Joaquin “Kino” Valdez

Technical Director


  • USSF “B” License
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Member

Coaching Experience

  • San Marcos Revolution – 2018-present
  • SD Force FC – 2016-2018
  • Arsenal FC San Diego – 2014-2016
  • Carlsbad Lightning – 2008-2014
  • Encinitas Express – 2005-2008
  • NC United – 2003-2005
  • San Marcos High School – Boys Varsity Assitant Coach – 1995-1996
  • San Marcos High School – Girls JV Coach – 2016-2017
  • Pacific Ridge High School – Boys JV Coach – 2013-2015
  • La Costa Canyon High School – Boys JV Coach – 2002-2003
  • El Camino High School – Boys Varsity Assistant Coach – 1996-1999
  • Palomar Community College – Men’s Assistant Coach – 1995-1996 & 2001-2003
  • Kinosoccer head trainer for individual training, camps, and futsal

Playing Experience

  • Orange County Zodiac (USL 1st division)
  • Orange County Waves (USL 1st division)
  • Team Sacramento (USL 1st division)
  • Utah Blitzz (USL 3rd division)
  • San Diego Gauchos (USL 3rd division)
  • La Colima Jaguares in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • ASD Acquaviva in Italy
  • Adidas Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida
  • San Marcos High School Boys Varsity
  • Youth club soccer with FC Heat, SDSC and San Diego Surf

Kino is excited to join San Marcos Revolution and SMYS to continue fostering its culture and growing its competitive program.  He is looking forward to returning home to where his own soccer career began, bringing with him a wealth of experience as both a player and an instructor.  His style is a combination of fun and competitive-based training, which he feels provides guidance combined with skills development.  He focuses on using the game as a way to incorporate important life lessons to help the kids develop as individuals.  Additionally, Kino believes in forming strong relationships within each soccer community, which has given him the opportunity to imprint his brand of soccer on all his teams.

What do you love most about coaching soccer?

Seeing your team bring all aspects of their practices into their game play like confidence, technique, intelligence, athleticism, and still keeping the game fun.

Who was your favorite soccer player growing up?

That’s a hard one… There were so many pros that I looked up to and wanted to be like, but I’ll be honest, I had a young coach that was incredible and all we did in training was try to outplay him. He had so much fun, yet always was determined to win his way.  It was infectious and played a big role in my development as a person.


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What do you look for in a soccer player?

Determination, personality, game intelligence


What is your philosophy on player development?

I think if you can instill a love for the game by making it competitive and fun in training, you’ll have players that will want to continue to learn and develop.


What is your favorite memory in soccer?

Stealing the ball from Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama in an exhibition match.

What is it about San Marcos Revolution that makes you want to coach here?

I’m from San Marcos; however, I have never coached club soccer here. I felt like the timing was right with how San Marcos Revolution envisions itself for the future and with my experience and qualities we’ll get there and enhance our soccer community here in San Marcos.