Fremont soccer Coach Roberto Gonzalez has made a quiet but profound difference on and off the field – Los Angeles Times

Roberto Gonzalez came from Mexico to Los Angeles when he was 17. He knew soccer but didn’t know English. He stayed to become a math teacher and soccer coach at Fremont High, where more than 90% of the student body is Latino.

In quiet but profound ways for the last 16 years, he’s been making a difference on and off the field.

He turns his head during practice and players don’t stop for one second what they are doing, stretching, then running laps, then kicking balls. It’s like they’re on autopilot and no one needs to tell them what to do. There’s a discipline, a team chemistry and a wonderful leadership component that can be seen by any stranger passing by.

“My role is to get them educated as much as I can,” Gonzalez said. “I want to provide them with the best service possible.”

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