He is the President of the Referee Union of the Puerto Rican Wrestling Federation (Federación de Luchas Asociadas de Puerto Rico).
He combines more than 25 years of experience as an athlete, coach, referee and educator and is Puerto Rico National Wrestling Team’s coach, a UWW Delegate and an International UWW Referee Facilitator (Category IS). He has given many referee courses between 2014 and 2019.
Rafael was named Most Outstanding Referee in Puerto Rico in 2011 and at the 2015 Pan-American championships in Chile, and UWW Educator for the Americas in 2017. He was selected for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
He holds an associate degree in Adapted Physical Education for Disabled Children.