CCSA Training Staff


Alex Karis, Director & Trainer

Dowling College – Aeronautics & Management
Competitive Soccer Player – Northport Soccer Club 1975-1985
US Certified Rec. Coach Certificate – 2006
Coached 2 Boys Rec. Teams from 2007-2010
Director of Rec. Coaches -2007-2010  Gulf Coast Soccer Club
USSF United State Soccer Federation “E” License Coach – 2008
DII Coach PADRE SOCCER CLUB  U12 Boys 2010-2012

Coach Alex was born and raised in Northport, New York and spent 10 years of his life living in Southern California from 1995-2005.  He  has been living in Corpus Christi for the past 6 years and truly enjoys the charm of the 3rd Coast.

Alex’s passion for coaching soccer stems certainly from his youth where he spent 12 solid months a year playing for a championship team, the Northport Vikings ’67 boys.  As a father with 2 boys of his own that love soccer, he felt the need to become highly active in the sport and has immersed himself in training & coaching kids in the city of Corpus Christi for the past 6 years.  He has a strong communication & leadership background as a business coach and uses those skills to effectively help children to understand the technical and tactical aspects about the game.  He is dedicated to helping Corpus Christi Soccer grow by coaching and mentoring  youth players and coaches locally.

Alex is a technology maven and has become an authority on local web marketing and Social Media Marketing over the past few years.  He always puts his family first and loves spending time outdoors with them enjoying sports, beach fun & gathering for barbeques!  Quote:  “Once the game is in your Heart, the passion lives forever” ~Coach Alex


Marco Messina, Goalkeeper Trainer

Coach Marco was born in Corpus Christi, Texas but shortly after moved to Italy for around 8 years.  He has been living in Corpus Christi for the past 12 years and has had incredible experience playing soccer during that time.

Texas A & M – CC, B.S. in Biomedical Science (2013)
NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma
NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma
NSCAA Special Topics Diploma “Igniting Dreams, Inspiring Teams”
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
Played D3 soccer at Texas Lutheran University
Coached & Trained CBWSA Team
Goalkeeper Trainer for Santa Fe Soccer
Trained U-18 Div. 2 Men’s team C.C. United at Santa Fe Soccer League

Marco’s passions for the game lie in the tactical, physical and goalkeeping areas of soccer. He feels soccer is a unique sport that allows people (especially at early ages) to build a framework in their lives which include: courage, integrity, self-discipline, humility, purpose, passion, and diversity. These human excellence’s can be cultivated through the sport of soccer which will last a player a lifetime. He enjoys allowing players to express themselves within guidelines that will ultimately lead them to greatness. Marco is driven to help players mature while attaining a deeper sense of intelligence that carries them to mastery in the sport.

While not on the pitch, Marco takes great joy in playing piano and guitar in between studies at Texas A & M – CC. He is committed to fitness and invests time in the gym keep himself in shape.  He is also an avid fisherman & hunter and would also consider himself a bit of a computer geek at times. Kids love Marco’s youthful approach to the sport of soccer and we are thrilled to have him as our goalkeeper trainer.

Corpus Christi Soccer Academy, 2521 Fleece Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78414 361-265-8589