MORE THAN
A GAME
MAGIS is a Latin term that translates to: MORE. MAGIS is the constant pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life. At MAGIS, we understand that our job goes beyond the soccer field. Because of that, we focus on becoming "mentors" rather than "coaches".
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MAGIS TEAM ROLL CALL

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Hector Cantele

Founder & Coach

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Carlos Hurtado

Academy Director & Coach

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Christopher Gardea

Program Development & Coach

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Antonio Cantele

Videographer

Coach Hector is the founder of MAGIS. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old. He fell in love with the game the very first time he kicked a soccer ball.⁠⁠
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Back home, he had the opportunity to play professional soccer for Caracas FC. He was a part of their U-16, U-18, U-20, and 1st Division Team. In 2013, he was called up to the U-17 Venezuela National Team to represent Venezuela in the U-17 World Cup in the Arab Emirates.⁠⁠
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After having the option to continue playing professionally, Hector decided to come to the United States to get an education. He was able to get a full scholarship to the University of Memphis, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
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"I believe my mission in this world is to share the knowledge that I've gained through my soccer experiences with the younger generations and empower them to become better human beings."⁠⁠

Coach Carlos was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old.

 

Carlos played soccer year-round for his school growing up until he made his switch to an FC Barcelona-affiliated club at the age of 12. At 14, he moved to Florida to play for IMG Academy during high school, then committed 4 years to play for the University of Memphis. 

Carlos has been an integral part of MAGIS for 4 years.

 

"I first joined MAGIS to connect on a personal level with young players and pass on what I have learned inside and outside the field."

We're thrilled to have his love for the game and passion for training here at MAGIS.

Raised in Memphis, Coach Chris has played soccer since age 3. After attending the University of Memphis and California State University, he played for Albion SC in San Diego and Orange County Football Club.

"What I love most about soccer is meeting new people through the game. Each new connection is a blessing from teammates to coaches, and now clients that I am fortunate enough to train."⁠

After playing professionally, Coach Chris has been a private coach and trainer for 8 years. Now he's excited to bring his extensive experience and passion for the game to MAGIS! 

"What drew me to MAGIS was its culture and emphasis on engaging in the human side of things—being able to connect with the player on the athletic and emotional side of things. As a coach, those things are just as important as physical fitness!"⁠

Antonio is in charge of all video editing for MAGIS. He brings extensive expertise to our team with six major coding and tech-related certifications. 

Born and raised in Aragua, Venezuela, Antonio fell in love with soccer at a young age. What he loves about the game is the beauty of teamwork.

"Although each player can surprise you with good plays, it's all about cooperating with your team. What I like the most is that the best teams try synchronizing movements to win."

 

His love of soccer and desire to work within a tightly knit unit drew him to MAGIS. 

 

"I observed how this wonderful academy has grown and evolved into an amazing team, and I wanted to be a part of it!"

Without his hard work, we would not be able to provide highlight reels for students to study and send out to coaches! Antonio is an invaluable member of our MAGIS family. 

 

Hector and the entire MAGIS team take a thoughtful and caring approach to youth soccer player development. So often, the environment of competitive youth soccer clubs can be harsh, counterproductive to the purpose of team sports, and confusing to kids in the developmental stage of their life. In many cases, potentially great players quit the game because it's no longer fun. The work Hector does with kids to make them technically and mentally stronger on and off the field is awe-inspiring. We had the pleasure of being introduced to Hector just when Magis was beginning through friends. We immediately saw a change in our daughter's confidence on and off the field. Her technical ability and soccer IQ continued to show accelerated development, and her love of the game returned. Not until a couple of years into the relationship did I learn of all the creative tactics Hector used to connect with our daughter, give her self-confidence, and related life lessons through the soccer training. We can't thank him enough for his friendship with our daughter and our family and for his support in helping her achieve her goal of playing division one soccer in college. MAGIS understands, has a proven development model, and comes with the highest recommendations from our family.

Stephen T.

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