Fulfilling a Passion
Rosales helps his players achieve higher levels through his own knowledge and experience.
“I got into this profession not to win or lose games, but to be given the chance to make a positive impact in a player’s life,” said Rosales.
William Rosales was born in El Salvado where he and his family lived for a majority of his childhood. Rosales grew up only loving two things, his family and soccer.
Growing up as an athletic kid, Rosales was never seen without a soccer ball at his feet. Growing up, Rosales played on a local soccer team and his coach saw potential in him at a young age. Rosales and his coach would stay after every practice to improve his talent. Rosales respected him for all the effort he put in and hoped one day he could positively impact someone the way his coach had done for him.
His athletic abilities and extra training led him to play professional soccer. Rosales played 12 years as a professional soccer player in El Salvador’s first league. Here, he was able to compete and win three national championships.
As Rosales’ success gained as a professional soccer player, he was given an opportunity to play for his national team. He was a member of the El Salvador National team for seven years. During which, he competed in nine World Cup qualification matches and 24 international games.
“After I retired from playing internationally, I knew I had to stay involved with the game,” said Rosales. “It was then I knew I wanted to coach.”
Playing for his national team was the only thing that kept him in El Salvador. When he retired from playing internationality, it was around that time he met his wife. Rosales knew he wanted to give his family a better life, and they decided to immigrate to Canada. Rosales and his newly wedded wife settled in Winnipeg, MB.
Rosales has a long playing resume, and it continued in Canada. He played professionally for the local team, the Winnipeg Fury. He also competed and won the Senior Cup in Manitoba twice.
“By this time, I knew my professional playing days were coming to an end,” said Rosales.
He started coaching his son who played soccer at the neighbourhood community centre. He continued to coach his son as he aged. Rosales became the Manitoba Provincial team head coach of the U14 and U20 boys. He was highly recognized in the province, which helped him become a member of the Manitoba Regional Training Centre (RTC) coaching staff. After receiving his national B license coaching certificate, Rosales had moved from the Regional Training Centre to the National Training Centre (NTC) coaching staff.
Now, Rosales is the assistant coach of the WSA Winnipeg PDL semi-pro soccer team.
“I have a lot of respect for this sport,” said Rosales. “It might just be a game to some people, but I believe it can give many opportunities to the players who are willing to work for it.”
Rosales knew he had an ability to connect with his players because he had already gone through the ups and downs his players were experiencing.
“I got into this profession not to win or lose games, but to be given the chance to make a positive impact in a player’s life.”
Not wanting to fail himself of his team, Rosales strives to be more than just a coach. By building his player’s confidence, he hopes to help them prepare for life off of the field.
“I knew of his coaching repertoire and was very impressed,” said Winnipeg PDL soccer head coach Eduardo Badescu. “But it was his ability to relate and get the most out of the players that I knew he would be a great fit for our team.”
“Rosales’ coaching technique is very up close and personal,” said former player Ali Musse. “I wouldn’t have been able to move to Vancouver and play for the Vancouver White Caps FC if he hadn’t opened my eyes to the opportunity.”
Musse is not the only player to have benefited from Rosales’ coaching. Tyson Fargo was a member of the WSA Winnipeg PDL team, and now is playing professional for FC Edmonton.
“If I have the chance to help on of my players make a professional team, I want to make sure they are prepared for everything that will come their way,” said Rosales.
If Rosales did not follow his true passion of coaching, he would not have been able to positively influence as many of his players as he has.
“The best feeling as a coach is seeing your team have the same passion and determination as I did when I played,” said Rosales.
Continuing on the path he has chosen for himself, he is not only positively impacting himself but also his players.