— Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Edil Pavon has coached Soccer for over 20 years. A native of Honduras played for Club Deportivo Real España (First Division Soccer team) and moved to the USA in 1997. Once in Miami, Pavon started to study English as a second language and in 2000 moved to New Jersey and attended Jersey City University where he also played.
Pavon has had a long and distinguished coaching career, and an excellent reputation in Miami’ Soccer community. His coaching career began in 1999 when he started coaching at the high school level. In his first year coaching at Miami Senior High, he led the team to the finals. In 2006, he also coached at Immaculate La Salle leading the team to the finals. At that time, coach Pavon considered he needed more coaching experience and went back to Honduras to learn and work at the first division Club Deportivo Motagua. That same year, Motagua became the champion of Honduras’ soccer first division.
While working with Motagua, coach Pavon was given the chance to work with Honduras National team U17. Honduras was playing to qualify for the U17 World Cup to be played in Mexico in 2011. Unfortunately, Honduras did not qualify but that did not stop coach Pavon who at the end of the season returned to Miami. Once in Miami and having kept a strong relationship with Real España in Honduras, he was granted the rights to open a soccer academy under the name Real España Soccer Academy Miami. Pavon ran and coached the Academy and the U-23 division which won the Soccer Development League undefeated since 1977.
In 2013, back in the US and coaching at Immaculate La Salle, coach Pavon received The Max Press, Positive Coaching award, being the only High School coach from Miami to receive such recognition. That same year, he was hired to work at the highest level of the United States soccer by New York Red-Bull, one of the top teams in the Major League Soccer (MLS). He worked for New York Red-Bull for two years in the Training Academy Program.
Pavon holds a Coaching License from Brazil Soccer Federation, USSF Adult license, Goal Keeping Coach licenses from NSCAA, and FIFA soccer license. The latest he was able to obtain through the Honduran Soccer Federation.
In 2018 coach Pavon served as assistant coach to Honduran National U20 Men Soccer during the Concacaf U20 World Qualifier where the team qualified for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup. He is currently an official soccer scout for the Federal Soccer Association of Honduras.
Pavon previously served as head coach for the men’s soccer team at Florida Memorial University. He was a key instrument to rebuilding the soccer program and recruiting local candidates for the school. He joins the University of Ft. Lauderdale coaching staff with great enthusiasm and willingness to make a successful and competitive men’s soccer program.