Inspiring South Bay soccer coach Rob Mendez excited to be again on the sector after VIP summer time

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SARATOGA, Calif. (KGO) — Prospect Excessive Faculty Junior Varsity head soccer coach, Rob Mendez, has had a star-studded offseason.

It included journal cowl photograph shoots, VIP events and, after all, the ESPYs awards the place he accepted the 2019 Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

However now, he is again doing what he actually loves within the place the place he says he actually belongs: the soccer discipline.

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“That is my sanctuary,” Coach Mendez stated. “On daily basis at three o’clock I at all times consider soccer follow and it is good to be again in my very own ingredient.”

After his inspiring story went viral, the Gilroy native made his rounds in a Hollywood like summer time.

He made appearances on sport reveals on ESPN, traveled to many NFL coaching camp practices and met lots of his sports activities idols whereas on the ESPYs.

“This offseason was unforgettable,” Mendez stated. “I obtained to expertise the ESPYs which was just about and epic expertise. I might’ve simply appreciated going there and being a part of the group, not to mention accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. That was very humbling.”

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In his speech, Mendez as soon as once more gave phrases of encouragement to anybody who struggles in life along with his patented “Who Says I Cannot?” cheer.

He confirmed character and even a little bit nerves whereas talking to the theater stuffed with sports activities icons.

However nonetheless, his gamers say that there’s extra to their coach than what individuals noticed beneath the spot lights.

“Simply seeing that small clip, it is solely a small portion of what he does,” Sophomore workforce captain Jesse Mita stated. “He is somebody that cares about everyone on the workforce and even exterior of the workforce. He cares about everyone. He desires to be everyone’s good friend. He desires to be a reference and that particular person on the block that is at all times there for each other.”

“I obtained to indicate individuals all of the progress that we have been making as a program, how I’ve grown and what he is impressed me to be,” Sophomore workforce captain Jason Rodriguez stated. “He at all times tells us that we would like good individuals earlier than good soccer gamers and I am at all times attempting to be a greater particular person.Soccer follow is my favourite a part of the day. That is what I sit up for each week. Then on Friday with the video games, it’s extremely thrilling enjoying for him.”

By way of all the travels, one factor that bothered Mendez was the truth that he needed to miss just a few practices in the course of the summer time offseason work for the Prospect Panthers soccer workforce.

However, because of the work of his assistant coaches and gamers, the workforce did not miss a beat in his absence.

It is one thing he is extremely grateful for.

“I did miss just a few days once I was travelling to New York,” Mendez stated. “It was such an superior summer time talking, assembly individuals and visiting locations that I’ve by no means been to. However, I am very blessed and lucky to have these youngsters on the identical web page working collectively and trusting one another.”

Coach Mendez fell one win wanting a championship in his first season as a head coach a yr in the past.

Now that the thrilling enjoyable of the Hollywood summer time is over, the main focus is again on successful soccer video games and taking dwelling the league crown on the finish of the season.

“Now we have one thing nice going right here at Prospect,” Mendez stated. “All of us take pleasure in one another, take pleasure in what’s round one another and maintain one another accountable for lacking follow and issues like that. We’re rolling. We’re off to a very good begin with 2 wins and 0 losses. Now we have South San Francisco developing on Friday Sept. 13, so hopefully we’ll get one other win and do our factor on Friday.”

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