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Coaching Staff

2015 Women's Soccer

Marisela Velasquez

Soccer - Head Coach

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Marisela Velasquez takes over a program set to continue its winning tradition of the first two years. Velasquez comes to Arizona Western College after coaching for six seasons at Kofa High School from 2008-2014. Her Kofa teams held the City Championship in three of her six seasons, and they were the Gila Valley Region chamions in her final season. She also has spent the last six-plus seasons coaching in Yuma at the club level, coaching the Yuma Legends U18 girls. The last five Yuma Sun/Rotary Club Players of the Year have all played for Velasquez.
Her coaching career started in 1998 while she was still playing collegiately at the University of San Diego. The stopper/center midfielder started out as the head JV coach at Bishops High School before transitioning to a similar position at Yuma High School for four years from 1999-2002. She picked up her first collegiate coaching experience at Grossmont Community College as an assistant coach for two seasons. She holds a USSF 'E' license.

Kenny Dale Kenny Dale

Soccer - Assistant Coach

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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.

Juan Lerma

Soccer - Assistant Coach

Juan Lerma joins the Lady Matadors as a volunteer assistant who has been around the Yuma Soccer scene for decades, both as a player and coach. Lerma played at Arizona Western for two years in the early 1990s after playing for four seasons at Yuma High School. He started coaching in 1991 for the city recreation leagues. After his playing career ended at AWC, he worked as the JV boys coach at Yuma High for two stints from 1995-99 and 2004-08. In between he was the Varsity boys head coach at San Pasqual High School from 1999-2002. In 2013-14, he worked as a girls varsity assistant coach at Kofa High School, and he has also worked with Coach Velasquez while she was coaching the Yuma Legends the past two seasons. He works as a math teacher at a local charter school during the day.



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