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UC Irvine's Kuntz Joins AYSO

posted May 31, 2011, 12:25 PM by AYSO26 Regional Commissioner   [ updated May 31, 2011, 12:28 PM ]
Reprint from AYSO newsletter, Hey Coach!

AYSO has announced today that George Kuntz—17-year head men’s soccer coach at the University of California, Irvine and long-time AYSO volunteer—has joined the organization as Player Development Technical Advisor. Kuntz joins the AYSO staff in this newly created position while maintaining his head coaching position at UC Irvine. 

As Kuntz steps into his role, recently retired AYSO National Coach John Ouellette will step into another newly created position as AYSO National Coach Instructor. Ouellette announced his retirement last January, but was approached to continue on the AYSO professional staff in this newly created consulting role. He will focus on the delivery of the AYSO National Coaching Program by identifying, training and evaluating Coach Instructors, Advanced Coach Instructors and National Coaches. 

Kuntz joins AYSO with a wealth of soccer knowledge and extensive experience from coaching U-6 to the highest levels of the sport. He will provide technical advice, direction and support to the AYSO National Coaching Advisory Commission, develop beneficial relationships with other soccer organizations on behalf of AYSO, provide topics, articles and interviews for AYSO publications and more. 

“I am excited to help develop players and coaches in AYSO at the national level,” said Kuntz, in accepting the appointment. “AYSO is an organization that holds an important place in American soccer and has been instrumental in the development of the grassroots player. The AYSO National Coaching Program pioneered recognizing that all young soccer players must have the opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time. 

“Our goal is to share information across soccer organizations and parallel the new curriculum and developmental goals of U.S. Soccer.” Kuntz will enter his 17th season as the head coach of men’s soccer for UC Irvine and has been a NCAA College Head Coach for 23 years. He is very familiar with AYSO – he regularly takes part in AYSO events and clinics and has been an AYSO Super Camp clinician for over 15 years. 

“I am thoroughly excited for George as he steps into his new position,” said Ouellette. “I’ve known and respected him for years and look forward to working with him to produce world class soccer programs that enrich children’s lives. 

“I have enjoyed my years as AYSO’s National Coach, and I look forward to stepping into this new role as the National Coach Instructor. It will be a great opportunity to take the solid AYSO National Coaching program and help develop an instructor program that will educate and inspire the AYSO coaches across the country.” 

Kuntz is a founding member of the Latino Soccer Coaches Association of America, member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a member of the US Soccer Coaches Association. Kuntz holds a holds a U.S. Soccer “A” license, National Youth License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. During the 1994 World Cup he worked for FIFA as a Technical Assistant. 

Kuntz has spent a large part of his coaching career studying the development of the youth soccer player, was nationally recognized as the one of the longest serving United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Directors of Coaching for CalSouth and the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association, and was the catalyst for mandatory licensing by USYSA of their youth soccer coaches. Kuntz continues to do coaching clinics and licensing, and most recently conducted a coaching clinic in Guam for the Guam FA. 

He was the first head coach for women’s soccer at Pepperdine University. There he recorded a remarkable 23-11-2 record in the first two seasons of the program’s existence, making him one of the pioneers for collegiate women’s soccer in the United States. During his tenure as a college head coach, Kuntz has coached over 100 players that have been named all-conference, 10 players that have been drafted or signed by Major League Soccer and has coached three Big West Champion teams for UCI.