Head Coach Oceanside Breakers G14
Head Coach Oceanside Breakers G15
“I am a Latina college coach, and if you would have told me that at age 15, I wouldn’t have believed you. Representation matters, I want players to know my culture is my foundation.”
Your coaching experience, who you are, and what you do?
My name is Jessica Montiel, I have been coaching youth and high school soccer since 2010. I just started as an assistant coach for Palomar College. I have coached every age group, but 7v7 is by far my favorite. I am a mom, a wife, and a student. Pretty full plate!
Why is it important for you to be a coach?
Representation matters, whether it is being female, or Latina. I did not grow up with female coaches and did not see Latina’s coaching.
Why do you think coaching education is important?
The best advice I got when I started coaching was to never let the players outgrow you, always keep learning. Learning is lifelong, in coaching and in life.
What does heritage mean to you?
It means legacy, the footprints we leave behind. My personal heritage is that of strong, hard-working fighters. Those traits fuel me to keep going and create bigger footprints.
How do you keep up with the current coaching trends?
It may sound funny, but Twitter. I have an awesome community of coaches who share great content.
What coaching skills are the most important to your current role?
Connecting with players. I coach all age groups, but the one constant, players want to be heard and seen. The more comfortable a player feels, the easier it is to help develop.
Why do you feel that bringing resources to Latino communities is important?
It is important because I feel the Latino community is so undervalued, which affects the younger generations. I was a lucky one, I was financially supported throughout my entire playing career. Having opportunities can change a person’s life.
How does culture play a role in your coaching?
I am a Latina college coach, and if you would have told me that at age 15, I wouldn’t have believed you. Representation matters, I want players to know my culture is my foundation.
What is your coaching philosophy?
My coaching philosophy is simple, love your players. I believe we can get players to run through walls for us when they know we will run through them too. I am a player’s coach, and I wear that proudly.
What introduced you to the beautiful game of soccer?
Soccer was always fun, and I was pretty good. Watching the 99’rs win the world cup, was a life-changing moment. I knew I wanted to be involved with the sport for the rest of my life.