Monday, October 15, 2012
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Menjivar played professionally for Adler FC from 1966 to 1970, and was part of the 1969 U23 National Team. In May of 1970, Menjivar immigrated to the United States with his parents. He arrived in San Francisco and played for the Greek Americans of the San Francisco (semi-professional) Major League. After studying English full-time for almost a year, he graduated and returned to El Salvador, resuming his professional playing career with Adler FC for two more years.
In addition to having a career in soccer Menjivar has also worked in the banking world. In 1969, Menjivar obtained an Accounting degree and worked briefly for First National City Bank (Citibank) in San Salvador. In 1974, after completing his professional soccer career in El Salvador, Menjivar returned to Citibank’s financing import-export division in San Francisco, California. Unable to accept a transfer to Citibank New York, his banking career ended after twenty years of service.
In 1996, Menjivar graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor in Psychology and Hispanic Literature.
Although Menjivar coached his children, his coaching career actually began in 1980 in the San Francisco Major Division. There he led the El Salvador Athletic Club to the its first ever championship. Enjoying success, he started the process of acquiring his U.S.S.F. National coaching licenses. He was awarded his "A" license in 1987, and has continued coaching education in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Scotland, England, France, etc.
Menjivar has coached youth teams, including ODP state and regional teams. In 1998, Bobby Howe hired him as one of the fourteen National Staff Coaches for U.S.S.F. Menjivar spent six years traveling across the country, scouting players for the youth National Teams and conducting coaching education courses in English and Spanish.
Throughout his professional career, Menjivar has demonstrated the ability to coach and educate regardless of age, ability level, experience and physical challenge.
Menjivar held the position of Director of Player Development in South Texas Youth Soccer Association and returned to California in 2010. He also served eight years on the Board of Directors of NSCAA and was the President of the Latin American Soccer Coaches Association (LASCA).
In his spare time Carlos spends time with his family, Rosa Maria, his wife of 40 years, and children, Rosemarie, Karen and Carlos Jr. His grandchildren, Niles and Jordan, are his newest students on the field.
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