Inter Miami announced Thursday that local youth coaching standouts Juan Carlos Michia and Victor Pastora have joined the club as the first two Inter Miami youth academy coaches.
“We welcome Juan Carlos and Victor to the Inter Miami family with open arms.” club sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement. “Juan Carlos and Victor will play a fundamental role in establishing the most important legacy pillar for the club: our Academy. A place where local talent can continue to develop their game at no cost and one day perhaps fulfill their dream of representing our community wearing the Inter Miami colors.”
Michia has spent the last three years as the U-12 head coach at Weston FC, and will arrive at Inter Miami this summer following the completion of his current season. His storied career in the youth and professional ranks, both as player and coach, spans more than 30 years and includes highlights such as serving as an assistant for the US 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup contingent in Argentina.
Pastora's career stretches across more than 19 years, with his most recent stop also coming at Weston FC as the academy's technical director. Under Pastora's guidance in the past three years, 18 players have advanced from the academy to the professional ranks in MLS and elsewhere, and consistently developed youth international talent for the US and other Concacaf federations.