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Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15 is recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month. During this time the association recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to history, culture, and the game we all love. During Hispanic Heritage Month the United Soccer Coaches Latino Coaches Advocacy Group offers a variety of learning opportunities to coaches across the United Soccer Coaches platforms.

The Latino Coaches Advocacy Group created a trio of webinars for this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, touching on the topics of today’s Latino Coach. Watch the recordings of these webinars below!

  • The Importance of Education in the Journey of the Latino Coach – St. Louis City FC Academy Coach Luis Swisher and El Paso, Juventus Director of Coaching Cynthia Cervantes sit down with Lower Merion Soccer Club Development Academy Director Art Hernandez and Former Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assistant Technical Director Loy Urbina to talk about the importance of coaching education in their coaching journey.
  • The Education Pathway to Grow as a Latino Coach – Merion Soccer Club Development Academy Director Art Hernandez and Former Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assistant Technical Director Loy Urbina talk with New Jersey Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Rick Meana and New Mexico Youth Soccer Association Technical Director Rick Flores about the pathway of coaching education to grow as a Latino coach.
  • An Interview with the New Latino Coaches Advocacy Group Chair: Mauricio Lozada – United Soccer Coaches is pleased to announce the new Chair for the Latino Coaches Advocacy Group. Mauricio Lozada was a member of the last 30 under 30 class, serves on the association’s Board of Directors Diversity Committee and has served on the leadership team for the Advocacy Group. Please enjoy this interview with Mauricio, led by Art Hernandez, as he talks about the benefits of membership, reasons to get involved, and how Latino and Latina coaches can take advantage of their membership.

 

In the Sept/Oct Soccer Journal, we featured Victor Lonchuk in our “Voces latinoamericanas en nuestro fútbol: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month” spread. We’ve made this feature available to all who want to read at the link below! 

Some United Soccer Coaches Pages Have Been Translated in Spanish!

In collaboration with Hispanic Heritage Month and the United Soccer Coaches Latino Coaches Advocacy Group, we’ve translated some of our website’s most popular pages into Spanish.

In 2020, The United Soccer Coaches Podcast ran a five-part series highlighting Latino Coaches Advocacy members during Hispanic Heritage Month. Listen to the episodes below:

For Hispanic Heritage Month in 2021, the Latino Coaches Advocacy Group created the web series “Tu Juego, Tu Voz – Your Game, Your Voice,” featuring relevant topics and knowledgeable guests.

Subject & Guests
Helping Latinx Students Through the College Recruitment Process
Moderated by: Jake Morrison, Director of Soccer, JASA RWC
Guests:
Javier Ayala-Hil, Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, University of San Francisco
Jaime Ramirez, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Fresno Pacific University
Webinar Recording
The Coaching Education Process and Benefits for the Latinx Community
Moderated by: Mario Fernandez, U.S. Soccer Grassroots Instructor
Guests:
Loy Urbina, Assistant Techincal Director, Massachusetts Youth Soccer
Eloisa Borreguero, Head Coach, Albion SC
Rick Flores, Technical Director, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association
Neil Ellis, Head Coach, South Region Boys ODP
Webinar Recording
Engaging the Latinx Community to Support a TOPSoccer Program
Moderated by: Arturo Hernandez, Techincal Director, Lionville SC
Guests:
Alejandra Jurado, Soccer for Success Director, Illinois Youth Soccer
Shawn Danhouser, Chairperson, US Youth Soccer Region II TOPSoccer
Rick Flores, Technical Director, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association
Webinar Recording
Getting and Keeping Latina Players in the Game
Moderated by: Eloisa Borreguero, Head Coach, Albion SC
Guests:
Natalia Astrain, Head Coach, FC Bay Area
Diego Cevallos, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Judson University
Cynthia Cervantes, Director of Soccer Coaching, El Paso Juventus FC
Sandra Palma, Assistant Coach, Youth R.I.S.E
Webinar Recording

 

John Orozco

John Orozco

Toledo Christian Boys Soccer Head Coach

The first Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight belongs to John Orozco. John is one of the founding members of the Latin American Soccer Coaches Association (LASCA) and the Head Coach for Toledo Christian Boys Soccer in Toledo, OH. John was also recognized for his service to the game, the convention, and the association with a Certificate of Appreciation at the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Norma Sanchez

Norma Sanchez

Girls Leading Girls Technical Trainer

Get to know Girls Leading Girls Technical Trainer Norma Sanchez. Norma is the former Varsity and Junior Varsity Head Coach at San Leandro High School and was the first in her family to attend and graduate from both high school and college. You can read more about Norma’s coaching journey here.

Amanda Casares

Amanda Casares

DC Stoddart Age Group Director & Head Coach

Introducing our next Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight: Amanda Casares! Amanda is the Age Group Director and Head Soccer Coach at DC Stoddart. She was also a member of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Class of 2017-2018. In her playing career at Binghamton University, Amanda was a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region Player!

Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira

Bunnell High School Head Varsity Girls Coach

Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight: Pedro Oliveira! Pedro is the Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Bunnell High School and the United Soccer Coaches Latino Coaches Advocacy Group Chair Enhancement Team Leader. Working with the Chair and Members, Pedro leads the creation, build, and cataloging of content that is moved through various outlets. Read more about Pedro here.

Rick Flores

Rick Flores

New Mexico Youth Soccer Association Technical Director

Get to know Rick Flores in this Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight! Rick Flores is the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association Technical Director and began his coaching journey as an Active Duty Marine. Learn more about Rick and his coaching journey here.

Jimena Torres

Jimena Torres

2009 Downtown LA Girls Soccer Club Head Coach

Introducing our next Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight: Jimena Torres! Jimena is the Head Coach of the 2009 Downtown L.A. Girls Soccer Club. As a Latinx woman, Jimena wants to “continue to close racial, social-economic, and gender barriers.” Read more about her story here.

Messias Dos Santos

Messias Dos Santos

Atletico Santa Rosa Director of Coaching and Player Development

Get to know Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight: Messias Dos Santos! Messias is the Director of Coaching and Player Development at Atletico Santa Rosa who began his coaching journey in Brazil playing for Sete de Setembro FC. Read more about Messias, his journey, and the history of Atletico Santa Rosa here.

Isela Ferreyra

Isela Ferreyra

CT Cimarrones category 2014/2017 Head Coach

Take some time today to get to know our Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight: Isela Ferreyra! Isela is the Head Coach of CT Cimarrones category 2014/2017 and started coaching through the help of her own coach Eusebio “Chebo” Martinez. Read more about Isela here.

Mauricio Lozada

Mauricio Lozada

Colorado Rapids North Staff Coach

Introducing our final Hispanic Heritage Month Coach Spotlight: Mauricio Lozada! Mauricio is a Staff Coach at Colorado Rapids North and a member of the 2020-2021 Class of the 30 Under 30 Program! Learn more about Mauricio here.