About the Club Director
Rosario Lopez, a native of Arizona has been married to his lovely wife Jacqueline for over 34 years. They had two children, Amanda, Samantha, and grandson Isaiah. Both Amanda and Samantha played their club volleyball at Litchfield Park Juniors and eventually played at the collegiate level.
Rosario has over 34 years of experience coaching volleyball and soccer. His love for coaching began while he was playing professional soccer for Arizona’s USISL, coaching youth was part of the community outreach program. As Rosario’s two daughters grew up, they gravitated to volleyball. Rosario decided that he would learn everything he could about the game of volleyball so that he could teach his daughters. Little did Rosario know that he would eventually launch his own club and create a legacy that would span generations.
Rosario became obsessed with volleyball and with his professional sports experience, he was able to learn quickly. He obtained certifications in USA Volleyball (USAV) IMPACT and CAP I certified. He is also Gold Medal Squared volleyball certified. He is a member of USA Volleyball (USAV), the American Athletic Union (AAU), the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and the Positive Coaching Alliance. Rosario also worked for the USA High-Performance program hosting camps and tryouts as the main instructor. Along with his certifications, Rosario worked and learned under the best club coaches at the Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club, the first club in Arizona.
In 2002 Rosario launched the Litchfield Park Juniors Volleyball Club and later incorporated the program with the Arizona Incorporation Commission as a 501C3 Non-profit, where he teaches the same methods and systems that have produced great players and teams for decades. His model for volleyball has been tested at the highest levels, winning three National titles and ten Arizona Region State Championships, three Festival Championships, and over twenty volleyball classics and invitationals. The outcome of his success produced over sixty-six collegiate players at all levels, five USA High-Performance players, one All-American, and two international professional players. Coaching high school, junior high, and club, Rosario has seen hundreds of players succeed on and off the court, but he measures success not by titles but by the relationships he has developed.
Rosario’s philosophy is to train all players in the fundamentals of the game, teaching them to work hard while gaining a love for the game.
“We play to win but not to be obsessed with winning and if we work hard and take care of the fundamentals, most of the time we will win. If we don’t, let us find out what happened and try and fix the areas where we are weak”.
In addition to coaching, Rosario is a twenty-five-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, retiring in 2020. As an officer and detective Rosario received numerous awards and accommodations throughout his career including three medals of Life Saving and one Medal of Valor, numerous awards for professionalism, and investigative accomplishments. His professional development includes community relations as a School Resource Officer and Community Action Officer, with an emphasis on criminal investigations with the Organized Crime Bureau, Drug Enforcement, Gang Street Crimes and Counter-Terrorism Units. He has also been selected to serve as part of the Presidential Protection Details upon presidential visits to our state. He has conducted investigations with the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, and other local and federal law enforcement.
In retirement, Rosario continues his commitment to the community by launching the American Rescue Project, which conducts investigations in criminal and civil law enforcement, including but not limited to Human Trafficking, Missing Persons, and Domestic Violence. He also works as a consultant and mitigation expert.
In the professional soccer world, Rosario owns the Real Phoenix Football Club, a professional arena and outdoor soccer team, and is the current president and founder of Major League Futsal USA and the World Futsal Federation. Where he oversees and manages federations and confederations around the world.