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George Kuntz enters his 18th season as the men's head soccer coach at UC Irvine in 2011 and has been a NCAA/NAIA collegiate head coach for 25 years. He has been named NSCAA/adidas Far West Region Coach of the Year in (2006 & 2008) and seen a number of players jump to the next level including 10 in Major League Soccer (MLS) and three on various U.S. National Teams.
Coach Kuntz and the Anteaters returned to the postseason in 2011 after winning the Big West Tournament for a third time earning a No. 8 National seed finishing the season ranked 13th with a school record 16 wins while going 16-6-1. The 2011 season was another giant leap in the college soccer world being ranked as high as fifth. The 'Eaters earned their third All-American honor under Coach Kuntz and the first First Team All-American. In addition, the soccer program has earned 13 conference players of the year, 117 all-conference honors, and 12 All-West region honors.
2010 saw Coach Kuntz lead the Anteaters to a 14-3-3 record and a Big West regular season title. The 14 wins marked the second most for Kuntz behind only 2008's 15 wins. The team's seven conference wins tied a school conference mark, as well, and it still finished ranked 22nd.
In 2009, UCI won the Big West Tournament and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and a first round bye by virtue of a 4-1 win on the road against No. 4 UCSB. UC Irvine was rewarded for a historic 15 win season by receiving the 16th seed for the NCAA Division I Tournament and played host to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in front of 2000 fans. The team finished No. 3 in the West region and No. 25 in the nation.
Kuntz led the 2008 Anteaters to their first ever Big West championship with a 5-1-4 record, their first Big West Tournament title and first trip to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA tournament he guided the team to the Round of 16 after earning the No. 14 national seed to start the tourney. Kuntz was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year. The 2008 squad had four players earn All-American honors. The 'Eaters were ranked as high as seventh nationally, 10th in the NSCAA, UCI's highest year-end ranking to date at the end of the regular season and concluded with a school-best 15-2-6 record.
Kuntz came to UCI from Pepperdine where he was the first women's soccer head coach; recording a 23-11-2 record in the first two seasons of the program's existence including historic wins over UCLA and USC. Kuntz began his collegiate coaching career at California Lutheran University in 1988 and compiled a five-year record of 60-27-10 (.670). The Kingsmen won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles in 1991 and 1992 and advanced to the NCAA Far West Regional title game. In 1989 founded the women's soccer program at California Lutheran University and recorded a 51-24-1 (.678) record from 1989-1992. California Lutheran's women's team was ranked No. 1 in the Far West region and No. 3 in the nation in 1992 with a 17-4 record. Kuntz led the team to SCIAC championships in 1991 and 1992. The team went to the NCAA Far West final in 1992.
Kuntz coached four National Championship teams in the Donnelly Cup (Amateur Adult Division National Championships) as the California Soccer Association Head Coach for both the men and women. The California State Select Men's Team won National Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005. His women's California State Select won the national title in 2006, the regional title in 2004 and, participated in the National Final Four in 2005.
Kuntz is a 1989 graduate of Arizona State University and holds a bachelor's degree in communication arts. He graduated with a Master's degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from California Lutheran University. He holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, National Youth License, and the National Soccer Coaches Association Advanced National Diploma.
Coach Kuntz has spent a large part of his coaching career studying the development of the youth soccer player and is nationally recognized as the one of the longest serving United States State Association (USYSA) Directors of Coaching in the United States. George Kuntz has been the Technical Director and Director of Coaches Education for the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association for ten years. He served as the Director of Coaching for the California Youth Soccer Association - South for eight years and was the catalyst for mandatory licensing for youth soccer coaches in the United States. He was named 1995 CYSA - South Boy's Coach of the Year. Kuntz was also director of the Olympic Development Program from 1992 - 1996.
In May, 2011 he was appointed the AYSO National Director of Player Development –Technical Advisor.
In 1994 Kuntz worked at the Federation International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Pasadena, California as an (FIFA) Assistant Technical Advisor.
Kuntz founded the Team Soccer Direct camp program in 1977, which has evolved into one of the nation's best summer camp programs and has been involved in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as a player, coach, and administrator for 34 years.
Kuntz played at Westmont College, San Diego Mesa College, and
Scottsdale College during his collegiate years and was drafted by
the Phoenix Fire of the American Professional Soccer League. Kuntz
has two children; a son Jordan and daughter Sevilla.
During each of the past five seasons the UC Irvine Men's team has been ranked in the top 25 in the nation by the NSCAA during the regular season. At UC Irvine, he has produced close to 80 players that have been named all-conference and close to 100 were honored as scholar athletes recognized for their academic achievement. He has had ten players drafted or signed by Major League Soccer. His teams have broken all of the records at UC Irvine for wins and earned it's first and second ever post season berth into the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.
- 2008 - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Far West Coach of the Year (NCAA DI Men)
- 2008 - Big West Conference - Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
- 2006 - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Far West Coach of the Year (NCAA DI Men)
- 2006 - Big West Conference - Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
- 2006 - Inducted into the California Lutheran University - Hall of Fame (Men's and Women's Soccer)
- 2005, 2004, 2003 - Big West Conference (UC Irvine) Sportsmanship Award (team)
- 2004 - The Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award, Irvine Prevention Coalition - Community Service
- 2001 - Big West Conference - Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
- 2000 - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation - Pacific Division Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
- 1995 - California Youth Soccer Association - South - Coach of the Year (Boy's)
- 1992 - National Soccer Coaches Association Far West Coach of the Year, (NCAA Women)
- 1991 - National Soccer Coaches Association Far West Coach of the Year, (NCAA Men)
- 1988 - NAIA District III Coach of the Year, (Men)
Head Men's Coach, University of California, Irvine 1994 - Present
Head Women's Coach, Pepperdine University 1993-1994;
Head Men's Coach, California Lutheran University, 1988-1992;
Head Women's Coach, California Lutheran University 1989-92.
National Soccer Involvement:
Founding member of the Latino Soccer Coaches Association of America; Member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; Member of the United States Soccer Federation Coaches Association; Volunteer with several youth organizations, NCAA Far West Committee Chair 1992; NCAA Far West D-1 Committee 1997-2000, 2006-Present Big West/Far West Committee Representative for NSCAA Rankings, Regional Olympic Development Coach, Community Public Speaking; Featured speaker, clinician, lecturer, and coach throughout the United States with the United States Youth Soccer Association, National Soccer Coaches Association of America, American Youth Soccer Organization.
Publications: Performance Soccer Conditioning, California Youth Soccer Association Monthly (over 30 articles), several other publications.
Videos - Soccer Learning Systems - "Soccer: How To Play
and How to Coach" Part 1, 2, and 3
Championship Productions - 2010 Soccer Coaching DVD Series