How it started…
Manuel founded A To Z Soccer Academy in 2005. His desire to share his soccer knowledge comes from his passion for the game, cultivated on the streets and parks of his native Columbia, along with his deep enjoyment of teaching kids, including his own 4 boys, Jeremy, Joseph, Joshua,and Zachary.
Instead of strict classroom style instruction, Manuel prefers a more fluid, Montessori-style approach, where students learn by doing – with the encouragement and direction of the staff – so that kids understand the game of soccer as an individual, honing soccer fundamentals through their own problem solving, creativity and teamwork skills.
Manuel is a certified “e licensed” coach and has experience coaching at both the pre-school and elementary school level, such as Kids Point Pre-School,Palisades JCC, Ervin Middle School , Coeur D’alen Elementary School. As well, Manuel has coached both boys and girls of the Brazil Stars Club Team.
Currently Vendor for Inspire homeschool programs,and Realm Creative Academy in Santa Monica.
Manuel is fluent in both English and Spanish.