2013 Men's Soccer
Record: 13-3-2 Home: 3-0-1 Away: 6-2-1 Neutral: 4-1 RRAC: 5-1-1
Dan Balaguero
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Dan Balaguero
Head Coach
7th Season

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

2000-03 Champlain College 27-14-4 .644
2003-06 Virginia Intermont College 52-14-2 .794
2007-12 UTB/TSC 82-26-9 .795
2013 UTB 13-3-2 .778
Total   174-57-17 .740




2013 Men's Soccer Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrev. School
1Ben PerezSRGK6-0 Santiago, ChileLee University (Tenn.)
2Mikail EllisFRD6-3 San Fernando, TrinidadPresentation College
4Dillon GaffneyJRD5-11 Dublin, IrelandCollege of Southern Maryland
5Perry GoldsburySOD6-0 London, EnglandSt. Peter's College (N.J.)
6Fabio SantosJRMF5-9 Sao Paulo, BrazilColegio Sao Luis
7Archie MassenSOMF5-8 Lincoln, EnglandLincoln College
8Orrin FarrellSRMF5-8 Eddenderry County, IrelandLindsey Wilson Univ. (Ky.)
9Ricardo DieguesJRF5-10 Rio de Janeiro, BrazilEden Escolar Dinamica de Ensino Mor
10Victor ParreirasJRMF5-9 Rio de Janeiro, BrazilColégio Cenecista Nilo Peçanha
11Leonardo MedeirosSRF5-9 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Northwest College (Wyo.)
12Shervin MohajeriFRD5-10 London, UKKingston College
14Oscar ValenciaJRMF5-11 Michoacan, MexicoOur Lady of the Lake University
15Juanito GarciaFRMF5-6 Brownsville, TexasHomer Hanna High School
16Kegan EllisFRD6-3 San Fernando, TrinidadPresentation College
17Carlos AcevedoFRF5-8 Brownsville, TexasHomer Hanna High School
18Igor BarbosaSRMF6-0 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Barton County CC (Kan.)
19Pierce KiembiSRMF6-1 Birmingham, England Bryan College (Tenn.)
20Beto RicoFRMF5-9 Brownsville, TexasSt. Joseph Academy
21Jesse HindsJRD5-11 Sydney, AustraliaRanger College
23Juan IbarraFRMF5-8 Brownsville, TexasUniversity of Houston-Victoria
24Gus HolmesJRM6-3 Fredrikstad, NorwayBethel Univ. (Tenn.)
25Sam ButlerSOGK5-11 Bath, EnglandBeechen Cliff School
30Axel SvensonJRGK6-0 Hojam, SwedenMarks Gymnasteckola
99Mario PerezSRMF5-7 Brownsville, TexasGladys Porter High School
Dan Balaguero - Head Coach - 7th season
Omar Apodaca - Grad Assistant - 2nd season