Soccer - Head Coach
Email: Kenny Dale
The years pass, and the old records continue to fall by the wayside for the Matador Soccer team as Kenny Dale commences with Year #8 at the helm of the history-making program. Graced with the honor of becoming the program’s first-ever full-time head soccer coach when he accepted the position in 2005, Dale has done nothing but set the bar higher every year for the squad. A soccer program that hadn’t enjoyed a winning season since 1999 suddenly became a perennial ACCAC powerhouse under Dale, who took the Matadors to the Region I Quarterfinals in his inaugural year of 2005, and has missed the playoffs just once since. Their six playoff appearances in the last seven years is easily the most postseason berths in that short a span in the history of AWC Soccer. They had never hosted playoff matches in back-to-back seasons before Dale arrived; they broke that trend by hosting in ’05 & ’06, and have now commenced the postseason at home the last three seasons as well. The program hadn’t even enjoyed the thrill of winning a playoff match prior to Dale, but in the last three years, they’ve won a total of four playoff games, getting to the Region I Finals in 2009, and in 2010, ending 23 years of frustration by not only winning their first-ever ACCAC Regular Season Title but also defeating Pima to hoist the Region I Championship plaque for the first time ever. Their berth in (and right to host) the NJCAA West District Finals was also a first for the program, as was their new high-water mark of 18 overall wins in a season. Last season, Dale led the Matadors to their best conference record ever of 16 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. 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 just began 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.