2017 Youth Coach of the Year: Brandon Rodriguez


Coaching Philosophy

My goal is to continuously improve each player both mentally and technically, so they reach their maximum potential. Empowering players to make decisions, take leadership roles and increase their level of confidence in a competitive environment. Individual development in a team environment is paramount and accomplished through both physical and mental growth where decisions are made, and life skills learned.

Current coaching activities:

  • SA United Soccer Club (2009 - Present)
    • U14 (’04) Girls Black (1st year) – US Club Soccer, Champions League
    • U15 (’03) Girls Black (6th year) – US Club Soccer, Champions League
  • South Texas Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program (2012 - Present)
  • Central Catholic High School (2014 – Present)
  • Players Academy of Soccer Skills (2016 - Present)

Previous coaching assignments at SA United Soccer Club:

  • U10 (’05) Boys Academy – 2 years
  • U15 (’00) Boys Gold (DI) – 5 years
  • U16 (’99) Boys RIASA Black (D1) – 7 years
  • U18 (‘98/’99) Girls Black (D1)– 1 year

Club Coaching Experience:

  • SA United Soccer Club, San Antonio (2009 - Present)
  • Dallas Texans, San Antonio (acquired Hammers)  (2008)
  • Hammers Soccer Club, San Antonio (2006 - 2008)
  • Northeast Youth Soccer Organization (1996 - 2005)

Coaching Licenses/Diplomas:

United Soccer Coaches

  • 7v7/9v9 Diploma (August 2017)
  • 4v4 Diploma (January 2017)
  • NFHS/NSCAA Professional Development Certificate (January 2017)
  • Special Topics Diploma – Speed of Play (January 2017)
  • Special Topics Diploma – Technical Development of the Competitive Player (January 2017)
  • Special Topics Diploma – Attacking Principles of Play (January 2016)
  •  Special Topics Diploma – Top 10 Ways to Connect Agility and Technical Development (January 2015)
  • Special Topics Diploma – Top 10 Coaching Clinics (November 2014)
  • Advanced National Diploma (June 2014)
  • Goalkeeping level 1 & 2 Diploma (June 2014)
  • Director of Coaching Diploma (March 2014)
  • National Diploma (June 2013)
  • Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma (March 2013)
  • Special Topics Diploma - Reading the Game (October 2011)
  • Advanced Regional Diploma (January 2010)

U.S. Soccer/US Youth Soccer

  • C license (current candidate November 2017)
  • National Youth License (“Y” Course – December 2011)
  • D license (August 2009)
  • E license (August 2008)
  • Youth Module U10-U12 & U6-U10 (August 2005)
  • F license (August 1997)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance online class: “Getting parents on your side”
  • Concussion protocol (October 2017)

Playing Career:

  • St. Mary’s University (1990 - 1991)
  • Central Catholic High School (1988 – 1990)