GRLA Strength & Conditioning
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
Post-16 Postgraduate Certificate in Education
PG Cert Strength and Conditioning (working towards MSc)
Advanced Personal Trainer Diploma
Rugby Football League Level 2
Athletics Level 1
BAFCA (American Football UK) Level 1
USA American Football Level 1 & 2
Football Association Level 1
Juan has always been involved in sport in all capacities. He excelled in American Football in which he played high school football for both Brownsville Riviera and Amarillo Palo Duro, as well as playing in the US Army. In his youth he also took part in the US National Junior Olympics in athletics. Alongside all this, Juan has played or coached soccer, baseball, basketball, athletics (track and field), rugby league and rugby union. Indeed, Juan currently holds 4 different coaching qualifications, gaining extensive coaching experience with the New York Red Bulls (soccer) and the London Broncos scholarship scheme (rugby league).
Juan started rugby league at Leeds Metropolitan University while studying for a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching. At Leeds Met, he assisted with the second team under RFL coach, Paul Fletcher, as well as playing for them. His athletic skill set was well suited to rugby league and instantly fell in love with the game.
He has since completed his RFL Level 2 Coaching award and RFL Match Official award. He is currently waiting to undertake his Level 3 Coaching award.
Juan has recently completed the first year of his MSc Strength and Conditioning. He began working in the fitness industry in 2007 as a personal trainer and, in 2012, worked with the London Broncos scholars on their Strength and Conditioning/Coaching programme.
Juan continues his passion for rugby league at many different levels and is actively involved with the Latin Heat RL, having been the player/Head Coach for Latin Heat (North America) during this year’s USARL international 9’s invitational tournament. He is also assisting with the development of the Mexican Nation RL team. In November 2016, Juan was the official referee for a tri nation tournament between the RL national teams of Argentina, Brazil and Chile – the first international rugby league series on South American soil.
Juan also works as a Sports Lecturer at Calderdale College and was previously an Associate Lecturer for University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University delivering on Foundation degree programs.