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2013 Women'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.


Sarah Ramirez

Soccer - Assistant Coach

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Sarah Ramirez is here to tell you that ‘absence truly does make the heart grow fonder’, since it’s been a four-year gap between the last time that Ramirez called herself a Matador Soccer Coach and now, but when the opportunity to get in ‘on the ground floor’ of the brand-new Lady Matadors’ Soccer program opened up, Ramirez wasted no time rejoining Kenny Dale on the AWC sideline.  It’s actually Ramirez’s fifth year with the program, and she’ll spend nearly all her time this year molding and forming the new team from a fledgling entity into the consistent soccer powerhouse that the Matador Men’s Soccer program has become.  Ramirez has had much to do with that success, since ‘the ground floor’ was where she started with the Matador Soccer program, becoming a part of Dale’s first coaching staff in 2005.  Ramirez spent four years helping Dale turn the men’s program around as they began their incredible run of historic win totals and playoff appearances before she departed after the 2008 season.  Before she decided to become a coach, Ramirez was making history as a star player at the University of Texas-El Paso, earning 2001 Spring Most Valuable Player honors, and as a senior in 2002, starting every game while leading the Lady Miners to one of their best seasons ever. While attending UTEP, Ramirez also played as a defender in the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL), the W-League’s Arizona Heatwave in 2001 and the Albuquerque Crush in 2002. In 2001, Ramirez traveled internationally and played as a defender for an El Paso select team, which played against the Mexican Women’s National team in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Ramirez earned a Master’s degree in Human Relations from NAU-Yuma and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UTEP.  Prior to that, she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Cochise College in Douglas, which is where her soccer prowess first caught the eye of then-Lady Apaches’ Head Soccer Coach Kenny Dale.

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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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