Coach Javier has been working with children for the last ten years, both in and outside of the classroom as a sports educator and behavioral therapist.
He grew up in Boyle Heights – a predominantly Latino community – and graduated from Cal State LA with a BA in Mexican American History.
Coach Javier has always been passionate about sports – playing soccer and baseball throughout his childhood and into his teenage years, which sparked an ambition to pass on his passion and inspire future generations.
Over the last decade, Javier has worked for numerous educators and organizations including LAUSD and Glendale Unified – coaching sports to elementary students, mentoring and tutoring middle-school kids and implementing programs for children with special needs.
Coach Javier says, “My goal is to be a positive influence on youth because they are our future.
“We underestimate the roles and impact we have on children with a simple interaction over time and I look forward to being a positive role model for our Mini Bouncers.”
A keen baseball and weight-lifting enthusiast, Coach Javier spends his spare time on the field or at the gym and when he’s not working out, he loves spending time with his family.
What’s your favorite sport? My favorite sport is baseball and weight training. I’ve played baseball since I was a kid and I still currently play. I also still currently lift weights as my favorite hobby.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? If I could have any superpower, I would choose the ability to fly because you could be in so many places within minutes and not have to worry about traffic haha.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? The best advice I’ve been given is to count your blessings. Even when you fail or feel like you’re stuck in a bad situation it is always good to remember our accomplishments and how far we’ve come from where we began. It’s not how you fall that matters, what matters is how you get up.
Which 3 items would you bring to a desert island? The three items I would bring wit me to a deserted island would be water, a flint fire starter, and a book.
What’s your best place you’ve ever visited and why? The best place I’ve visited is Yosemite National forest. The waterfalls and hiking trails are amazing.
What would you do if you won a million dollars? If I won a million dollars I would give half of it to my mother and family and I would use the rest of it towards buying a home.
Who’s your idol/biggest inspiration? biggest idol and inspiration definitely Kobe Bryant. Aside from him amazing gifted talent on the court his mamba mentality showed the entire world how to be the best version of yourself in every aspect of your life whether it be playing sports or at your job.
What are your favorite pizza toppings? My favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni and Italian sausage. Ps pineapple doesn’t go on pizza.
What was your favorite book/tv show/movie as a kid? My favorite book as a kid was a book called “Under the same moon”. My favorite movie of all time is The Sandlot and my favorite show was Dexters laboratory.
Are you a Morning bird or night owl? I am definitely a night owl. I dislike waking up early and i tend to sleep late.