Former Roughrider Named Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Paradise Valley
Former Yavapai College goalkeeper and volunteer coach, Ivan Dizdar, has been named the Head Women’s Soccer Coach for the defending NJCAA National Champions, Paradise Valley Community College. Last season, Dizdar was a volunteer assistant coach for the Yavapai College men’s team. The former goalkeeper was a key member of Yavapai’s back to back NJCAA National Championship teams in 2007 and 2008. Dizdar clean sheet in the 2008 NJCAA National Championship Game completed a perfect 26-0-0 season for the Roughriders. He moved on to continue his intercollegiate career in 2009 and 2010 at Seattle University, an NCAA Division One program. A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Dizdar has coached a number of high school and club programs in Washington and Arizona. He will continue his duties as the coaching director for the Yavapai (Youth) Soccer Club.
There are numerous, former Roughrider soccer players currently coaching in the high school ranks and in club soccer programs throughout the country and around the world. However, there are six HEAD soccer coaches in the intercollegiate ranks. They all played on national championship teams while representing the Roughrider soccer program. They include long-time women’s coach at Northern Arizona University, Andre Luciano (YC 1989, 1990); David Oberholtzer (YC 2003, 2004) with the men’s program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; Also in Colorado, Brett Bentley (YC 2002) with the Adams State University men’s soccer; Josh Westermann (YC 2002, 2003) heading both the men’s and women’s programs at San Diego Christian College and Chris Sagar (YC 1991-1992), the long-time women’s soccer coach at Phoenix College who will be facing Ivan Dizdar’s Paradise Valley Community College team twice in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference this fall.