My name is Mauricio Urdaneta and I am extremely humbled and very excited about the opportunity I have been offered to become the head coach for our amazing Space Coast Mavericks team. I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela where I lived until I was about 16 years old. Around this time, my parents made a challenging but life-changing decision for our family to relocate to the United States. Baseball has always been the sport I love. While in Venezuela, I played baseball through mid-high school, but after relocating to the USA, I stopped playing competitively due to needing to prioritize new life goals. I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!!) in 2005 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. My career has moved me around a bit within the US, with the most recent move being our relocation to our beautiful Melbourne, FL where my family and I have been residing since 2012. Today, I am very blessed with an amazing wife (Paola) and two amazing children (Mauricio Jr. & Sophia) who love playing sports. Sophia has a passion for Volleyball, and Mauricio Jr. for Baseball. Jr has been playing ball since he was about 4 years old, so we've been going at it since ~2015. I have had the privilege to be his coach throughout his baseball career. Now you tell me...what else can a baseball dad ask for?
Let's now chat about what's ahead. There are no words to describe how great I feel about this new baseball journey with Travel Ball. I am thankful for this opportunity to continue to make an impact in the lives of young athletes. We’ll continue to grow in the game of baseball along the way, but the mission of our coaching staff is to teach our players life values, the beauty of team-work, learning from mistakes, fighting till the very end (last out), helping a struggling team-mate, growing when we lose, being humbled when we win, and never forgetting where we came from. No matter what our winning record is, if we teach these values to our Mavericks, our goal will be accomplished. On behalf of our amazing coaching staff, we look forward to partnering with all our great parents and working together to accomplish these goals.
Let’s play ball !!