SAN ANTONIO ATHLETIC FC was formed by former professional soccer players with the intent to create a unique and specialized soccer experience focusing on a true player-centered environment in order to properly develop, offer the best professional training coming from former pro’s, to build life skills and to provide opportunities both on and off the field for all of our players. We are committed to developing players with good moral compass, the practice of core values, to instill good character, respect, discipline, accountability, leadership and dedication to education.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to share a love for soccer by demonstrating excellence and to provide the best experience for each of our families and players as we promote education, awareness to health and well-being, professional training, athletic progression and leadership growth for every child so they may maximize their greatest potential on and off the field.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”  

Henry Ford Quote

We strive to create an experience where all of our kids can learn from former professional soccer players who have played on the highest levels of competition all over world. Our coaches each share their unique soccer experiences while also promoting the ideas of ongoing development, continuous learning and the importance of education for all of our youth. Our goal is to develop, measure and ensure long-term success for every player both on and off the field. More importantly, the knowledge and continuous practice of core values is crucial for every player to develop so they may benefit and maximize their character development for their future. The core values that we focus on developing for all SA Athletic FC members and players include: Respect, Integrity, Leadership, Discipline, Sportsmanship, Accountability and Fellowship.

MEET OUR TEAM

  • Lubo Kocic
    Lubo Kocic Director of Coaching

    As a former professional soccer player and former member of US Men’s Futsal National Team, Lubo Kocic is dedicated to the proper development and instilling confidence and motivation to all of his players. He formerly played in Spain, where he was coached by Zinedine Zidane (former Best FIFA Men’s Coach Ballon d’Or winner, 1998 World Cup winner and only coach in history to win 3 consecutive UEFA Champions Leagues titles).  During his career, he also formerly played with teams such as Club Atlético River Plate PR, Rochester Lancers, and the San Antonio Scorpions.  His goal is to guide all aspiring players and give them all the tools and opportunities to be successful on and off the field.  He is committed to his ongoing coaching education as well as sharing his unique former playing experiences with each of our players so that he may offer the best environment, elite training sessions, and unique development methodology.

  • Julio Ceja
    Julio Ceja Coach

    As an aspiring youth player, Julio Ceja spent over 7 years playing in the Cruz Azul professional youth academy in Mexico. In 2006, he finally played in his professional debut in the Mexican First Division (LIGA MX) with the Cruz Azul First Team. During this stage of his career, he was also selected as part of the U17, U20 and U21 Mexico National Teams proudly representing his country in more than 60 appearances including the U17 World Cup in Finland 2003. In 2007, he arrived at Club León FC and played there for over 5 years until 2014, where he played for Club Estudiantes Tecos for one year in Guadalajara, Mexico. His final year as a professional soccer player concluded in playing for Lobos BUAP. He is dedicated to the mentoring, development and formation of every player and is passionate about “opening the doors” to every child and every youth player that wishes to learn to play soccer for their first time and from the most basic levels to the most advanced levels of the sport.” He is focused on sharing his unique experiences as a world-class professional, knowing that in every child – “the most important things are to learn, to have fun, to be motivated, to belong, and to be part of a great family.”

    PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

    From the grassroots levels to the more advanced and specialized team tactics, technique and challenges, the SA Athletic FC Player Pathway guides and follows you through long-term developmental soccer program.   The SA Athletic Player Pathway aims to motivate, educate and develop the technical, tactical, mental, and athletic progression while exhibiting our fundamental club core values and the pursuit of personal goals.  We strive to guide our players in achieving their goals of high school, college and professional soccer, whereas the ultimate goal of providing the values, tools, life skills and maximizing the potential of every SA Athletic FC player so they may be successful both on and off the field.

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