|Title:||Men's Soccer Assistant Coach|
Rafik enters his first season on the CCBC Catonsville Cardinals Men's Soccer Coaching staff. A native Tunisian, he comes from a multicultural background, Rafik is a bright and innovative self-starter with an eye for details. Rafik holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Business Technology Administration from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the current President of Next Level Soccer, an organization that specializes in programs that support the education and growth of soccer in youth by creating life changing experiences and opportunities for young student athletes in the region.
Rafik worked as a Database and Business Analyst for the Business and Data Analysis department within a couple of worldwide companies ranked "Best Places to Work for” in Baltimore. He has also worked on start-up projects where he led and managed diverse teams. Co-founder of Wishmob, a new and innovative type of wishlist application, Rafik has been invited and involved in distinguished business conferences such as the well-known Harvard Business School conferences and the NYC Uncubed events.
Rafik grew up playing in one of the best African Youth systems of Esperance Sportive de Tunis. He participated in pre-season tournaments involving some of the legendary European youth teams such as AC Milan, and Marseille. Unfortunately, Rafik had to go through a surgery that did not let him advance further in the sport of soccer as a player. With an everlasting passion for the game, Rafik switched gears and has been involved in the growth and development of youth soccer in the DC/MD/VA area. Rafik also works to create meaningful gateways and relationships between the United States, North Africa, and European soccer communities at both youth and professional levels.