Following a trip to the NCAA Tournament last season as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon, Edgar Anzaldo has been named an assistant coach with the UTEP soccer program, head coach Kathryn Balogun announced on Tuesday.
Anzaldo spent the past two seasons with GCU as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. His tenure was highlighted by a 16-4-2 mark during the 2021 campaign in which the Lopes won the WAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Following the season, GCU swept all the major All-WAC awards and had four players named All-WAC selections.
He has over a decade of experience as an assistant coach at the collegiate level including stops at East Central in Oklahoma (2009-2011), San Diego State (2013-15), Gonzaga (2016), San Diego (2017-19) and GCU (2020-22).
Prior to the past two seasons at GCU, Anzaldo helped lead the San Diego Toreros to 24 wins and landed eight players on All-West Coast Conference teams, including the WCC Goalkeeper of the Year.
Before spending the 2016 campaign at Gonzaga, Anzaldo was part of a coaching staff that led the San Diego State to three straight Mountain West Conference regular-season championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. SDSU went 43-16-5 in those three seasons, along with having the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and the Freshman of the Year in 2015. Anzaldo helped coach 11 players to Mountain West first-team honors and five to second-team honors.
“We are excited to welcome Edgar to the 915,” Balogun said. “He brings with him great knowledge and experience as a facilitator and recruiter. He knows what it takes to win at this level and is passionate about building programs within our style of play. Edgar is already making a difference within our preseason training sessions and positively building on our culture. He might have been a late addition, but has had great enthusiasm to get caught up and dive right in.”
Anzaldo played soccer at Fullerton College and St. Gregory’s in Shawnee, Okla. While at Fullerton, the two-year team captain was a two-time All-Conference performer, 2001 Defensive MVP and 2002 Team MVP. At St. Gregory’s, Anzaldo was named team captain and went on to earn 2003 and 2004 Team MVP accolades and 2003-04 Cavalier Male Athlete of the Year honors.
The new assistant takes the spot of Kate Ward on the coaching staff, as Ward has taken an assistant position at High Point.
UTEP begins the 2022 season unofficially on Wednesday by hosting Colorado College in an exhibition contest at University Field. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free of charge to all fans.