By Jordan Puyear
Just a year after graduation Adolfo Guerrero Gunther is excelling in the world of soccer. He graduated in the class of 2016 from the Sports Management Department, and currently works for Club Atletico de Madrid, a professional soccer club in Spain, in the Academy International Expansion division.
“Honestly, I feel like I am playing the video game FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) in real life,” Gunther said.
It was when one of the Flagler grad’s friends recommended him for an internship with the club that he began to work his way up to a full-time career.
“I will never forget what Dr. DeMar (DeMartini) told us,” he said. “‘It is not what you know; it is who you know.’”
Gunther’s role for Club Atletico Madrid consists of creating the “Atletico Experience” for visiting players and coaches from around the world. More than 50 international teams, from the United States, Japan, Australia and Columbia, among other countries, have received training sessions from Atletico Madrid and played friendly matches against Academy teams.
“Words cannot explain how I feel,” he said. “I am part of one of the best football clubs in the world.”
While Gunther truly exceeded in the art of building connections, it was through the guidance from Flagler College professors that really helped him excel in his career.
“Dr. DeMar, Dr. Hunter, Dr. Roberts, and even Dr. Twardy pushed and believed in my full potential all the time,” he said. “They reinforced and helped me create personal habits that make me stand above the rest. I did not understand it in college, but now I do.”
Gunther says his biggest piece of advice for current students is to choose a career that relates to their passions: “Do whatever makes you wake up on a Monday excited to face a new week.”
He also recommends that students enjoy their time at Flagler, because before they know it, it will be over.
“St. Augustine will always be my home,” he said. “And the friends I made will always be my family.”