Soccer is the most played sport in the world with over 4 billion followers, and Mauricio Flores had the great fortune of being born, raised, and educated in a country where soccer is deeply ingrained in the culture. Originally from Mexico, Mauricio has accomplished much in the sport he loves, including playing professionally for 11 years. That experience has given him first-hand insight into, as well as a profound respect for, the beautiful game.
After his professional career came to an end, coaching came naturally for Mauricio. He now holds a USSF National A licence and has spent the last 16 years of his life learning, breathing, and living soccer in some of the most renowned soccer clubs across the globe. This has given him a unique perspective, and has been a driving force in his continual development as a mentor and a coach.
As Mauricio says, “Soccer is my life and passion! My goal is to pass along all my years of acquired knowledge to help guide young players who have aspirations to pursue a future career in soccer, as well as to provide a safe place for players to nurture their love of the game. I hope with all my heart that we can create a great soccer culture for all the new generations to come - uniting people through the beautiful game of soccer.”
Before taking on her role leading the Recreation and Development groups, Kristin spent more than a decade as the Director, Facility and Programming for Wave Sports where she oversaw all programming in a variety of sports including a successful soccer house league, facility maintenance, marketing, sales, and the management of a large team.
Kristin has been in the sports and recreation industry for many years, working at a high level across multiple sports from recreational to junior levels, including lacrosse, hockey, and baseball - with her decade at Wave focused primarily on the growth of house league and development soccer programming and camps.
“I’ve never been overly athletic – horse back riding and swimming were my sports of choice – but I absolutely love executing a successful program and watching children find joy in sports.” says Kristin of her passion for running youth programs.
When she is not busy with the Blue Devils, Kristin is a mom to an energetic young daughter who has played sports her entire life. Kristin has also always been very active in volunteer capacities with organizations such as Crisis Services Canada, the Special Olympics, the Grandview Children’s Centre, Toys For Tots Christmas Toy Drive, Epic Bike Tours as a Pit Stop Coordinator and multiple volunteer roles for lacrosse and hockey.