Latino Coaches Advocacy Group 


February 13, 2020

Message from the Chair:

On behalf of the United Soccer Coaches Latino group, we thank you for all your time and energy. We feel that the Baltimore Convention was a great first step in organizing and creating for our Latino Group. Many great ideas came out of our meeting and as you can see below we have already addressed some issues in preparation for the 2021 convention in Anaheim.

I can not stress enough the importance of your participation as we need more members to be actively involved in our task force to continue to tell our stories. We have the positions below for those that may be interested. Continue to share the word of our mission within your communities so we can provide the most complete and comprehensive service to all our Latino coaches throughout the country.

As we stated in the meetings and the social please do not wait till the next convention to reach out and be a part of the process. This is your chair, we just have the opportunity to speak on your behalf. Once again thank you for all you do for this game and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Julio C Serrano


Baltimore Convention 2020


Here are some highlights from the Convention

Beyond Coaching: Understanding How Current Immigration Policy Affects Players Off the Field with Mirella Ceja-Orozco
If you did not have the opportunity to attend this session I highly encourage you to read the Soccer America article with Mirella as well as click on the second link which includes important information that every coach, administrator, and parent should know.

Soccer America Article
Know your rights

Contact Info
Mirella Ceja-Orozco


Coaching Strategies for English Language Learners by Brooke Kandel and Fritz Ella
This presentation from Butler University professors shared some valuable information on the best strategies for coaches who are working with populations who are learning English. This athlete-centered approach is different than some other ESL contexts in schools. This was part of the Urban Diploma and we will look to share more resources from this presentation and the other course on the Urban Diploma track.


The Role of the Sports Director in Pachuca FC with Marco Garces 7 Futsal sessions (Lecture and Field) with Matias Lucix
Hopefully you were able to catch at least one of the seven sessions done by Matias who works with the Argentine Futsal National Team.


The Past, The Present, and The Future of the Latino Coach and Player with Julio Serrano, Rick Flores, and Jacob Morrison
Here is a link to both our presentations from the weekend. Feel free to use and share with your friends and colleagues.

Latino Group Meeting

Latino Advocacy Meeting
We met a lot of great people over the week and heard from many who share a passion for this game and are working hard in their communities.

Here are some main takeaways from our conversations and meetings with our members

  • Communication – This is of the utmost importance for conversations and action to take place
  • Spanish Language Offerings (Articles, Courses, Conference presenters)
  • More Latinas – From Coaching, to Referees, to Players and everything in between
  • Participation – Getting more people involved
  • Community – This is not just about who you are, but who coach and who you were coached by. It is also about involving all facets of the game from Administrators, Referees, Parents, Volunteers and how we are supporting each other.

Association News

United Soccer Coaches Re-submits Amendment Seeking U.S. Soccer Board Vote
United Soccer Coaches and the U.S. Armed Forces Sports Council have re-submitted their proposed amendment to the U.S. Soccer bylaws that would ensure the two associations have representation on the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.

Click here to View English/Español version here!

United Soccer Coaches Advocacy Awards 2020

Latino Coaches Award of Excellence 2020 – Lou Sagastume

We wanted to recognize Lou again for his contributions to the game. This one plaque does not do justice to the service he has and continues to put toward the game.

Lou Sagastume was one of the early leaders in organizing Latino coaches in the United States around the game, forming the Latin American Soccer Coaches Association (LASCA). That group eventually merged with United Soccer Coaches (then NSCAA) to become the Latin American Soccer Coaches Committee which had a spot on their Board of Directors. The group became active in providing bilingual coaching education courses, articles in Soccer Journal and clinicians at the annual convention. A native of Guatemala, he grew up in northern California and attended the University of San Francisco, where he was an All-American midfielder for the Dons including as a member of their 1966 NCAA Championship team. He later coached youth and high school soccer in the Bay Area before taking the position at Air Force where he compiled a 303-196-43 record before retiring in 2007.

Certification of Appreciation 2020 – Jose Carbone

We just wanted to again thank Jose for all his hard work as the past Latino Chair and for all that he has done within our group. Thank you Jose!


Advocacy Group Positions
We are assembling the team which will help us pave the way for the future of this group.  We have already had a great response from those who attended the convention and some folks have already signed up. And this cannot be a one-person show for each of these positions. If any of these positions you feel like you can contribute to, we want to hear from you!!

Here are the needs of the Latino Advocacy Council.  There are 4 areas:

  • Enhance the Latino membership experience – Enhancement Team Leaders will lead the content-driven portion of the group. Working with the Chair and members to create, build and catalog content to move through various outlets.
  • Recruit and promote Latino/a leadership – Recruitment Team Leaders focus is on the recruitment and retention of coaches for present and future commissions within the LAC
  • Develop the Latino coaches environment – Development Team Leaders is tasked with creating meaningful experiences for Latino/a coaches through environments crafted and created for Latino/a coaches
  • Recognize and celebrate excellence by Latino coaches, players, administrators in the game – Recognition Team Leaders will create additional spotlights to celebrate and of recognition for Latino/a coaches in the game

Interested individuals, please reach out via email:

Spanish Diploma Track – Anaheim Convention 2021
It is with great excitement as we plan for the 2021 Convention, that at the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Convention there will be a Spanish Track Diploma that will focus and emphasize topics and courses in Spanish. More details on this will follow.

The Beginning
This newsletter is the first of many tools that we will use to broadcast announcements, news, updates, recognition, highlights, topics, education, etc.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us and share how you can and want to be involved. We will be making a big push this next month to continue to update content and share and connect around this beautiful game. We are building this community together

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