Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Wayne State College ’03
Wayne State College ’05
NSCAA Premier Diploma
USSF National “A” License
USSF National “Y” License
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer team has made a habit of qualifying for the post-season, and that is a trend fifth-year head coach Jeremy Tosaya would like to see continue in 2013.
In 2012 the Tigers were eliminated in the first round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament when they faced the top-seeded Hastings College Broncos. Dakota Wesleyan finished the year 6-11-2 overall and 3-5-2 in the GPAC. Hugo Gonzalez earned All-GPAC Second Team honors and Jose Lopez and Carlos Mora both earned honorable mention accolades. Gonzalez was named the league’s Offensive Player-of-the-Week in the final week of the regular season, and junior Trent Robbins earned NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors.
In four seasons, Tosaya has coached 16 All-GPAC award winners, three NAIA Scholar-Athletes and two Academic All-District selections. The Tigers have also broken numerous program records under the direction of Tosaya since 2009. In 2011, DWU finished the regular season second in the GPAC – its highest regular-season finish – which allowed the Tigers to host their first-ever playoff game. That same season, DWU had eight All-GPAC selections, the most in program history. In 2010, the Tigers qualified for their first conference playoff game and upset second-seeded Doane College before they were eliminated by the University of Sioux Falls in a double overtime thriller.
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.
Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’13
Jose Lopez continues his soccer career at Dakota Wesleyan University in a new capacity beginning in the fall of 2013 as the graduate assistant coach. Lopez’s duties will include assisting the varsity team in operations and recruiting, as well as assuming the head reserve team coaching responsibilities.
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.
At Dakota Wesleyan, Jose is pursuing his master’s degree in educational policy and administration.
Assistant Soccer Coach
Ashford University ’12
Rafael Simmons begins his first season as an assistant coach with the DWU men’s soccer program in 2013 after a four-year playing career.
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.
Assistant Soccer Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’11
After two seasons away from the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer program, Jordan Werner returns to his alma mater, this time as a coach.
Werner, who graduated from DWU in 2011, will serve as the Tigers’ goal keepers coach starting in 2013. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in wildlife management and has done two stints in the Premier Development League – the top developmental men’s league in North America. He played with the Nashville Metros in 2011 and the St. Louis Lions Reserve in 2009.
While at Dakota Wesleyan, Werner, a Mitchell native, set the school record for saves (133) and shutouts (8) in a season and saves (458), wins (26) and shutouts (11) in a career. He earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades in 2008 and 2009 and second team honors in 2011. He helped the Tigers to back-to-back 9-9 seasons in 2010 and 2011, and was part the first men’s soccer team to appear in the GPAC Postseason Tournament in DWU history.