Rafael Ferreiro returns to Barry for the second straight season after having founded and served as President of Pure Futbol Soccer Academy (Pure Futbol LLC), a soccer training academy based in South Florida. A native of South Florida, Ferreiro has gained experience as a player and a coach at various different levels. He played collegiately at Florida International University for one year before transferring to Nova Southeastern University for the remainder of his career where he helped win 2 Conference tournaments as well as 2 appearances to the NAIA National Tournament. For his efforts he was named 3 times NAIA/NSCAA All-American, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-Conference and was also awarded NSU Co-MVP in 2001. Ferreio is currently 2nd all-time shots taken, 3rd in assist and 6th in scoring at NSU. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and international business.
After concluding his collegiate career, Ferreiro continued to play professionally overseas with Racing Club de Ferrol (Spain Second Division), where he played for 2 years. He also played for Naron FC in Spains 2nd B division when he was on loan for 6 months. After Spain, Rafael then had a short stint in Uruguay with First Division club, Sportivo Cerrito.
Ferreiro is the current Head Trainer for Pure Soccer Academy (www.purefutbol.com) and the Head Coach for the Boys Varsity Soccer Team at Cardinal Gibbons High where he has had an impressive coaching career making it to seven consecutive District Championships games and winning 4.
Ferreiro holds various coaching licenses and badges which include a USSF "A" License, NSCAA Premier Diploma "A" and UEFA"B"/English FA Level 3 Coaching Badge. He is currently working on getting his UEFA “A”/English FA Level 4 Coaching Badge as well as wrapping up his NSCAA Master Diploma and becoming an NSCAA Coaching Instructor.