Former Marine Corps drill instructor Rick Flores, Fresno native, on mentoring coaches in New Mexico

by Dan Woog, Soccer America

Rick Flores spent 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. He worked with infantry units, as a game warden and on leadership projects. He was also a drill instructor.

As a Marine, the Fresno, California, native also found time to play and coach soccer. Among others, his teams faced their counterparts from the Army, Navy and Air Force. Flores got the coaching bug in matches like those.

Flores is an active participant in United Soccer Coaches’ Latino Coaches’ Advocacy Group. As with his full-time job, his mantra is the importance of coaching education.

“We can get stuck in our ways. We don’t necessarily want someone to show us a different way of doing something,” he says of his colleagues. “But there are a lot of good ideas out there. We’re sharing the best ways of doing things.”

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