Soccer Academy Director Named State Coach of Month

BSX Academy Director and East High Boys Soccer Coach Named Nebraska Soccer Coach of the Month

carlos3Carlos Saenz, Director of the BSX Soccer Academy and coach of the Sioux City East High varsity boys soccer team, was recently voted the Nebraska Soccer Coach of the Month by the Nebraska State Soccer Association.

Praising Saenz as “one of our state’s best and brightest upcoming coaches”, the Association went on to say “he is an excellent coach who sees the intricacies of the game, but understands the big picture of youth soccer.”

This past year has been a banner year for the 27-year-old Saenz, who is a full-time Wellness Coach and the Group Fitness Coordinator at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA. In addition to being named the new varsity boys soccer coach for Sioux City East High this winter, Saenz was appointed to the coaching staff of Nebraska’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) in October.

An international soccer veteran originally from Lima, Peru, Saenz was named Mount Marty College Team MVP in 2011 and still holds the Mount Marty Lancers record for assists in one season. In 2012, he became assistant head soccer coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Mount Marty. As a teen, Saenz played Peruvian semi-pro soccer, competing in Spain, Mexico, Chile and the US, among other places.

ne-soccer-fbNot one to rest on his laurels, in December Saenz earned his C Coaching certification from the United States Soccer Association.

“I’m flattered and honored being named the Nebraska Coach of the Month,” said Saenz. “I hope to keep growing as a coach so I can be the best I can be and help players develop into the best they can be.”

Saenz will be putting some of his coaching skills to the test this summer, when he leads the U-15 Siouxland Diablos to the world’s largest youth soccer tournament – the Gothia Cup – in Sweden. The team is currently raising money to pay for the July trip to be the first team ever to represent the tri-state Siouxland region in the prestigious tournament.