Since February of 2024, I have had the privilege of working with USL championship side, Las Vegas Lights FC. It has been a super enriching experience working with some quality people and a new owner, setting the tone for higher standards. It is amazing how most encounters in life end up having an impact on us and what we do.

Back in October of 2023, I visited Austin FC, their High-Performance department and second team staff, as you may have read in one of my previous blogs. It turns out that four months later, I received a call from former Austin Two assistant coach Dennis Sanchez, now the new Head Coach of the Lights. Him and I met and interacted for five days, and he ended up calling me to support him in his new endeavor in Las Vegas. As my father always said, it is important to be able to return to a place and be welcomed with open arms. This is a sign that we left a positive image and impact on that environment the first time we came through. Again, I continue to stress the importance of people and the connections we make with our fellow human beings. These are connections and impressions that leave a trace behind and that need nurturing, so let’s keep investing our time in people, not things!

So, back in February, Dennis asked me to support him on his new journey and spear head the high-performance department as an advisor. After a couple weeks of remote support and planning, we landed in Tucson, AZ for two weeks of pre-season. I must say, it felt good to get my boots on the ground and have a blank slate to implement a system of operations, new tech, and most importantly the highest professional standards to serve our pool of professional athletes. Since then, it has been amazing to see the growth of the club in just three months under new ownership. Though there is still a long way to go and many aspects to improve on, the club is heading in the right direction.