Alex Aldaz is entering his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer program.
In Aldaz’s five seasons on the staff he has helped the Eagles to a 47-36-8 overall mark and coached them to an all-time record of 28-14-2 in Atlantic Sun Conference matches. Over the past two seasons, FGCU has spent a number of weeks in the national rankings by multiple media outlets, landing as high as No. 14 in the country at the start of the 2011 campaign.
While assisting on the coaching staff, Aldaz has worked with 23 A-Sun All-Conference selections since the Eagles joined the league during the inaugural 2008 campaign. In addition to its first two NSCAA All-Region selections and the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, the A-Sun Freshman of the Year highlighted the postseason accolades in 2011.
During the 2011 season, Aldaz helped the Eagles into postseason competition in the program’s first year of eligibility. With a 12-6-2 overall record, FGCU won its second consecutive A-Sun Conference regular season crown with a 7-1 league mark while securing the A-Sun Tournament No. 1 overall seed. The Green and Blue earned the A-Sun’s automatic NCAA Championship berth after clinching the league tournament title with a pair of one-goal victories over No. 4 Mercer (2-1) and No. 6 ETSU (1-0), becoming the first team since 2004 to claim both the regular season and tournament titles in the same year.
Also in 2011, Aldaz aided the Green and Blue in landing the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in Xavier Silva, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection and College Soccer News preseason third team All-American in Josey Portillo, and one of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award national finalist in Adam Glick. The Green and Blue also claimed three players on the A-Sun All-Conference first team, and pair of athletes on the second team and All-Freshmen squads. Additionally, Glick and Deion Jones were also selected to the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team.
The 2010 squad finished with a perfect 9-0 conference mark and brought the first ever A-Sun regular season conference championship to the FGCU campus, outscoring their league opposition 26-2. As one of just five schools in the nation to finish with an unblemished conference mark, the Blue and Green landed a program best seven student-athletes on the A-Sun All-Conference teams and the Defensive Player of the Year in Adam Glick. In addition to their A-Sun first team selections, midfielder Josey Portillo and defenseman Deion Jones were also selected to the NSCAA All-South Region team for their efforts on the pitch in 2010. Following the outstanding season, Aldaz was named to College Soccer News’ 2011 Top Assistant Coaches List.
FGCU’s 2009 campaign was a tremendous stepping stone in the program’s recent success, as it was the first time the Blue and Green had finished with a winning-record, holding an 8-7-1 mark and finishing third in a very close three-way battle for the Atlantic Sun regular season championship. For the efforts on the field, five student athletes were named to A-Sun postseason awards.
The coaching staff has also placed a strong emphasis on hard work inside the classroom and in the community. The Eagles have received the NSCAA Team Academic Award in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, including a team GPA of 3.04 for the 2009-10 academic year. Additionally, the Blue and Green have made an effort to help those less fortunate in the community by annually volunteering their time at the local Salvation Army.
Prior to joining the FGCU men’s soccer staff, Aldaz served as an assistant coach at Xavier University. In his two years at Xavier, Aldaz helped the Musketeers reach the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament for the first time in nine years, best conference record and most overall wins in four years. Aldaz was also responsible for recruiting two 2006 Atlantic 10 All Rookie Team selections, in which Xavier was one of only two schools in the fourteen team conference to have multiple selections.
Before his tenure at Xavier, Aldaz served as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, and helped lead the Flyers to an 11-7-1 overall record including an 8-3-0 mark and runner-up finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2004. While at Dayton, Aldaz coached US National Team selections and Major League Soccer standouts Chris Rolfe and Dasan Robinson, along with four all Atlantic 10 Conference, three NSCAA All Region, and one NSCAA All American student-athletes.
Prior to his stint at Dayton, Aldaz was an assistant coach at the University of Redlands, a Division III institution in Redlands, California. In his two years at Redlands, Aldaz enjoyed a considerable amount of success as the Bulldogs boasted a two-year record of 36-4-2 and finished ranked in the top-11 nationally in both 2002 and 2003. The Bulldogs also won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in each of his two seasons, and were the highest scoring team in the 2003 NCAA Division III regular season with 92 goals in 20 games. For the 2002-03 seasons, Aldaz coached twelve All SCIAC, two SCIAC Players of the Year, six NSCAA All Region, and two NSCAA All American student-athletes.
Previous to his two-year stretch at Redlands, Aldaz was the assistant coach at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas during the 2001 season.
Aldaz began his coaching career for the Austin Flyers Soccer Club in Austin, Texas, where he was responsible for training and coaching nationally-ranked boys' soccer teams.
Aldaz was a former midfielder in the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues and helped the University of Texas club team to a national championship in 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, has a master’s degree from the University of Redlands, and has received the NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF A License. Aldaz is also a staff coach for Florida ODP.
A Buenos Aires, Argentina native, Aldaz speaks Spanish and Italian, and is conversational in Portuguese. He resides in Estero with his wife Gina, son Alex and daughter Lucia.