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2014 Women'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.

 

Sarah Ramirez

Soccer - Assistant Coach

E-Mail: Sarah Ramirez

 

Since the opportunity presented itself last year with the inception of the AWC women’s soccer team, Sarah Ramirez, wasted no time rejoining Kenny Dale on the AWC sideline. Initially joining Kenny’s coaching staff in 2005 as an assistant for the men’s soccer team, Ramirez was ecstatic to be able to be a part of Lady Matador history.   It’s actually Ramirez’s sixth year with the AWC soccer program, and she’ll spend much of her time molding and forming this year’s women’s team to make a return appearance to the playoffs.  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 education 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

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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