National search is on for new head soccer coach
PORT ANGELES – The powerhouse men’s soccer program at Peninsula College, winners of eight straight league championships and four of the last seven Northwest Athletic Conference titles, is looking for a new head coach.
Following a brief but very successful two-year stint at Peninsula College, head coach Cale Rodriguez has accepted an assistant coaching position at University of California Irvine, a Division I program located near Rodriguez’s home town of Redlands.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to receive an opportunity to continue my coaching career at University of California, Irvine,” Rodriguez said in an e-mail to the campus community. “For me, the most important part in my decision to come to the college was to know that the college was committed to athletics from all avenues. While there were many successes on the field, what people don't see and know about is the hard work, dedication, time and energy that the many people at the college from faculty, admin, foundation and general employees have invested into our students. I have met a lot of good people that share the same passion I have in helping young people achieve and pursue education. And it's the people at the college that make Peninsula truly a special place.”
Rodriguez, who was named North Division Coach of the Year last fall, won league titles both seasons and captured the Northwest Athletic Conference championship in 2015.
“Cale did an outstanding job for us and we wish him all the best as he continues his coaching career at the Division I level,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life.
The move also involves his fiancée Dana De Vaughn, who served as assistant coach for the women’s soccer team, helping them win an NWAC championship in November.
“That’s a big loss for us, but our soccer program has everything in place for new coaches to come in and find immediate success. We’ll be conducting a national search for a men’s head soccer coach and a women’s assistant soccer coach,” said Ross. “We plan to post those positions right away and hopefully have coaches in place by spring.”
The head men’s soccer coaching position will also include a part-time teaching contract and will include benefits. The women’s soccer assistant coaching position is paired with a part-time on-campus job.
“Our ideal candidate for the head men’s job will have collegiate soccer coaching experience, as well as a Masters Degree and some teaching experience,” Ross said. “We had something like 35 applicants from seven countries when the position opened in 2015. I’m confident we’ll soon have another strong coach on board to continue our soccer tradition. We also have some very talented freshmen who are hungry to get back to the finals.”