Club Atletico Saint Louis is pleased to announce a six week training program for current College (U23) and High School (U18) players wanting to keep their soccer fitness up during the off-season. Head Coach, Ricardo Garza, will lead the training sessions each week focusing on functional training.
What to expect?
Two training sessions per week.
Exhibition scrimmages to be determined later.
Ricardo Garza's Bio
Coach Garza has an abundance of experience as a college coach (13 seasons).
Ricardo helped launch Jefferson College men’s soccer program in 2005, assisting the team to four consecutive Region XVI Championships, three consecutive District Championships, and three consecutive National Championship appearances. In 2006, Ricardo helped lead the Jefferson College Vikings to a national title. During his fourth season, Garza took over the program as head coach and continued the legacy he helped build.
In his first season as head coach in 2009, Ricardo led the team to a 15-3 overall record, going undefeated in MCCAC Conference and Region XVI competition. Ricardo also led the team to a #1 ranking 2009 and was named Region XVI Coach of the Year.
Ricardo’ lead his Nationally Ranked teams to win multiple Conference and Regional Championships and one District Championship. Ricardo has guided his teams to 5 National Tournament Appearances. Ricardo was awarded Regional Coach of the Year six times in his career.
Region XVI Record: 58-14-2 MCCAC Record: 37-7 Coaching Career Record: 105-48-4
Ricardo took pride in having one of the most competitive out of region/conference schedules in the country throughout his career. His teams gained a lot of experience by playing nationally ranked teams every season. He believes traveling all over the country to give his players a true developmental experience is worth the hard work. The rewards of having a competitive schedule are shown below with his players continuing their young soccer careers at the following colleges and universities.
Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division NAIA
Clemson University Newman University Westminster College Culver Stockton College
Lipscomb University Lynn University Illinois College Tennessee Wesleyan College
Saint Peters College Tusculum College Lindenwood University
University of Albany Maryville University Central Methodist University
University of South Florida Wingate University Columbia College
North Carolina State University University of West Florida Southern Poly University
Western Kentucky University Mars Hills College Lindsey Wilson College
Fairleigh Dickinson University University of Indianapolis St. Thomas University
East Tennessee State University Chaminade University Hawaii Concordia University
San Francisco University Lindenwood University Missouri Baptist University
Georgia Southern University McKendree University Point University
Northern Illinois University Young Harris College Grand View University
Saint Louis University
Seton Hall University
Eastern Illinois University
Oregon State University
Ricardo is committed to developing his players for the next level and his coaching philosophy is very disciplined. He has always kept in touch with his alumni and his priority is to help his players move on to NCAA or NAIA to finish their education and playing career.
Ricardo also co-founded an international soccer academy in South America called Club Atletico Juniors and Club Atletico CRSA in Africa. Ricardo has been offering free soccer training with his NPSL team, Club Atletico Saint Louis, in the city of St. Louis for years. His mission is to launch the first free youth soccer club in St. Louis and offer an equal opportunity to all youth.
Ricardo played in Region XVI for STLCC-Forest Park under Pat McBride before transferring to East Central College and leading them to their first Region XVI Championship Championship as a forward. Ricardo grew up in South St. Louis and attended Epiphany of our Lord and Bishop DuBourg High School. Ricardo is supported by his family of five with wife, Allison, son Nico and daughters Layla and Giavanna. Ricardo is very involved in the community, serving as a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the Hispanic Leaders Group, Hispanic Festival Inc., LatinX Events and works as a video marketer for The Hill Business Association.