Coach Fernando Rodríguez joins Brookside Soccer Club coaching staff in 2019 with a long history as a dedicated, passionate and reputable bilingual coach (Spanish) that began with his first steps in Madrid, Spain. Besides Brookside Soccer Club and Kansas City area, Coach Rodríguez remains involved in soccer in the US, Europe and South America. Coach Rodríguez is an enthusiastic mentor/teacher that encourages athletes to focus on personal growth and development, as well as academic and athletic achievement. He prides himself on developing technical and fundamental skills as well as improving players’ tactical knowledge and understanding.
Coach Rodríguez has successfully coached and directed men’s, women’s, boy’s and girls’ soccer, goalkeeping and Futsal across the world. This has included all levels from the amateur, competitive through professional from the very young through High School, College, the US Development Academy and Missouri Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program. In 2004-2006 seasons he led a U19s men’s team in the Missouri State Cup, after becoming Division “A” Champions in Saint Louis. In 2017 he led the Shawnee Mission East High School Freshman Boys to win every game scoring 71 goals, allowing only 6.
His experience also includes training coaches for the California Youth Soccer Association-North (CYSA-N), for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and in the Saint Louis Metropolitan area.
Coach Rodríguez is National “A” Licensed in 3 countries – US Soccer Federation, Scottish Football Association (Scotland) and Spanish Royal Football Federation (Spain). He also holds a US National Youth Coaching License, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Certification, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA PRO), American College of Sports Medicine (A.C.S.M.) Fitness Trainer and is a US Soccer Federation Referee.
He has been selected for MasterCard’s Ambassador of Soccer honoring foreign-born Americans for their contribution, promotion and enhancement of American soccer (1994 Finalist), and invited to Real Madrid FC Academy training center symposiums (2012,2013) to study youth academy and player development programs.