Meet the Trustee, Alberto Coronado
The new Board has a lot of familiar faces among the quidditch community, nevertheless the IQA thinks it important the community get to know the new Trustees better, in order to understand their vision for the future of the association, and of quidditch itself. Follow along as we post regular short interviews with our Trustees, in alphabetical order. The first we are pleased to introduce is Alberto Coronado, current Membership Director and now Trustee.
Alberto has been an entrepreneur and an aspiring chef since his first job at 14; eight years ago he founded a Mexican-style catering company named Mean Green Tamales. Since then he has been uplifting customers with his personal recipes. Mean Green Tamales is evolving and are in the process of opening a food truck to supply on a larger scale.
In his free time he learned how to play Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) and quickly fell down that rabbit hole. He fell so deep that he started a D&D adventurers league in College Station, Texas, where he was attending Texas A&M University. The league pushed him to found a non-profit organization that hosts interactive adventures to raise funds for local food banks and animal shelters, called Dungeon Masters ART. This D&D adventure spurred Alberto to open his own gaming store at the start of 2019 called Panther City Creation Station, where he spends time crafting fantasy worlds for aspiring adventurers. It is not a coincidence that traveling around and exploring nature are the moments when he feels most comfortable.
1) What are your plans for the future of the IQA and in what way do you plan to make your mark on the association?
I would like to make a mark by taking the IQA to a new level of professionalism on the world stage. The membership department I oversee has been working to accurately document just how many teams are playing the sport we hold so near and dear. I feel steps forward like this are important for the IQA, along with ensuring we provide enough resources for National Governing Bodies and the players they represent. Being able to host a much better standard of a tournament is something I am striving for as well.
2) In your opinion, what will the role of the IQA be inside the community, and in what way we can help the teams and the sport of quidditch grow in the future?
The IQA exists to spread the knowledge of quidditch developing on an international stage, along with helping make sure NGBs have the ability to reach out for assistance. If the IQA doesn’t have the answer to a question we have the network to reach out to someone who can help solve it. Connecting the quidditch community so their voices can be heard is the role of the IQA to me. Being able to translate and working through communication issues people are experiencing is one of the first steps to solving the problems that all NGBs face.
3) What is your experience with quidditch and volunteering, and what motivated you to dedicate your time and your experience to the association?
Quidditch started for me at Texas A&M University at the start of 2014 when I went out for spring tryouts. As an extensive Harry Potter fan growing up, I became infatuated with the sport quite quickly and I wanted to learn more, so I joined the Quidditch Post as a volunteer writer and quickly worked my way up to Media Director. While working on podcasts and editing game film from the hardest hitting region in the USQ (Southwest = Best West) the sport only enveloped me further. After playing for A&M for two and a half years I tried out for a community team based out of Austin, Texas called the Lone Star Quidditch Club. I made the team and ended up playing for them for two years altogether. The second year I had moved away from College Station and Austin so I had a three hour drive one way to get to practice each Sunday. I spent my six plus hours on the road every Sunday listening to quidditch podcasts and thinking about the evolution of our sport. It inspired me to travel to Queretaro, Mexico for the second QMX national tournament to help the head referee. I ended up snitch running several matches as well, along with running the finals match for the tournament. This would lead me to play for the Mexican national team competing in the IQA World Cup 2018. I turned the entire two-week trip into an exploration of quidditch in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. I enjoyed it so much I have been to two more QMX nationals since, and actually competed with the Tiquana Qwertyrians in 2019 in Monterrey, Mexico. We took home the gold and it was the best reward I could ask for out of a 2000 plus kilometer drive from my home in Texas to the tournament site. It is all of these experiences, along with countless others like fantasy tournaments, road trips with my fellow witches and wizards, and the absolute joy I feel when my cleats touch the pitch, that drive me to work for the IQA with such vigor.
April 19, 2019- posted by Aldo Mastellone