Master's Degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a Concentration in Soccer / USSF D License (Current USSF C Candidate) / Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – SDSU 2001
Coach Humberto “Beto” Rico is a San Diego native who grew up attending school and playing soccer in the South Bay. Beto played soccer for his school teams and played competitive youth soccer with the South Bay Scorpions. Some of Beto’s favorite youth soccer memories are winning the San Diego County Cup Championship in 1985, playing multiple games at the San Diego Sports Arena and at Jack Murphy Stadium (now the SDCCU Stadium), and playing Varsity soccer at Southwest High School. Although, Beto’s goal of becoming a professional soccer player was cut short due to a “career-ending” knee injury (current Sport Science research has advanced rehabilitation practices not available in the 80’s), Beto currently continues to play well into his 40’s when time and his family permits.
USSF A License / National Youth License
Hector played soccer in San Diego's Presidio Soccer League at the Premier level as a youth player. During high school he played soccer at Bonita Vista High School. In his senior year, he made the Union Tribune's All-Academic soccer team.
Hector received his first coaching license at the age of 15 years old and coached two teams to State Championships before he left to commence Air Force Basic Military Training in 2006. After one year away, he returned to coaching and won the Cal-South National Cup Championship. In 2011, Hector moved on to become tthe director of coaching of a local club with Chula Vista FC at only 25 years of age. In 2013, Hector led the BU19 National Cup team to a State Championship, and traveled to Hawaii for Regionals. The team finished as semi-finalist in Regionals, losing to the eventual Champions. In 2014, Hector led another team to the final of the BU19 Cal-South National Cup Championship. That same year Hector assembled a U23 team that won the Regional Championship in Utah, and qualified the team to the most prestigious and longest running competition in US Soccer; The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. For the second year in a row, Chula Vista FC is the Region IV Open Division Champions. Chula Vista FC became the Cinderella story of the tournament, playing in their first Cup and advancing to the 3rd round of the tournament.
Tecnico Deportivo Superior Nivel 3 / UEFA PRO
Rubén is a Level 3 Coach - Senior Sports Technician in Soccer by the R.F.E.F. (Royal Spanish Football Federation) and the National Association of Soccer Coaches of Spain. In addition to being a coach and promoter of methodology in high-performance centers, he is a professor at CENAFE (National Center for Coaches of Spain) in the subjects of Tactics, Technique, Team Management, Physical Preparation or Methodology, among others. He has offered papers in the Master of Sports Management of this Center.
In his first years of career, he was Sporting Director for three seasons and coach of the AD Alcorcón (LFP Club) for other three. Commentator of LFP and UEFA Champions League matches for the media and football columnist for the press written in South America. He has also worked for the Adidas International brand in sessions with teams from several countries.