YUMA, Ariz. – Looking to build on a strong foundation of recent success by the Women’s Soccer team, Arizona Western College Athletic Director Jerry Smith announced the hiring of Ivan Dizdar as the program’s fifth head coach Tuesday afternoon.
Dizdar, comes to Yuma with a history of success in the ACCAC as a head coach on the women’s side and as a player on the men’s side.
“Getting a coach of Ivan’s caliber is quite exciting,” said Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “Ivan is someone who is going to lead our Women’s Soccer program to be successful in every facet of life. He understands that academic and social success play vital roles in accomplishing the goals we have for our student-athletes individually and as a whole.”
He has guided his teams to two consecutive Region Championships in each of the past two seasons at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. In 2018, Dizdar’s team won the District Championship as well and made an appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Alabama.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity that Arizona Western College provides,” said Dizdar. “The chance to develop student-athletes academically and athletically is truly unique and it is a great community to be apart of and I’m anxious to contribute to it.
His track record of success coaching and recruiting pre-dates his time in Phoenix, having served as an assistant coach for the Yavapai Men’s Soccer team during their 2016 Region title.
Prior to working his way back into the college ranks as a coach, he earned District Coach of the Year honors leading the Girl’s at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. He added that award to a Region Coach of the Year Award on the Boy’s side at Thunderbird High School,
A native of Phoenix, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dizdar worked his way into coaching his alma mater, Seattle University, as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for the Redhawks.
Dizdar’s successful coaching career came on the heels of an excellent collegiate career as a goalkeeper having led Yavapai to consecutive National Championships and then moving onto Seattle University for his final two years.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.