Men's Soccer Coaches

Kenny Dale

Kenny Dale

Head Coach
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Kenny Dale's extensive tenure as the Head Coach of Arizona Western Soccer added a number of milestones during the 2019 season.

His 15th season as the Men's Coach started with his 200th win while guiding the program. That was just the start, as under Dale’s guidance, the Matadors extended their consecutive playoff streak to 12 seasons while entering as the fourth seed in the Region. The Matadors earned a home win over Paradise Valley in the opening round before hitting the road the rest of the way. And the Matadors hit hard, knocking off the conference champion Phoenix Bears in overtime with an incredible two-goal comeback to force extra time in the first place. The Matadors then went toe-to-toe with the defending National Champion Pima Aztecs in Tucson where the Matadors emerged victorious in penalty kicks to win the Region for the second time in program history.

Things did not get easier for the Matadors as they traveled to Salt Lake City for the District Championship, squaring off with the 3rd ranked Salt Lake City Bruins. Arizona Western jumped out in front 3-0 and closed the game out despite being down two players to seal the first District Championship in program history and earn a bid to the NJCAA National Championship in Tyler, Texas.

Under Dale, the Matadors secured their first Region I Championship in 2010 with a win over conference foe Pima, while also taking in the program’s first ACCAC title. Two years later, in 2012, the Matadors set a new mark for wins in a season with 19 in order to help earn ACCAC Coach of the Year honors for Dale. Dale added the West District Coach of the Year Award to his trophy case in 2019..

Since taking the reins of Arizona Western Soccer in 2005, Kenny Dale has continued to push the Matadors to new heights. The program’s first conference title under Dale arrived in 2010 and the Mats earned the Region I Championship that season by defeated Pima.

In 2015, the Matador’s 17 wins included a 12-game winning streak and a 15-game unbeaten streak to secure a share of the ACCAC title.

Dale has also been a Pioneer at Arizona Western, launching the AWC Women’s Soccer in 2013 while maintaining successful leadership of the Men's Soccer team as its head coach. He helped lead the Lady Mats to the playoffs for two straight seasons while still extending the Men's tradition of winning and reaching the post-season. 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.


Admir Balicevac

Admir Balicevac

Assistant Coach

In two seasons as the assistant coach for Arizona Western Men's Soccer Admir Balicevac became the first Matador to be apart of a Region Championship as both a coach and player on the pitch.

Balicevac's duties include recruiting and administration and his first recruiting class pushed the Matador Soccer program to new heights in 2019 capturing the Region I and West District Championships on their way to a National Tournament appearance in Tyler, Texas.

Prior to Coaching the Matadors, Balicevac was one, playing for his boss Kenny Dale on the Mats' first Region team in 2010.

Balicevac then transferred to Bethany College for two seasons where he was an all-conference honorable mention as a junior and team captain as a senior. He graduated with his Bachelor's in Business Management with a minor in computer applications.

Admir hails from New Zealand and has been playing soccer since he was six. He played in national academies from ages 13 to 18, and he won three straight national championships with Wellington Region Academy's U14, U15 and U16 teams. During that stretch, he also represented New Zealand at the World Club Nike U16 Championship.

Admir won a pair of national high school titles with Hutt Valley High School, and he played in the Central Premier League for Lower Hutt City, Stop Out and Western Suburbs FC. He was also a member of the Ole Academy that toured the USA when he was 18, beating both the LA Galaxy U19 and Chivas USA U19 teams.


Victor Verdugo

Victor Verdugo

Assistant Coach

Victor Verdugo brings a track record of player development into his first season as the Matadors Goalkeeper Coach. The Arizona native played in the ACCAC at conference foe Chandler-Gilbert and for the Arizona Saguaros Professional Development League before beginning his coaching career. Verdugo's list of keepers who have played for national teams and his time as apart of Olympic Development camps add another layer of knowledge and an additional resource for Arizona Western's keepers to rely. 

Prior to coming to Yuma, Verdugo served as the Assistant Goalkeeper Coach for Colorado Mesa University in the NCAA when the Mavericks 11 shutouts were 5th in the country. Verdugo has also spent time with the Arizona Olypmic Development Program and the USL-W League as an assistant.


Tom vonAhlefeld

Tom vonAhlefeld

Assistant Coach

Tom vonAhlefeld returns for his eighth year on the AWC Soccer bench but brings back decades of experience in assistance of Head Coach Kenny Dale. In the summer of 2011, Dale brought in vonAhlefeld from law enforcement to lend his various levels of expertise to his coaching staff. vonAhlefeld’s resume and experience in athletics, fitness, education, government and law enforcement brings a wide variety of expertise and advisement.
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.
Upon 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.


Tim Dennison

Tim Dennison

Assistant Coach

Tim Dennison joins the Matador coaching staff as a scouting assistant based in Europe. Tim played youth soccer in the US and Europe. He played through the college and semi-professional levels, both indoor and outdoor. He has won city, state and regional championships in the Southwest and Southeast regions. Tim has held both USSF and NSCAA coaching certification and coached the University of Arizona to a national club championship. He also refereed domestically in the US and professionally, as an international, with the S-League in Singapore. Tim is currently based in the Netherlands and works as a US intellectual property attorney and a UK solicitor.


Alan Pruitt

Alan Pruitt

Strength Coach

Alan Pruitt adds Men's Soccer to his duties in 2019. Coach Pruitt is a fitness professional and certified personal trainer who started his fitness career at Arizona Western College in 2013. Coach Pruitt holds multiple national athletic coaching certifications in adaptive sports, running, indoor rowing, swimming, and sports performance. He graduated from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate student at American Military University in exercise science and human performance. Originally from Georgia, and retired from the US Marine Corps, he has called Yuma home since 2007.


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