Teams: Girls 2008 Red & Girls 2009 Red
Hometown: Born in Sao Paulo, Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Profession: TetraBrazil, Regional Director for Washington State

Licenses and Credentials:

  • NSCAA Level 2 Diploma
  • USSF E License
  • TetraBrazil Coaching Diploma

Coaching Career Highlights:

  • Coach of the Year Nominee, Nisqually Athletics 1A League in 2016 (Charles Wright Academy Tarriers Varsity Girls)

Playing Experience:

  • Scholarship player at Lindenwood University
  • Colegio Gaudium et Spes
  • Liga de Futebol 7 Society - RJ.

What's your favorite thing about coaching?
First, I love soccer. So being able to work with something I love is of great value in my life. Then comes the sentiment I have, after every
single session, of knowing I am making a positive impact on someone else's life and the joy the players show when we are practicing or playing together.

What's your most memorable moment as a coach?
There are several and they are all special in a different way. But there is this one case when I was coaching a team in Red Lodge, MT,
that, after my contract was over and I had to return to Seattle, the entire soccer community gathered together and threw a farewell Brazilian barbecue in my tribute to acknowledge all I have done for their community.

What's the best advice you ever got from a coach?
Practice like you would play and play like you don't need practice!

What teams do you support?
The glorious Botafogo F.R. and Sounders F.C.

Do you have any hidden non-soccer talents or abilities?
I practiced Tae-Kwon-Do when younger and I like to draw cartoons. I also think I can do an above mediocre impression of Michael Jackson's dance moves!

What is your coaching philosophy?
I value the foundations of soccer and I give extra attention to basic techniques (the "how / why / when to apply it" question). However, as a true Brazilian, I believe on the REAL beautiful game, always encouraging the players to use their creativity, through feints, tricks, and ginga to get through a situation when on the pitch.