Introducing Technical Director – George Kuntz
George Kuntz is the men’s head coach at California State University, Fullerton and has been an NCAA college head coach twenty – eight years. Kuntz is known as an “Educator” and “Program Builder” by being the first coach or rebuilding at each program or organization he has been associated with as a coach.
- California State University, Fullerton: Men’s Head Soccer Coach
- United States Soccer Federation “A” License
- NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
- NCAA College Head Coach for 28 Years
- NCAA (9) time College Coach of the Year
- Current Technical Director/Director of Coaching for Hawaii Youth Soccer Association
- Former National Player Development Technical Advisor for the American Youth Soccer Association (700,000 players and coaches)
- Former California Youth Soccer Association – South – Director of Coaching (10 years)
- NCAA Player Accomplishments – Academics – 150+ Scholar Athletes, 2 Big West (SAY),1 Lauds and Laurels, 1 Arthur Ashe, 4 UCI Leadership Awards, Athletic Awards – 15 former players have been drafted or signed by Major League Soccer, 7 All Americans (5 NSCAA, 1 College Soccer News, 1 Soccer America Freshman), 112 All-conference (93 Big West, 19 MPSF), 3 Soccer America MVP’s, 4 College Soccer News All-Americans, 27 All MPSF, 8 Big West Conference Players of the Year/ Tournament MVP, 16 All Far West Region, 3 US Full National Team Members, 2 US U-20 National Team Members, 36 Big West Players of the Week (2 – MPSF), 17 College Soccer News players of the week
2014 – 2015 California State Fullerton Accomplishments
- 2015 NCAA Tournament 1st Round
- Big West Conference South Champions (1st ever at CSUF)
- 2015 Big West Tournament Champions (2nd ever at CSUF)
- 2015 Set a CSUF record for 11 shutouts
- 2015 Record 13-8-1 Second consecutive 10 plus season / winning season
- 2015 David Elias Big West Tournament MVP (broke the shutout record at CSUF)
- 2014 Big West Conference Tournament Champions (first ever at CSUF)
- 2014 NCAA Tournament (first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 years)
- 10-8-6 record first winning season in 8 years
- Big West Tournament MVP – Jeff Salt (2nd in CSUF history with GA average)
- 2015 MLS Combine invites – Marco Fenelus drafted by New England Revolution, Cameron Iwasa (UCI) drafted by the Montreal Impact
- New CSUF record for goals scored in a season (34)
- Tied the CSUF record for shutouts (9)
- Led the United States NCAA D-1 in shots
- First in the Big West Conference in shots with 361 and 15.04 shots per game
- Second in the Big West Conference in shutouts with nine. UC Irvine posted 10 shutouts in 2014.
- Second in the Big West Conference in total points with 102 and a 4.25 average per game.
- Second in the Big West Conference in assists (34) and assists per game (1.42)
- Changed the culture of the program
Significant Achievements (over the last eight years)
- 103 wins over the last eight years in the Big West Conference averaging more than 13 wins per season (most wins of any Big West school coach during the same period)
- Six NCAA Tournament appearances (four seeded)
- Six Big West Tournament Champion Titles
- Six Big West Championships
- Seven Big West Tournament Appearances
- George Kuntz (13-1) in Big West Tournament games since the inception of the tournament
- 6 times in the last eight years to the NCAA Tournament
- In 2010. 2013, 2015 the team won the Big West Regular Season title and was the first seed in the Big West Tournament
University of California, Irvine Accomplishments 1995-2013
- First Coach in UC Irvine history coach in the NCAA D1 Tournament (4 times)
- 2013 Record 15W – 5L – 3T, NCAA Tournament # 12 Seed 3rd Round Sweet Sixteen
- 4 Big West Champions
- 4 Big West Tournament Champions
- 2012 Team Sportsmanship Award
- Big West Tournament (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
- During eight seasons ranked top 20 in the USA at some point during the regular season
- Academics – 150+ Scholar Athletes, 2 Big West (SAY),1 Lauds and Laurels, 1 Arthur Ashe, 4 UCI Leadership Awards, Athletic Awards – 7 All Americans (5 NSCAA, 1 College Soccer News, 1 Soccer America Freshman), 107 All-conference (88 Big West, 19 MPSF), 3 Soccer America MVP’s, 4 College Soccer News All-Americans, 27 All MPSF, 15 Big West Conference Players of the Year, 6 Big West Tournament MVP’s, 15 All Far West Region, 3 US Senior National Team Member, 2 US U-20 National Team Members, 36 Big West Players of the Week (2 – MPSF), 17 College Soccer News players of the week
- 1 Lowe’s Senior Class All-American
- 13 former players drafted/played in Major League Soccer
Awards – Nine Time College Coach of the Year
- 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Far West Coach of the Year (NCAA D 1 Men)
- 2008 Big West Conference – Coach of the Year – (NCAA Division 1 Men)
- 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Far West Coach of the Year (NCAA D 1 Men)
- 2006 Big West Conference – Coach of the Year – (NCAA Division 1 Men)
- 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 Division 1 Men)
- 2000 – Mountain Pacific Sports Federation – Pacific Division Coach of the Year – (NCAA Division 1 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)
During the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 seasons the UC Irvine Men’s team was ranked in the top 20 in the nation by the NSCAA at some point during the regular season. At UC Irvine he produced close to 100 players that have been named all – conference and close to one hundred were honored as scholar athletes recognized for their academic achievement. A total of 13 UCI players have been drafted or signed by Major League Soccer. His teams have broken all of the records at UC Irvine for wins and it’s first ever post season berth and NCAA Tournament berth for men’s soccer.
He was the first women’s soccer head coach at Pepperdine University D-1 where he recorded a remarkable 23-11-2 record in the first two seasons of the Waves programs existence. He is one of the pioneers for collegiate women’s soccer in the United States.
In 1994 Coach Kuntz worked at the Federation International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Pasadena, CA. as an (FIFA) Assistant Technical Advisor.
Kuntz has coached four National Championship teams in the (Donnelly Cup) as the California Soccer Association Head Coach for both the men and women.
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 the prestigious United States Soccer Federation “A” license, National Youth License, the National Soccer Coaches Association Advanced National Diploma, and is AYSO certified as a coach.
George Kuntz has been the Technical Director and Director of Coaches Education for two USYSA State Associations (Hawaii and Cal South) for a combined 25 years. 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 Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) – Directors of Coaching for State Associations in the United States 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.
Known as a popular clinician, Kuntz has been directing camps for over thirty six years.
Head Coach California State University, Fullerton 2014 – Present; Head Men’s Coach University of California, Irvine 1995-2013: 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.
AYSO National Player and Development Technical Advisor (2011-2014) , AYSO National Camps, AYSO Tri-Sectional Meetings, AYSO Coaches Super Camp Clinician 17 years, works closely with many AYSO Regions around UC Irvine in both Area 11L and Area Q speaking at region meetings, Leadership Seminars for Captains of AYSO Plus Teams, Pacific Soccer Club Training Camps, Camp Summits, All Area 11L Plus Camp, AYSO North Irvine Plus Camps, AYSO South Irvine Plus Camps, provides curriculum, staff, and direction for two AYSO U-5 jamboree programs in Santa Margarita and Laguna Niguel, coached his son for three years in Aliso Viejo AYSO, and his daughter played in the AV and Laguna Niguel AYSO U-5 program. His college soccer team’s also integrated with al local AYSO and club programs with community service appearances and training.
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, NSCAA National Rankings Committee 2006- present, NCAA Far West Committee Chair 1992 and 2014; NCAA Far West D-1 Committee 1997-2000, 2006-Present Big West/Far West Committee Chair/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. He has helped the Soccer For Hope Camps for children that have cancer for 16 years
Coach Kuntz has been involved in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as a player, coach, and administrator for 36 years.
Publications: Performance Soccer Conditioning, California Youth Soccer Association Monthly (over 30 articles), several other soccer publications, Success in Soccer (November 2013)
- Soccer Learning Systems – “Soccer: How To Play and How to Coach” Part 1, 2, and 3
- Championship Productions – George Kuntz – Skill Series of Four Videos
Podcast: Responsible Sports (2013)
Kuntz played at Westmont College during his collegiate years and was drafted by the Phoenix Fire of the American Professional Soccer League.
George Kuntz has two children Jordan (14) and Sevilla (9).