Christian Isquierdo

Christian Isquierdo, M.A., YFS, YSAS,
Founder & Director
LeftFoot Coaching Academy.

Christian's passion is not just for the best a player can be, but the great player within every student. As a student of the game and a passionate ambassador, Christian takes every player through a personalized session and tries to integrate life lessons, movement, the unknown splendor of the universe and the amazing qualities of the ball with what it means to be a great player.

With a number of accomplishments on and off the field Christian's favorite accomplishment is watching his students excel on and off the field. Having played until a significant injury forced "early" retirement from the game Christian went on to study the martial arts for several years and returned to soccer a drastically different player from his studies of Zen Buddhism, Movement Psychology and Kojosho Karate. Upon returning to the youth soccer game after several years studying complex systems theory, environmental leadership and group process with several national leaders in the field, Christian began forming his own theories of the game of soccer and practicing them by developing young players.

Sixteen years later, LeftFoot Coaching Academy is a "systems" intervention in the process of youth development and way for Christian to give back to the game everything he has learned.


Coaching Education

IYCA, Youth Fitness Specialist, 2010
IYCA, Youth Speed & Agility Specialist, 2010
Master Class Series, Player Psychology & the Modern Coach 2008
USSF National “B” 2008
USSF National “C” 2007
USSF National “Y” 2005
USSF National “Y” Instructor Certified 2005
USSF National “D” 2005
NSCAA National Diploma 2004

Master of Arts, Naropa University
Bachelor of Arts, New Mexico State University

Executive Experience
Principal Planning Analyst, Hennepin County
Vice President Business Development, CHC Data, Inc.
Executive Director, Boulder Independent Business Alliance
Principal Consultant, Matrix Leadership Institute
Secondary Education Instructor, Capital High School

Director of Coaching Experience
Associate Director of Coaching, Plymouth Soccer Association[/one_half]

Professional Skills Trainer Experience; 2005 to 2010
Coerver Coaching, Bangu Tsunami Football Club Youth Academy;  Plymouth Soccer Association, Edina Soccer Club, MYSA Olympic Development Program

Team Coaching Experience

2010-2011 Eden Prairie High School, Girls Varsity, Assistant Coach
2008-2010 Minnesota Thunder Academy, 98 East Girls, Head Coach
2007-2008 Bangu Tsunami Football Club, 96 South Girls Head Coach
2005-2008 Benilde-St. Margaret’s; Boys Varsity, Assistant Coach
2004-2007 Plymouth Soccer Association; U12-U13 Girls
1999-2003 Naropa University Football Club
1997-1999 Capital High School, Boys & Girls Varsity, Assistant Coach
1992-1994 University of Michigan, Division I Club Soccer, Grad. Assistant


Class AA Girls Varsity HS State Champions 2010 #1 Nationally Ranked team
MYSA Summer State Champions 2010
Grand Prize Winner of Coca-Cola Live Positively Campaign 2010
Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year 2007
Class A Boys Varsity HS State Champions 2006
MYSA OATHS Sportsmanship Award 2008
USA CUP Week Champions 2009
All American Girls Champions 2009
USA CUP Week Runner-up 2006 & 2008
MYSA Fall State Champions 2005 & 2009
MYSA Summer State Tournament participant 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
3rd Kyu Brown Belt Kojosho Karate