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Meet the Coaches

MARIO MRAKOVIC - Director

Coach Mario has been developing top speed soccer players for over 20 years in San Diego and Southern California. Coach Mario combines his love of soccer, his friendly and fun nature, his coaching prowess, and his deep experience to provide aspiring soccer and Futsal players with the best soccer skills training. 

Families drive from all over San Diego county to attend “Super Mario’s” San Diego Futsal and Surf Soccer clinics and camps, which are proven to build players’ skills,  creativity, decision making processes, and strength.

Coach Mario is the head coach for San Diego Surf Soccer Academy Boys U8, U7, U6, as well as Girls U8, U7. As well, Coach Mario is the Director of Surf Soccer's development programs for the youngest soccer players, including the Surf Soccer Jr. Academy Recreation League for boys and girls, ages 4 to 10.

ACCREDITATION

  • U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Youth National Coaching License
  • U.S. Futsal Federation State Instructor License
  • National Soccer Coaches
  • Association of America Cal South Coach Member
  • Coerver Soccer Coaching Youth Diploma

EXPERIENCE

  • San Diego Futsal Founder and Director
  • San Diego Futsal est. 1995 as a first Futsal organization in San Diego County
  • 11 years experience as a Surf Coach, over 20 years as a Youth Coach
  • Winning  record of 90%+ past 8 seasons with boys and girls soccer teams
  • 7 US National Futsal titles, and 6 time Finalist
  • Surf Soccer Club Select Academy BU8, BU7, BU6, GU8, and GU7 Head Coach.
  • Surf Jr. Academy Recreation League Director

EDUCATION

  • Sports Medicine (Zagreb Croatia) – Emphasis on Soccer in Physical Education
  • City College, Mesa College (San Diego, CA) – Physical Education

Luka Mrakovic - Instructor

  • Surf Soccer Academy player since age 6
  • San Diego Futsal Academy player since age 6
  • Mali Vatreni - Croatia player experience since age 8
  • Dinamo Z Youth Academy training
  • Cal South National Cup Champion
  • Varsity Westview H.S. player at the moment
  • SD Surf Soccer Club - NPL 2002 player at the moment
  • SDFA Skills Demonstrator since age 7
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with Recreation Soccer Programs
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with SDF clinics and camps
  • Champion Tae-Kwon-Do Black Belt Holder

Dino Mrakovic - Instructor

  • Surf Soccer Club player since age 6
  • San Diego Futsal Academy player since age 6
  • Mali Vatreni - Croatia player experience since age 8
  • SDFA Skills Demonstrator since age 7
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with Recreation Soccer Programs
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with SDF clinics and camps
  • Champion Tae-Kwon-Do Black Belt Holder

DJ Tatar - Instructor

  • U.S. National Soccer Coaching License 
  • Cal South Association Coach
  • USYF Cal South Futsal Coach
  • Coaching at Surf Soccer Club, 3 years
  • Coaching experience at USYF, 619 Futsal, SKA, Presidio, 4v4 and other events
  • Coaching speed, agility and strength
  • Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports Training Diploma
  • College Football, University of Wisconsin - Platteville Graduated Magna Cum Laude Honors, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • Major in Bachelor of Business Administration