s team when he was six years old. I served as an assistant coach off and on, both for his Sharks team and while he played for the Club Revolution, at the Coach’s request. During this time, I got my Coaching License.
Soccer is a sport that fosters joy, self-confidence, integrity, and team-work. It is an indispensable tool for personal development, and can build friendships that can last a lifetime. My perspective as a coach is that every player deserves the opportunity to find the sport or activity that speaks to them, and where they can feel safe, both physically and emotionally. Everyone deserves to feel that they are welcomed, accepted for who they are, and that they can express themselves.
Soccer is a team sport. No one person can win a game. No one person can lose a game. The more our team knows each other, can communicate with each other and trusts one another, the better they will play together. During our practices we do a lot of work on team-building. In the spring and summer we incorporate beach soccer, both to help condition our athletes, but also to build community.
I am a competitive person, coaching competitive soccer and like anyone else, I prefer to win games. But it’s more important to me to see the individual and collective growth of my players. It’s more important that, at the end of the game, regardless of the outcome, that they know that they did the best they could do. I want my players to play hard, work together as a team, and feel proud of themselves. That, to me, is the definition of winning.
PO Box 2039
Santa Cruz, CA 95063