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 been on the verge of history in three of the past four seasons, and in 2014 sixth-year head coach Jeremy Tosaya is looking to guide the Tigers over the brink and into the record books.
The Tigers have won nine games in three of Tosaya’s five seasons, including a 9-8-2 overall record in 2013, but have come up short of the school record of 10 wins in a season. Dakota Wesleyan finished 4-5-1 and in sixth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference last season, and lost in the first round of the league’s postseason tournament. This marked the fourth straight year DWU has qualified for the tournament.
Dakota Wesleyan competed against some of the top teams in the NAIA once again in 2013, and several games went down to the wire. The Tigers played No. 16 Jamestown College to a 0-0 tie in double overtime on Sept. 8, and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Nelson was named GPAC and NAIA Defensive Player-of-the-Week after making 13 saves against the Jimmies. The Tigers also lost by a single goal, 2-1, to Hastings College, which was ranked sixth in the NAIA at the time.
Nelson, who was the Tigers’ second-ever national player of the week, earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades along with defenders Ryan West and Trent Robbins, midfielder Zach Schneider and forward Mike Haight. Robbins, a senior, and Bryce Berletic, a junior, earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In five seasons, Tosaya has coached 32 All-GPAC award winners, five NAIA Scholar-Athletes, four 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.