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Get To Know PCA's New COO Pablo Garcia, Who Joins PCA from US Soccer Federation

01.25.2021


Positive Coaching Alliance is thrilled to welcome Pablo Garcia as PCA's new Chief Operating Officer. Pablo joins us from the United States Soccer Federation, the national governing body for soccer in the U.S., where he served as Director of Planning & Special Initiatives for the past 3+ years, leading large scale technology/infrastructure initiatives to track and analyze participation, and ultimately grow the sport of soccer nationwide. Pablo brings extensive experience in finance, business and operations management for sports organizations, including roles with the Los Angeles Clippers and Dodgers, as well as a boutique sports marketing firm, Premier Partnerships.

Pablo holds a degree in Engineering from Stanford and received his MBA from The Marshall School at the University of Southern California with a focus on finance and strategy. He is a Southern California native currently residing in Chicago with his wife, Lara, and their two children, Pearl and Theo.

In his capacity as COO, Pablo will oversee several mission-critical areas. As PCA focuses on the execution of our new 3-year strategic plan priorities to recapture growth in support of the mission, Pablo's experience in process design, operational & organizational efficiency, IT/technology roadmapping, dashboards/KPIs, combined with a love of finance and strategy, will add a much-needed dimension to PCA's internal team and operating environment. 

Get to know Pablo below!

What inspired you to want to join the PCA Team?

I’ve been following PCA since I was an AYSO soccer coach for my daughter many years ago.  I have always personally aligned with the ideas and ideals of PCA, so the fit seemed very natural.  Sports have always meant to much to me... to be able to give back to the games we play and along the way, create a better place for kids to flourish is a match made in heaven.  

Who was your most impactful youth or high school coach and why?

My Dad…. I was a good tennis player coming up in Southern California and my dad himself was a very good player in his youth.  That being said, his guidance was about far more than tennis…

Mijo… if you did your best (this was already a given)...and that kid can beat you… you walk up there, you look ‘em in the eye and you shake his hand…. He’s put in the work.

I’ve carried this one throughout my career… there is no substitute for effort… put in the work and you can accomplish anything.

What is the #1 lesson you’ve tried to instill in your two children as a sports parent?

See above….  It is all about effort… I am very very clear about this one… I don’t expect them to be the best or win every time (or ever, although it would be nice)... my expectation is that they give full effort when they play, when they practice, when they study and in everything they do.  

Favorite book?

Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe…. I recently went back to re-read it through much of the escalated brutality that has marred our last many months.  The peace he has with himself and the presence he exemplified on and off the court continues to resonate.

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