Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Wayne State College ’03
Wayne State College ’05
NSCAA Premier Diploma
USSF National “A” License
USSF National “Y” License
Jeremy Tosaya is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Tiger men’s soccer program, looking to break through for the team’s first 10-win season in school history. DWU has finished with at least eight wins four of the last five seasons and Tosaya is on the verge of pushing the Tigers to the next level.
The Tigers finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 8-10-1 and a 3-5-1 mark in the GPAC. The Tigers made the GPAC postseason tournament for the fifth straight season under Tosaya in 2014, falling to league champion Hastings College in the quarterfinals.
After three straight losses to start the 2014 season, the Tigers got hot, wining six straight games including three consecutive shutouts. The run started with the program’s first ever win over a ranked team with a 2-0 vicotry over Rocky Mountain College. The run of shutouts helped goalkeeper Alex Nelson earn GPAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Sept. 9. The Tigers added two more weekly honors, with Chaz Foss and Adam Jahnel each earning the league’s offensive award in consecutive weeks to close out September.
DWU played several close games in league play, dropping three one-goal contests and battling Briar Cliff University to a 1-1 tie. DWU exploded for a 7-1 win over rival Mount Marty College on the road, with Foss netting a hat trick and Tyan West adding two more for the Tigers.
DWU earned six nods ont he Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete list in 2014, matching the program’s output for the nine seasons combined. Foss was named to the All-GPAC Second Team, while Bryce Berletic earned an Honorable Mention.
In five seasons, Tosaya has coached 34 All-GPAC award winners, 12 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, seven GPAC players-of-the-week, one NAIA Player-of-the-Week and two Academic All-District selections. The Tigers have also broken numerous program records under the direction of Tosaya since 2009.
In addition to his coaching duties at Dakota Wesleyan, Tosaya is a member of the Region II Olympic Development Program (ODP) coaching staff. He is a staff coach for the South Dakota State Soccer Association and Minnesota Youth Soccer Association coaching education programs and has served as a state staff coach for the South Dakota State ODP. In September 2012, Tosaya was invited to join the National Soccer Coaches Association of America instruction staff as an Associate Instructor.
Before accepting the head coaching position at DWU, Tosaya had spent the previous three seasons as the men’s and women’s head soccer coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Tosaya started the women’s program from scratch, and led the men’s team to its first Red River Athletic Conference Tournament appearance in five years.
During his tenure at Southwestern Assemblies, Tosaya coached a total of six All-RRAC selections, 11 NCCAA All-Central Region selections and 17 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. He was also voted the RRAC Men’s Soccer Chairperson, and he was one of 23 national raters for NAIA men’s soccer.
Tosaya spent 2005 in the GPAC as the head men’s soccer coach at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. During his season with the Chargers, he coached three All-GPAC selections and a pair of NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Tosaya also served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Wayne State College, in Wayne, Neb., from 2002 to 2004. He helped the Lady Wildcats to a third-place finish in the NSIC tournament in 2003.
Tosaya carries a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2003) and a Master of Science in Education degree in exercise science (2005), both from Wayne State College (Neb.).
Jeremy Tosaya and his wife, Ashley, live in Mitchell. The couple recently welcomed a son, Brek, to their family.
Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’13
Jose Lopez enters his sixth season with the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer program in 2014. He was a four-year member of the Tigers’ varsity program, and joined the coaching staff in 2013 as a graduate assistant.
Lopez’s duties include assisting the varsity team in operations and recruiting, and he will take on the role of varsity assistant coach in 2014. He completed his Advanced National Diploma through the National Soccer Coaches Association of American in summer 2014.
Lopez has played a major role in the development of Tiger soccer over the last four years as a player, and now looks to have an impact on the program as an assistant coach. He served on the team’s leadership council for three years and was an All-GPAC selection in 2012. Lopez played a vital role for DWU in the midfield during his career and was a key leader when the Tigers finished second in the GPAC regular season during the 2011 campaign.
Lopez, a Lewisville, Texas, native, played for the Lewisville Fighting Famers during his successful high school career. He was also a member of the Gators Soccer Club when it finished second in the Dallas Classic League First Division and qualified for the Dallas Cup.
Lopez, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in criminal justice, is currently pursuing his master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan.
Assistant Soccer Coach
Ashford University ’12
Rafael Simmons begins his second season as an assistant coach with the DWU men’s soccer program in 2014. He joined the Tiger coaching staff after a four-year collegiate playing career.
Simmons, who completed his Advanced National Diploma through the National Soccer Coaches Association of American in summer 2014, will serve as the head coach of the DWU reserve team in 2014.
Simmons, a native of Bristol, England, spent the final two seasons of his collegiate career at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. He missed the final two seasons of his career due to an injury, but played in all 20 games and started in 19 as a junior in 2010.
Prior to transferring to Ashford, Simmons spent two seasons at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. He was a two-time team captain and earned NJCAA First Team All-Region honors his freshman and sophomore season. He was also named to the NSCAA All-South Team as a sophomore. Simmons graduated from Ashford in 2012 with a degree in physical education.