Rest in Peace, Coach Mazi

20151024-IMG_1979Text from a March 14 email Eclipse Director Shane Carney sent out about the passing of Eclipse Coach Mazi Maghsoodnia:

“I don’t know if I can truly explain my emotions at this moment, but I wanted to pass on some tragic news before the gossip starts making the rounds, as I feel he deserves so much more. Our dear friend Mazi Maghsoodnia passed away yesterday as the result of a traffic accident. Having the opportunity to be so involved in the local soccer community, I have had the chance to meet so many people in such a short amount of time. Mazi is one of the people who has undoubtedly left a gigantic impact on me personally. I know I am not alone in feeling that way about this truly amazing man so many of us had the opportunity to know.
Mazi came into my life in a big way back in 2009 when I was taking over the Campolindo soccer program and his son Kian was a freshman. As we started that season with a 2-7 record, Mazi always offered constant support to all of the boys and I. Even when we were struggling, Mazi always went out of his way to come and let me know he loved what was happening with the program and let me know the light would come. Mazi has remained one of the biggest supporters of the Campo program throughout the years, as he got to see his son Kian experience unprecedented success during his four years in the program. Even after Kian graduated from Campo, Mazi remained deeply invested in the program and has always been a pillar of support for me.
As I started Eclipse, Mazi’s younger son Nauder joined our Future Eclipse program. Mazi’s upbeat attitude and positive spirit would often grace us before, after and even sometimes during the practices. As many of you know, Mazi loved soccer (playing, watching, coaching) and could never get enough of it. As we entered the second season of Eclipse and our club was growing, we needed to add some coaches. We had a policy in place that we would not have any parent coaches, but I absolutely had to break a policy I helped approve to get this amazing man and friend of mine, Mazi, to coach for us.
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Mazi took over our U9 Boys team in our 2012 season and stuck with the same group through U12 this past season. Mazi’s commitment to this group of boys has had such a positive impact on those boys and those families. Mazi was one of those coaches who truly got to know every single kid and treated them all as if they were his own sons. He was a special coach and such a key part of our club during these building years. I have been reading back over some of the coach evaluations I received about Mazi over the years and I can’t tell you how many times people mentioned things like “what an amazing man” and “he changed my son’s life.”
One of the things that will always stick in my head about Mazi was how important family was to him. When his daughter Auveen started playing Eclipse soccer as well, Mazi asked me to get an assistant coach for his team, so that he could miss things from time to time to watch his daughter play. Even though he took his coaching commitment seriously, family was his always his priority. He always let me know that family vacations and family events would come first as well. If you know his kids, you will see what a positive impact he had on all of them.
The best example for me was this past season when the team Mazi coached and his son Nauder played on made it to the finals in San Ramon. The team had been knocking on the door at tournaments so many times and was hoping to finally earn the champions title. When they won in PKs, the Maghsoodnia family could be seen celebrating together. When I asked Mazi how it felt, he didn’t talk about winning or the game. He told me how proud he was of the hard work of all of the boys and how happy he was that all of his kids were there to celebrate their little brother’s success. He sent me a photo of Kian and Auveen holding Nauder up after that tournament win, which is one of my favorite pictures I have ever received.
IMG_1464I am still in complete shock, as I’m sure many of you that knew him will be as well. I do know Mazi would want us to remain positive at this difficult time and support those around us. If you would like to share stories about your interactions and experiences with Mazi, please feel free to send them my way. I’d like to compile them to share with his family when the time is right.
I have been in contact with Mazi’s son, Kian, and offered him the support of the Eclipse and Campo communities in any way their family could possibly need. If they need anything, I may reach out for support.
Please keep the Maghsoodnia family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. As information about services are announced, I will be in touch.
Love you Mazi!”
If you’d like to make a contribution in memory of Mazi…
From Mazi’s family:
“In lieu of sending or bringing flowers to Maziar’s funeral, we are asking you to contribute to the creation of an Iranian poetry program at UC Berkeley. We are currently raising funds to create a permanent program at UC Berkeley focused on making Iranian poetry accessible to everyone in the Bay Area.
Maziar loved poetry and believed that each culture has a gift for humanity and our culture’s gift is poetry. We are creating a program at UC Berkeley that will make this poetry accessible to the larger community in a creative and entertaining way.

If you are interested in contributing to the Maziar’s Poetry Fund at UC Berkeley please see the information below:

If you like to donate online: https://give.berkeley.edu/maziar
If you like to contribute with a check:
Fund Name: The Maziar Maghsoodnia Poetry Fund
Fund Number to reference is M8354
Each check should be made out to the UC Berkeley Foundation and should have the fund number in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to
The Maziar Maghsoodnia Poetry Fund
University Development and Alumni Relations
2080 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94720
Attention: Jill Malko”

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