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2013 Men's Soccer

Kenny Dale Kenny Dale

Soccer - Head Coach

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Time for Kenny Dale to make AWC Soccer history again.  Dale’s name became indelibly etched in the annals of Matador Athletics in 2005 when he made his way to Yuma to become the program’s first-ever full-time head men’s soccer coach.  Not content for that to be his legacy, Dale immediately went to work resurrecting the program, bringing them nothing but success since.  Their first winning season since 1999 came in Dale’s first season, when he led the Matadors to the Region I Playoffs in 2005.  They’ve missed the postseason just one year since then, and that history has continued to be etched nearly every season since.  Dale’s teams have set new high-water marks for the program for consecutive playoff appearances (five straight years and counting), consecutive years hosting playoff matches (four straight), and conference and overall victories in a single season (16 & 19, respectively, both set in 2012).  That magic moment of grabbing the program’s first title finally arrived in 2010, when after getting to the Region I Finals for the first time ever the year before, 23 years of frustration came to an end when they clinched their first-ever ACCAC Regular Season Title, then defeated Pima to hoist the 2010 Region I Championship plaque.  Their berth in (and right to host) the NJCAA West District Finals was also a first for the program.  Now in 2013, the new history of AWC Women’s Soccer begins with that same familiar name of Kenny Dale on top of the coaching roster as he assumes that head coaching role while still remaining the men’s head coach as well.  Dale was no stranger to ACCAC Soccer circles when he arrived to AWC, spending seven successful seasons as a coach at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona. He’s also coached at Moorpark College, Pepperdine University and Simi Valley High School in his more than two decades of coaching.  Dale has worked with college-level soccer athletes every season since 1988, and is now in his third decade of college head coaching experience.  Dale has also coached youth club teams, and this past spring became the director of coaching for the Western Arizona Soccer Academy in Yuma.  He’s also worked for the Olympic Development Programs in California and Arizona. As a player, Dale was a college soccer star for both the University of Arizona and Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia, as well as for the professional Tucson Amigos of the USISL. Dale earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1988 and a Master of Arts in History in 1993 from the University of Arizona. He became a USSF ‘A’ licensed coach in 1993, completed the NSCAA Premier Diploma course in 2005, and completed the NSCAA Master Coach Program in 2010.

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Alfonso Perez

Soccer - Assistant Coach

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With every one of his three previous years on the Matador Soccer coaching staff, the responsibilities, voice and tenure for Alfonso Perez have all gotten a little stronger.  For Year #4, Perez will be relied on more than ever as the Matador Soccer program expands to women’s soccer, since like his boss, Kenny Dale, Perez will work with both programs.  2012 was a benchmark year for Perez, since it was his first year as Dale’s top assistant.  Perez has enjoyed nothing but success during his three previous seasons, and he continues to expand his coaching scope and local, regional and international recruiting scope as 2013 takes shape.  Perez certainly has the respect of local soccer fans and players, since he’s spent much of his life on the local pitch, having been a star defender for the Rams of Antelope High School in 1996, and has since gone full circle now as the head coach of the Rams’ varsity soccer team in Wellton.  Even while working in the private sector in the Yuma area, Perez continued to stay close to the local soccer scene and currently holds a United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ license.


Tom vonAhlefeld

Soccer - Assistant Coach


Saying that it’s Tom vonAhlefeld’s third year on the AWC Soccer bench doesn’t come close to describing what Kenny Dale says Tom offers this program. Dale waits for vonAhlefeld to impart many of his ‘life experiences’ on his coaches and his student-athletes, and vonAhlefeld’s humility keeps them glued to his every word while his tales unfold. vonAhlefeld’s resume and experience in athletics, fitness, education, government and law enforcement is incredibly versatile, since after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Houston, vonAhlefeld gave two decades of military service and two decades of government work to his country, and spent 15 more years in various branches of law enforcement. During his time in those professions, vonAhlefeld demonstrated to those around him what fitness and preparation were all about, spending a dozen years running cross-country in Germany, and running marathons in both Germany and here in the United States. He also earned his certificate as a lifeguard, and was an expert in nautilus weight training. Along the way, vonAhlefeld spent time as a coach and/or official for basketball, football, baseball and volleyball. After retiring, Matador fans started seeing vonAhlefeld as he put his love for law enforcement and athletics together, working security at Matador Athletics events as part of the Arizona Western College Campus Police Department. In the summer of 2011, Dale asked vonAhlefeld to put away the law enforcement uniform during soccer practices and games, and trade them in for a coach’s whistle to lend his various levels of expertise to his coaching staff.

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Jon Gronbach

Soccer - Assistant Coach


The proof is in the stinginess on the back end of the field every night for the Matador Soccer program as to how effective the coaching of Jon Gronbach is.  Gronbach heads into his fourth year (in his second tour of duty) with the program continuing to shape and mold young goalkeepers into award winners.  Gronbach first joined Kenny Dale’s staff during the preseason and first month of the 2008 season; by that season’s end, both Santiago Ruiz and Manuel Lugo had improved drastically between the pipes.  The past two seasons, Gronbach took and young and determined Oscar Hernandez and made him the ACCAC Goalkeeper of the Year as a freshman, and an All-Region I/All-ACCAC selection both seasons.  The net is Gronbach’s domain-dating back to his days growing up on the soccer fields of his native San Diego, California.  Gronbach left the west coast at the young age of 16 to head to the Midwest, where he became the team captain and an All-State selection in soccer at Fort Dodge High School in Iowa. Gronbach’s stay in the Hawkeye State continued at Iowa Central Community College, where continued between the pipes, and impressed his coaches enough to get an offer to join their staff while Gronbach was earning his Associate’s Degree in Clinical Lab Science.  Gronbach continued coaching the Tritons’ soccer team while continuing to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.  During Gronbach’s coaching tenure, the Tritons went to the NJCAA Tournament, finishing 4th in the nation.  Gronbach has also earned his D-Level soccer coaching license, and has also spent several years as the Director of Coaching for the Northwest Iowa Football Club.  Besides AWC, Gronbach also begins his 2nd year as the head girls’ varsity soccer coach at nearby Gila Ridge High School.  Jon currently works as the Chemistry & Hematology Supervisor at Yuma Regional Medical Center, and is not only happy to be back closer to his family in San Diego but back with his Matador Soccer family again.

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