Dan Balaguero was named the first coach for the inaugural men's soccer program at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on March 2007.
In his seven seasons, Balaguero has directed his squads to four Red River Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. During those seven years between 2007 and 2010, Balaguero has been named RRAC Coach of the Year in all four seasons and then again in 2012.
They finished 13-5-2 in 2007, 15-5 in 2008, 17-0-2 in 2009, and 15-4-1 in 2010 and 9-6-3 in 2012 for an overall record of 82-26-9 (.795).
In 2007, they won two games to win the RRAC Tournament championship, and received a #3 ranking in the NAIA Region VI Tournament. They defeated conference rival Texas Wesleyan University in the regional quarterfinals, 5-0, but lost in the regional semifinals 2-0 on the road.
In 2008, they won two games to win the RRAC Tournament title again, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. They were matched against the traditional national tournament qualifier University of Mobile on the road. After a scoreless first half, Mobile scored three times in the second half for a 3-0 win.
In 2009, they finished the regular season ranked No. 15 in the nation by the NAIA. They were awarded a NAIA National Championship Opening Round host bid. They faced Biola University (Calif.) in Brownsville. The two teams finished 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime tied, 2-2, sending the game into penalty kicks. Biola advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16 by virtue of a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks.
In 2010, they started the season slowly with a 2-3-1 record, but rallied for 13 straight victories, including a 9-0 RRAC record and two 1-0 wins in the RRAC Tournament. They lost in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
In 2011, they ended the season with an overall record of 13-6-2 and a 9-1-1 conference record. Their play was good enough to earn them an invite to the NAIA National Tournament losing in Belhaven 3-2 in the opening round.
In 2012, they started the season with consecutive ties before traveling to then No. 2 Baker University and beating them 2-0. That monumental win was one of the biggest in program history. Through the first nine conference matches of the 2012 season they went 8-1. During that stretch they rode a five game winning streak outscoring their opponenets 32-5. On October 11th during that streak and playing their best soccer of the season UTB/TSC beat defending Red RIver Athletic Conference Huston-TIllotson 3-2 in double overtime; by far the best home game of the year. They qualified for the RRAC Tournament and were ousted in the first round, a 2-1 loss in double overtime.
In 2013, the 21-year old merger between UTB and TSC ended. The men's soccer program plays for UTB and their new mascot is the Ocelots.
The Ocelots finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 13-3-2 and a RRAC record of 5-1-1 and along the way beating the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on the road on September 5. At the time USAO was the No. 10 team in the country. UTB biggest win of the season came in Orange Beach, Alabama when they defeated the then No. 1 team in the country, University of Mobile, 4-2 on September 28. From a stretch that began on August 25 through October 3 the Ocelots went on a 10-1 tear that saw them outscore opponents 54-13. After those wins, UTB went from being outside the Top 25 rankings and jumped thirty-eight spots from No. 44 to No. 6 in the NAIA. Their No. 6 ranking is the highest ranking in program's history. The Ocelots qualified for the RRAC tournament and reached the title game of the tournament in Houston on November 9. UTB put three players on the RRAC first-team and five more players earned second-team honors.
Balaguero has a successful head coaching record in the NAIA. In three seasons at Virginia Intermont College, from 2003 to 2006, he led the Cobras to a 52-14-2 record. His teams captured the NAIA Region XII Championships in 2003 and 2005. His teams also won two Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament championships and one Appalachian Athletic Conference championship.
During the 2006-07 season, Balaguero was an assistant coach at the University of Maine, a NCAA Division I school.
In 2003, his team reached the NAIA National Championship's Final Eight. In the 2005 NAIA National Championship, his 19th-ranked team exited in the first round. However, Balaguero was still named the 2005 NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year.
He began his coaching career as head coach at Champlain College (Vt.), posting a 27-14-4 record from 2000 to 2003. The team advanced to three consecutive NJCAA regional playoffs.
During his tenure in Brownsville, Balaguero has coached four All-Americans in Mark McCormick, Juan Nava, Ricardo Diegues, and two time All-American Mario Perez as well as numerous all conference selections and conference Player of the Year.
Balaguero has been selected as conference Coach of the Year five times, four of them consecutive from 2007-2010 and then again in 2012.
Balaguero received his undergraduate degree in from West Virginia University in Morgantown in June 1999. He went on to receive his graduate degree in from American Intercontinental University in Chicago in June 2005.
Balaguero has NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas and at one time was a member of the MLS Houston Dynamo South Academy coaching staff.
As a player, Balaguero was a two-time NJCAA All-American and the National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year at Champlain College in 1996. Balaguero then played at West Virginia University, where he was named to the All-Big East Team and also a First Team Regional All-American.
Dan Balaguero's Coaching Record
|2003-06||Virginia Intermont College||52-14-2||.794|
|1||Ben Perez||SR||GK||6-0||Santiago, Chile||Lee University (Tenn.)|
|2||Mikail Ellis||FR||D||6-3||San Fernando, Trinidad||Presentation College|
|4||Dillon Gaffney||JR||D||5-11||Dublin, Ireland||College of Southern Maryland|
|5||Perry Goldsbury||SO||D||6-0||London, England||St. Peter's College (N.J.)|
|6||Fabio Santos||JR||MF||5-9||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Colegio Sao Luis|
|7||Archie Massen||SO||MF||5-8||Lincoln, England||Lincoln College|
|8||Orrin Farrell||SR||MF||5-8||Eddenderry County, Ireland||Lindsey Wilson Univ. (Ky.)|
|9||Ricardo Diegues||JR||F||5-10||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Eden Escolar Dinamica de Ensino Mor|
|10||Victor Parreiras||JR||MF||5-9||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Colégio Cenecista Nilo Peçanha|
|11||Leonardo Medeiros||SR||F||5-9||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Northwest College (Wyo.)|
|12||Shervin Mohajeri||FR||D||5-10||London, UK||Kingston College|
|14||Oscar Valencia||JR||MF||5-11||Michoacan, Mexico||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|15||Juanito Garcia||FR||MF||5-6||Brownsville, Texas||Homer Hanna High School|
|16||Kegan Ellis||FR||D||6-3||San Fernando, Trinidad||Presentation College|
|17||Carlos Acevedo||FR||F||5-8||Brownsville, Texas||Homer Hanna High School|
|18||Igor Barbosa||SR||MF||6-0||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Barton County CC (Kan.)|
|19||Pierce Kiembi||SR||MF||6-1||Birmingham, England||Bryan College (Tenn.)|
|20||Beto Rico||FR||MF||5-9||Brownsville, Texas||St. Joseph Academy|
|21||Jesse Hinds||JR||D||5-11||Sydney, Australia||Ranger College|
|23||Juan Ibarra||FR||MF||5-8||Brownsville, Texas||University of Houston-Victoria|
|24||Gus Holmes||JR||M||6-3||Fredrikstad, Norway||Bethel Univ. (Tenn.)|
|25||Sam Butler||SO||GK||5-11||Bath, England||Beechen Cliff School|
|30||Axel Svenson||JR||GK||6-0||Hojam, Sweden||Marks Gymnasteckola|
|99||Mario Perez||SR||MF||5-7||Brownsville, Texas||Gladys Porter High School|
|(2) UTB at|
|NAIA National Tournament Sweet 16|