Randy Dodge enters his sixth year as Vanguard's Director of Soccer. He has led Vanguard's women's soccer program to a 51-24-19 overall record in his first five seasons with the VU women. He is also in his tenth season as VU's men's head coach, accumulating a 99-61-17 overall record in his first nine seasons. Dodge graduated from Vanguard University (then Southern California College) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 1993, and earned a Master's degree in Education in 1998 from California State University San Bernardino. During his years as a student-athlete at Vanguard University, he played for Coach Dave McLeish, who left VU after a 16-year coaching stint with the Lions. Dodge was a four-year player, served as team captain, and was selected to play in the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Star game as a senior.
Coach Dodge and the Lions are coming off at 2010 season that saw VUSC finish with an 8-6-4 overall record, and a 2-5-3 mark in GSAC play. Dodge had one All-GSAC player (Ivana Mendez) and one GSAC Scholar-Athlete (Jesse Castro), and the Lions were named an NAIA Scholar Team, recognizing the program for a team-GPA of 3.30. In 2009, Dodge led the VU Women to perhaps the finest season in program history, including Vanguard's first NAIA National Tournament appearance for the Women's program. The 2009 Lions finished with a 13-2-6 overall record, and a 5-1-4 mark in GSAC play. The Pride won the GSAC Postseason tournament for the first time in school history as well, advanced to the second round of the NAIA tournament, and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the country. Dodge's crew was recognized nationally, with four NAIA All-Americans, four All-GSAC honorees, and one NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Dodge began his coaching career at an early age, while still a student at Vanguard and a member of the Lions' soccer team. He has spent more than 20 years involved with boy's and girl's high school soccer and is currently the Director of Soccer and head coach for both teams at Aliso Niguel High School. Since 1997, his Aliso teams have won 11 League Championships and one State Championship while Dodge has compiled an overall soccer record of 360-100-74 at the high school level. In 2001, Dodge's team won the girl's Southern Section CIF division one title and he was named the LA Times HS Coach of the Year and the Student Sports Magazine National Coach of the Year.
Dodge is also a United States Soccer Federation "A" Licensed Coach and has applied 16 years coaching club soccer. Winning the National Championship U17, Dodge was also named the Cal South Nike Coach of the Year in 2011. Randy worked his way through the Olympic Development Program (ODP) with different age groups, serving as the head or assistant coach from 1995 to 2005.
In addition to his achievements and present positions at the high school and club level, Dodge helped in the development of the University of California, Irvine men's soccer program where he served as an assistant coach for three years in the late 1990's.
Randy and his wife Stephanie, a Vanguard alumna of 1994, reside in Aliso Viejo, California with their four children Chase (15), Tess (13), Blair (8), and Kendra (3).
Ali returns for his fourth season as a part of Vanguard's Women Soccer Program, his second campaign as the Associate Head Coach for the Women. Malaekeh had served under Coach Dodge as a part-time assistant for the first two seasons. Malaekeh will assist in game-day coaching, design and run daily practices, and play a large role in recruiting.
Malaekeh's coaching resume' includes stints as an assistant coach at University of Louisville and University of Southern Indiana, as well as extensive club experience. He served on the staff of the Olympic Development Program for Regions II and IV, and has coached with the United FC and Slammers FC.
Malaekeh graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 1992 and brings a wealth of experience to the VU staff. Malaekeh's relationship with Randy Dodge was a major factor in bringing him to work with the Vanguard program.
"I came to VU for the opportunity to develop Christ-centered leadership and coaching abilities in a program that is nationally competitive."
Ali and his wife Karen attend Saddleback Church, where he is a Men's Ministry Community Leader. Ali has two step-daughters, Chelsea and Malia.
Jesus is back for his sixth season working with the Vanguard women's soccer team and will serve the program as an assistant coach. He is also in his ninth season with the Vanguard Lions men's soccer program, taking on the position of Associate Head Coach in the fall of 2006.
Miramontes, Dodge's right hand man for the men's team, plays a big role in recruiting, training, and game-day coaching for the Lions. His long-standing experience as a player and a coach in the GSAC makes his presence vital to the Vanguard's soccer programs. Miramontes, who is also a staff coach for the Pateadores club team, also has over a decade of high school coaching experience between Troy High School and Sunny Hills High School.
Jesus, known as "Chuy", was a four-year starter and an All-GSAC player in 1996 at Vanguard (formerly Southern California College), playing an important role in the program's success in the mid 1990's.
"I love Vanguard. I have been a part of VU since I was 13, when three of my brothers played here. This is where God wants me."
Jesus resides in Fullerton, California.
Andrew returned to the Vanguard Soccer program in 2010, after one season coaching at Concordia University, Irvine. 2011 will be May's fifth year on the Lions' staff, after spending three seasons as Associate Head Coach from 2006-2008. May has also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men's program at VUSC, and will continue that roll this season.
May was a student-athlete at Vanguard from 2002-05 after playing soccer at Fullerton College. He played in 20 games, scoring two goals and collecting two assists in two seasons with the Lions.
May has been coaching nearly ten years at the high school and club levels, serving on staffs for programs such as Aliso Niguel High School, Orange High School, and United FC club program. He holds a USSF National "B" License and a NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
May graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Vanguard in 2006 and recently completed a Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia.
"I love the coaching staff and the environment at Vanguard."
May and his wife Kelly have one son named Mikel, who is 3, and a nineteen-month old daughter, Keira.
Jeff is back with the Lions as an assistant coach for both the Men's and Women's soccer teams. Schofield, who played for Randy Dodge at UCI from 1996-1999, has several duties as a coach at VU. Among those duties, Schofield will assist in recruiting, the organization of practices, scouting, and game analysis.
Jeff graduated from UCI with a B. A. in Sociology in 2000, and then continued his education at Azusa Pacific University, where he earned his M.S. in Physical Education in 2006. He also has his teaching credential from National University.
Jeff is the Head Coach for Marina High School Boy's Soccer, and is also on staff at the Wolfpack Soccer Club. He led MHS to CIF in 2002, the same year he won Marina High's Coach of the Year award. Though he has experience at the high school level, Schofield looks forward to gaining collegiate coaching experience.
"I am excited to work with one of my former coaches and am determined to assist in continuing the great tradition at Vanguard University."
Jeff and his wife Sara live in Santa Ana, California.
Sean returns for his second season as a coach for the Lions. Sean joined the Vanguard soccer program in 2010 as a first-year assistant coach, and assisted both the men's and women's teams. Forster, who will primarily work with the goalkeepers for both programs, is also an assistant coach for United Futbol club program.
Forster earned a BA in Exercise Sports Science from Concordia University, Irvine in 2007.
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