Kenny Dale’s teams continue to set new records for the program. The Matadors have made the playoffs for eight straight years (and counting), and the 2015 team set team records for conference wins (17), a 12-game winning streak, and a 15-game unbeaten streak while also claiming a share of the ACCAC title. During Dale's 11 seasons at Arizona Western, the Matadors have reeled off 10 winning seasons. The program’s first conference title arrived in 2010, and then the Mats 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.
With every one of his six previous years on the Matador Soccer coaching staff, the responsibilities, voice and tenure for Alfonso Perez have all gotten a little stronger. In year seven, Perez will continue to be relied on to assist Coach Dale’s successful tenure in front of Matador Soccer. 2013 was a benchmark year for Perez, since it was his first year as the team recruiting coordinator. Perez has enjoyed nothing but success during his five previous seasons, and he continues to expand both his coaching scope and local, regional and international recruiting scope as 2016 takes shape. Perez certainly has the respect of local soccer fans and players, having been a star defender for the Rams of Antelope High School. Perez currently holds a United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ license and National Youth license.
Tom Von Ahlefeld
Saying that it’s Tom vonAhlefeld’s fifth year on the AWC Soccer bench doesn’t come close to describing what Kenny Dale says Tom offers this program. Dale waits for vonAhlefeld to impart many of his ‘life experiences’ on his coaches and his student-athletes, and vonAhlefeld’s humility keeps them glued to his every word while his tales unfold. vonAhlefeld’s resume and experience in athletics, fitness, education, government and law enforcement is incredibly versatile, since 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. After 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. In the summer of 2011, Dale asked vonAhlefeld to put away the law enforcement uniform during soccer practices and games, and trade them in for a coach’s whistle to lend his various levels of expertise to his coaching staff.