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My Story - Coach Cruz


REAL NAME: KEION JOSEPH
NICKNAME: CRUZ
DOB: 04/22/1990
PLACE OF BIRTH: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
 
COLLEGE TEAMS AS A PLAYER:
KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (2010-2012)
AURORA UNIVERSITY (2013-2014)
 
PRO TEAMS AS A PLAYER:
NORTHEAST STARS (TT PRO LEAGUE)
MAUPAU SPORTS CLUB (TT PRO LEAGUE)
 
AS A COACH:
KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (ASSISTANT COACH)
SOUTHLAND FC STRIKERS (DOC & HEAD COACH)                                                                                                                                                                         

 The love all started back in Trinidad, where I was born and raised for 19 years. I have played in all the top flight leagues Caribbean football has to offer. I made my professional debut with Mapau SC of Trinidad at the age of 17. Later on, I opted out of the professional scene to pursue a college career in the USA, becoming a standout player at KCC and Aurora University.

After my time as a player, I found a love for developing young players with local travel soccer club Southland Strikers. Two years later, I was appointed as a club director and an assistant coaching position at Kankakee Community College.

During this time, I began pursuing individualized training and redefining passion for teaching the game. In 2016, I officially launched Cruz Coaching and started working with hundreds of players, from amateurs to professionals. 

Today, I continue to grow my coaching style and looking forward to the future everyday through hard work and prosperity