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2014 Men's Soccer

Kenny Dale Kenny Dale

Soccer - Head Coach

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Kenny Dale’s teams have set new records for the program for consecutive playoff appearances (seven 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).  He led the team to that magic moment of the program’s first title finally arrived in 2010. Twenty-three years of frustration came to an end when the Matadors clinched their first-ever ACCAC Regular Season Title. Then the team defeated Pima to hoist the 2010 Region I Championship plaque. In 2013, Dale started the AWC Women's soccer program and led the team to two straight playoff appearances while coaching both the men and the 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

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With every one of his five previous years on the Matador Soccer coaching staff, the responsibilities, voice and tenure for Alfonso Perez have all gotten a little stronger.  In year six, 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 fiveprevious seasons, and he continues to expand both his coaching scope and local, regional and international recruiting scope as 2015 takes shape.  Perez certainly has the respect of local soccer fans and players, having been a star defender for the Rams of Antelope High School. Perez currently holds a United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ license and National Youth license. 



Tom vonAhlefeld

Soccer - Assistant Coach

Saying that it’s Tom vonAhlefeld’s fourth 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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