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Michael Pantalione -
Head Soccer Coach

Michael Pantalione

Michael Pantalione enters his 27th year in 2015 as Yavapai’s first and only head soccer coach. Under his direction, Yavapai developed the most successful Junior College soccer program in the nation, capturing 72 championships including seven national championships, 18 final four finishes, a combined 41 region and district championships along with 24 conference titles. He currently has the best winning percentage of any collegiate men’s soccer coach (555-47-26/.904) and is the all-time leader in JUCO wins (555).

In 1995, he was selected as the recipient of the NSCAA/NISOA National Merit Honor awarded to one college coach (2-year or 4-year/men’s or women’s) whose reputation is recognized as praiseworthy, and reflective of the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior. Additionally, honors include seven NJCAA and five NSCAA National Coach of the Year Awards along with being named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year 15 times. In 2006, he was the first active coach elected to the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received the prestigious NJCAA National Service Award given to those who have made significant contributions to junior college athletics. In 2015, he was awarded the NSCAA Letter of Commendation, presented for unusual achievement that clearly exceeds performance requirements, expectations and contributions beneficial to the NSCAA and soccer in the United States.

A native of Philadelphia and a former goalkeeper, Pantalione previously coached soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Montana, Kenyon College in Ohio, Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon and Archbishop Wood High School in Philadelphia.

He graduated from the University of Montana and earned his international soccer coaching license in England. Pantalione founded, developed, and directed youth soccer in Montana, including the first state program in Missoula. In addition, Pantalione has directed and coached various summer soccer camps across the nation. In 1980, he was named national soccer coach of the year by Special Olympics, Inc. of Washington, D.C. He is a 38-year member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and 19th year serving as National Chair for the NJCAA and NSCAA Soccer Rankings.

Head Soccer Coach
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301-3297
Office: (928) 776-2242
Fax: (928) 776-2243

Overall Record at Yavapai College

Year Wins Losses Ties National Ranking
1989 15 0 1
1990 21 1 1 1st
1991 22 1 0 2nd
1992 24 1 0 1st
1993 24 1 0 4th
1994 21 2 2 2nd
1995 21 3 1 2nd
1996 22 1 1 2nd
1997 23 0 1 1st
1998 23 2 0 3rd
1999 18 3 1 10th
2000 22 3 0 4th
2001 24 1 0 2nd
2002 22 2 1 1st
2003 22 2 1 1st
2004 23 2 0 4th
2005 24 2 0 2nd
2006 22 0 3 4th
2007 24 2 0 1st
2008 26 0 0 1st
2009 19 5 1 5th
2010 15 5 1 12th
2011 19 1 3 6th
2012 21 3 0 4th
2013 18 3 6 3rd
2014 20 1 2 3rd
2015 0 0 0
27 Years 555 47 26 7 national titles (72 conference, region, district & national titles)

Hugh Bell -
Associate Coach

hugh_bellHugh Bell was selected as Yavapai’s first associate soccer coach in 1992, the year the Roughriders won their second national championship. In 2008, he was elected into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2003, Bell was honored with the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year award in a ceremony held at the America West Arena in Phoenix. Bell was also selected as a finalist for the 2004 NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Bell previously coached several clubs, three different high school programs in Arizona and at Scottsdale Community College. He came from Belfast, Northern Ireland where he played on numerous clubs as an attacker. He was a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a national coaching license. In addition, he has directed and coached various summer soccer camps across the nation and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Associate Soccer Coach
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301-3297
Office: (928) 776-2241
Fax: (928) 776-2243

Emilio Estrada -
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Emilio EstradaEmilio Estrada was selected Yavapai’s (volunteer) goalkeeping coach in 2011. Originally from Valle De Bravo, Mexico and a former professional goalkeeper, Estrada currently holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License. His previous coaching experiences included training the goalkeepers associated with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer as well as Guatemala’s National Under 17 Team. In addition to working with various club programs, Estrada has also coached at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley for six years.

Assistant Soccer Coach
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301-3297
Office: (928) 776-2241
Fax: (928) 776-2243

Yavapai Soccer — “A Winning Tradition”

Winning Percentage .904
National Championships 7
National Championship Game Appearances 13
National Tournament Appearances 20
National Top 4 Finishes 18
Arizona Conference Championships 24
Twenty-win seasons 20
Playoff victories 102
Championships (conference, region, district, national) 72

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