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2014 Men's Soccer

Kenny Dale Kenny Dale

Soccer - Head Coach

Email: Kenny Dale

Kenny Dale’s teams have set new records 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 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.  In 2013, the new history of AWC Women’s Soccer began with that same familiar name of Kenny Dale on top of the coaching roster as he assumes that head coaching role for both men and women.  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 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Arizona. He also holds a USSF ‘A’ license, NSCAA Premier Diplomas from Brazil and Germany and completed the NSCAA Master Coach Program in 2010.

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Alfonso Perez

Soccer - Assistant Coach

E-Mail:  Alfonso Perez

 

With every one of his 4 previous years on the Matador Soccer coaching staff, the responsibilities, voice and tenure for Alfonso Perez have all gotten a little stronger.  For Year #5, Perez will continue to be relied on to assist Coach Dale’s successful tenure in front of Matador Soccer.  2013 was a benchmark year for Perez, since it was his first year as the team recruiting coordinator.  Perez has enjoyed nothing but success during his four previous seasons, and he continues to expand his coaching scope and local, regional and international recruiting scope as 2014 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, and has since gone full circle now as the head coach of the Rams’ varsity soccer team. Perez currently holds a United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ license and National Youth license. 

 





 

Tom vonAhlefeld

Soccer - Assistant Coach

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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

E-Mail: Jon Gronbach

Jon Gronbach is coming back for his 5th year with the program as a Goalkeeping Coach.  Gronbach hopes to build off last years impressive stats of 1.46 (Men’s) and 1.09 (Women’s) goals against average to help the Matador’s reach the next level of play.  Jon Gronbach grew up in San Diego where he played for San Diego Hotspurs as a goalkeeper from the ages of 11 to 16.  At 16, Jon moved to Iowa where he would captain his high school for two years before signing for Iowa Central Community College.  After his playing career was cut short by multiple concussions, Jon took the opportunity of becoming the goalkeeper coach of Iowa Central at the age of 20.  During his time at Iowa Central the Tritons enjoyed their most successful years including finishing 4th at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2002.  After a three year stint at ICCC, Jon Gronbach decided to take on the task of being a head coach at North Western Iowa Football Club.  His success would continue by helping mold multiple young players into college athletes, winning trophies along the way, including the USA Cup twice.  Gronbach has also earned his National D-Level and Level 1 goalkeeping soccer coaching licenses.  Besides AWC, Gronbach also begins his 3rd year as the head girl’s varsity soccer coach at nearby Gila Ridge High School.  Last year the Gila Ridge Ladies set three major school records of best record (9-2-1), most goals scored (48) and least goals conceded (18).  When not on the soccer field you can find Jon Gronbach in the hospital laboratory at Yuma Regional Medical Center where he is currently the Core Lab Supervisor. 

 


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