Coach Carlos Elizondo
Carlos Elizondo believes in the Art of Soccer. It was a chance meeting with an old friend that changed the course of Coach Elizondo’s life. While going to school in Denton, Texas, Elizondo ran into a friend and former teammate. He invited Elizondo to help him coach a couple of teams in the Dallas area. Coaching reignited his passion for the game and motivated Elizondo to help his friend return to their home town to start the first official soccer club in El Paso.
Elizondo started playing soccer when he was 8 years old. He helped to lead his club team to 3 straight South Texas State Championships (U16, U17 and U18) which included the major cities of El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and Houston. At U17 his team represented South Texas at the Region III Tournament in Tennessee and then again at U18 where the team finished 3rd at the Region III Tournament in North Carolina. Elizondo graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science with a major in education and has a Master of Science with a major in sport administration from Eastern New Mexico University. Elizondo has been a professional soccer coach for 18 years. During that time Elizondo has been a university head coach, university assistant coach, director of 3 clubs, has been a part of 3 state ODP programs and on Region IV ODP boys and girls staff. Elizondo holds the NSCAA’s Advanced Director of Coaching Certificate, NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF “B” License and the US Youth Soccer “Y” License. Elizondo has taught in a 4th grade classroom and biology and anatomy in high school. Elizondo also owns a photography studio on the town square of Jackson, Wyoming.
“I enjoy giving back and helping others achieve their goals. I don’t consider myself just a soccer coach but a life coach and I enjoy working with players, coaches and organizations”.
Coach George Hahui
George Hahui believes in the Art of Soccer. In June of 2008 George moved to Jackson, Wyoming. That fall he met the former Director of Jackson Hole Youth Soccer who recruited him to start coaching for the club. That was the moment George renewed his passion for the game and became inspired to help others achieve their goals.
George is originally from Romania where he graduated in Economics and Business Administration from Al. I Cruza University. As a licensed Economist, he specialized in Banks and Stock Exchanges. In 2007 George continued his educational pursuits with a Master’s in Human Resource Management. George is fluent in Romanian, English, Spanish and French. He currently holds the US Youth Soccer National Youth License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
George started to play soccer at the age of 8. At 13, George’s club team earned 3rd place at the Hope Cup, a prestigious national tournament in Romania. His father helped to nurture a passion for soccer and supported him in becoming a professional by the age of 15. George was captain of his college and helped to lead the team to 2 conference championships and 2 runner up finishes. George also played professional futsal for 4 years.
Coaching has taken coach Hahui and the teams he coaches across the region. From Denver to California, New Mexico to Oregon, George has helped to build teams that can play with the best. The past three summer coach Hahui has taken teams to participate at Far West Regionals.
“After receiving a long term injury, I wanted to develop into a world class coach. Through continuous hard work and practice, I have earned the ability to coach players at all levels of the game and to motivate them to achieve their absolute best”.
Coach Alin Suru
Alin Suru believes in the Art of Soccer. He is passionate about soccer and is one of the most graceful playmakers you will see on the field. His love of the game has inspired him to pass on his knowledge and expertise to those who crave to learn more and who are just as passionate about the game.
Alin looks back on his soccer career and can pin point a college professor (that was also his club coach) who truly believed in Alin’s abilities and encouraged him to play in college. As the captain of his college team in Romania, Alin helped to lead Alexandru Ioan Cuza University to 3 national finals and 1 national futsal championship.
Alin graduated in 2006 from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University with a degree in English and Geography and is fluent in English, Spanish and Romanian. He currently lives in Jackson, Wyoming and is one of the founders of CGA Academy. Alin has been a professional club coach for the past 6 years, an assistant director for SoccerLife Camps and has coached both boys and girls teams ages U8 – U19.
He holds a National Youth License with US Youth Soccer, the National Diploma and the Advanced National Diploma with NSCAA.
“Soccer has been a part of my life since I could walk and is now a way of living. There is nothing more accomplishing than to see a person succeed in life as a soccer player and as a person knowing that you played an important role in his journey”.